New UK survey reveals our beliefs about staying sharp in later life

Filling out WKYS survey
Filling out the ‘What Keeps You Sharp?’ survey

This guest post was contributed by Dr Alan J. Gow, Associate Professor in Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University

What keeps you sharp?

That’s an important question for many of us, especially as we get older. It was also the name of a nationwide survey exploring what people expect to happen to their thinking skills as they get older, and the first results from this have just been released.

Over 3000 people across the UK responded to the survey, aged from 40 to 98 years old, and we’ve published these findings in a new report, ‘What Keeps You Sharp?’. Aimed at the public, older peoples’ groups, charities and health professionals, our intention is to help everyone think about their brain health in the same way we’ve become more knowledgeable over recent generations about managing our heart health or lowering our risk of certain cancers.

What did the results say?

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How exercise can improve brain health

We should all be aware that, as well as having an impact on our wider wellbeing, lifestyle factors also have an influence on our brain health and thinking skills, says Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK

A study from the University of Canberra published today tells us that aerobic exercise can improve our cognitive abilities, such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning, while muscle training – for example, using weights – can benefit memory and the brain’s ability to plan and organise. Continue reading “How exercise can improve brain health”