Healthy Aging and Cognitive Function

Exploring the role of walnuts in brain health, physical function, and healthy aging.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.1 In addition, the Administration on Aging reports that 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older reported difficulty in performing one or more activities of daily living, such as eating, taking a shower, and getting dressed.2

Cognitive and physical function are key factors to healthy aging due to their influence on quality of life and ability to maintain independence. Although there is currently no way to prevent diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, consuming an overall healthy diet that includes specific foods, like walnuts, being physically active, and engaging in social activities may play a role in helping to maintain and improve physical and cognitive health. See below for the latest walnut health research and delicious recipes.