For Ilchi Lee, improving brain health is a matter of initiative. There may be many things that a person can do to support healthy mental function well into their old age. All it takes is the will to pursue these activities and a desire to improve one's self.
For example, a recent study from researchers at Oslo University in Sweden showed that individuals who play instruments tend to have more highly developed brains than non-musicians. These people tended to be more alert, interested in learning, circumspect, calm and playful.
Brain scans of musicians showed that they have greater activity and coordination in the frontal lobe area of the brain, which is responsible for planning and logical thinking. Musicians' minds were also shown to use their resources more economically.
The researchers said that their findings show that a person can mold their brain with a little bit of effort.
"If you are a very envious, angry, mean person and that's the way you think about people that's what's going to be strengthened in your brain. But if you are very expanded and open and supportive of others, there will be different connections," says Fred Travis, who led the study.