Humans are now living longer than ever, and for this reason most of us want to know how to stay mentally sharp as we age. Certain genetic factors influence whether mental function diminishes as a person grows old. Thankfully, however, some of this is within our own control.
A new report from the Institute of Medicine examines how aging affects attention, thinking and decision-making. It also recommends steps you can take to reduce your risk for cognitive decline, and suggests that being proactive now will pay off in the future.