- The Age-Proof Brain: Unlocking Memory, Health, and Cognitive Vitality with Dr. Marc Milstein Dr. Ron Kaiser 41:05
Dr. Ron Kaiser is the host of the podcast REJUVENAGING® with Dr. Ron Kaiser, and in this episode he interviews brain health expert Dr. Marc Milstein. Dr. Milstein has written a book, The Age Proof Brain, which provides strategies to improve memory, protect immunity, and fight off dementia. According to Dr. Milstein, our power to improve brain function lies in the brain’s connection with the rest of the body. The book covers topics such as sleep habits and environmental toxins, and offers integrative science-supported strategies to increase memory, fight off depression, improve mood, ignite energy, and even prevent dementia and non-genetic Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Marc Millstein was welcomed to the REJUVENAGING® with Dr. Ron Kaiser podcast to discuss the topic of aging and its effects on cognition. Dr. Millstein has a PhD in biological chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from UCLA. He discussed how there is an increase in cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s due to people living longer and underlying conditions that drive memory loss. He stressed the importance of taking control of these conditions, such as heart health, diabetes, and lifestyle factors, in order to protect one’s brain now and in the future.
The conversation discussed how to maintain memory health as one ages. It was highlighted that genes are not the only factor when it comes to memory health, and that there are various other areas that need to be taken into consideration. These include sleep, nutrition, stress levels, activity levels, underlying conditions such as cardiovascular health, diabetes, metabolism, and gut health. It was also highlighted that there are treatments available for many of these conditions, and that it is important to optimize them in order to maintain a healthy brain.
The conversation includes how memory and brain processing can improve or decline as people age. Multitasking becomes more difficult with age, and this can be a cause for concern. It is important to identify the root cause of memory issues, as they can often be treatable. Dr. Milstein suggests taking extra time to focus on one thing at a time, as our brains tend to forget information that we do not focus on for at least 10 seconds. This can be helpful in preventing people from having difficulty remembering things like where they put their keys or their car. Additionally, he suggests that analytical thinking and the ability to store information can improve with age.
Lastly, it was discussed that there are some normal age-related declines that should not be of alarm, such as difficulty in adapting to new technology. In conclusion, there are many steps that can be taken to maintain brain health as one ages.
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