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We all look forward to growing up; going to university, getting married, having children, seeing our children get married, getting to see our grandchildren etc.

We have expectations about growing up but not about ‘growing old. ’ Life begins at 40 like we hear, but when does getting old begin? 

Someone in his 40’s and 50’s would still regard himself as been ‘young’; because they are still working, physically active and not dependent on anyone for their activities of daily living. In the same vein, people refer to someone in their mid-60 as being old, because they are retired, take two to three prescriptions drugs daily, forget familiar faces and names and may not be able to hold their bladder.

So what do you consider a normal part of the aging process?

We all know aging will likely cause you to develop wrinkles and grey hair. But the do you know how the aging process will affect all the organs and systems in your body, your heart, teeth and sexuality?

To keep your memory sharp:
Eat a healthy diet. A heart healthy diet might benefit your brain. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains .Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry. What you drink counts, too. Too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory loss.

Include physical activity in your daily routine
Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. This might help keep your memory sharp.

Stay mentally active. Mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape—and might keep memory loss at bay. Do crossword puzzles. Take alternate routes when driving. Learn to play a musical instrument.

Be social. Social interaction helps ward of depression and stress, which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends and others.