Introduction to Brain Health
“There’s so much going on in that brain of yours.” It’s an expression we often use without thinking much about its meaning. But the truth of it is, there is a lot that is going on inside our brains. In fact, some argue that the human brain is the most complex of all of our biological systems. That’s not surprising given that the mature brain is composed of more than 100 billion neurons, the cells that process information by signaling one another.
Although there are many diseases and conditions that can develop from adolescence through middle age, we tend to focus on our brain health during our early years and again in our later years. When we’re young, we are concerned with how well the brain develops and how quickly we can learn skills, tasks, facts and more. In our later years, we focus on maintaining our brain health and minimizing the cognitive effects that are a normal part of aging.