The latest cognitive neuroscience research reveals key ways to improve brain health in people of all ages and stages.

These discoveries are incredibly timely — now, more than ever.

Brain health among military service members is being called into question and has risen to the forefront of our national discourse. Advanced reasoning skills in American students are falling behind those of other developed countries. Among healthy adults, cognitive brain performance peaks, on average, in our early 40s, and estimates suggest the number of those living with Alzheimer’s will triple by 2050.

The multitude of factors that compromise brain function is costly at all levels of society — from the individual to our nation as a whole. Fortunately, there is good news to guide how to urgently and immediately tackle these issues. New scientific protocols are identifying that brain systems can be strengthened and cognitive performance can be enhanced. The outcomes underscore the potential to mitigate losses from medical, psychological and neurological setbacks, across the lifespan, adding years to cognitive brain performance and improved real-life outcomes.

What does this mean? Put simply, people can recover brain function to some degree after traumatic injury; cognitive decline due to aging can be slowed; lifelong education can be protective, and social brain networks can be improved.

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Published on The Huffington Post March 13, 2015