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The Changing Brain

The only constant about your brain is that it’s always changing. Change in brain function is to be expected as you age. Even after your brain reaches maturity, it’s still changing.

It’s called “brain plasticity”as we experience the world, practice habits and learn new information, our brains change, grow new connections and repair broken ones. As we age, our experiences and knowledge keep our brains working, developing and learning.

Understanding that not all changes are a sign of concern is important. We all lose our keys and forget people’s names. We do it throughout our entire lives. It’s not until we’re older that these common mishaps cause us worry. It’s also important to know there are several other reasons lapses in memory occur like certain medications, lack of sleep and excessive alcohol. Change in brain function is to be expected as you age.

How the Brain Changes

Our brains are always working—and always changing as we age. Here's how:

What is Brain Health to you?
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At Your Next Check-Up

Developing a personalized plan to prevent or manage diseases, including detecting cognitive impairment, is a key part of having a healthy lifestyle. Reviewing your medical history and developing a personalized plan to prevent or manage diseases is a key part of having a healthy lifestyle.

Warning Signs
to Watch For

Some changes in memory are expected. They are temporary and not unusual, but others can actually be warning signs.

Here's what to look for Open external link icon to open article called About Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

What to Ask
Your Doctor

At your next check-up, don't hesitate to ask your doctor any brain-related questions you may have.

Here are some suggestions Open external link icon to open article called Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People

Medicare
Wellness Visit

Reviewing your medical history and developing a personalized plan to prevent diseases is a key part of having a healthy lifestyle.

Find out if you're eligible Open external link icon to open article called Your Medicare Coverage
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It's a good idea to talk to a health care provider if you have concerns about you or your loved one’s brain health.