An active lifestyle is linked with good brain health in old age
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) allows scientists to gain a better understanding of how the brain structure changes with age. We find age-related shrinkage of the grey matter (containing the nerve cells) in certain brain regions, reductions in the quality of white matter tracts connecting different brain regions, and often damage to these tracts. As these age-related alterations in the brain structure have been linked with decline in attention and memory, we try to identify lifestyle factors that may reduce these changes. Leisure activities, such as reading, playing cards or board games and visiting friends and family, have come into the spotlight in recent years.