Did you know? 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. It is a growing problem that is expected to double over the next thirty years.
While there is no specific cause and no specific cure for dementia of any kind, there are some measures you can take to keep your mind sharp as you age.
Brain stimulation is great for everyone, but seniors stand to benefit the most from practicing it daily. Many seniors find that, as they lose mobility, they tend to become less active and social, which can have a negative effect on brain health.
The following are some great ways to keep your mind active and healthy, regardless of your physical limitations.
Put down that device!
Technology is great and certainly has its place. However, studies show that spending time away from the screen is great for your brain. Going to the library and researching a topic through books rather than an Internet search engine can help enhance your spatial awareness, orientation, and keep your brain functioning smoothly.
For those that have adapted to using smart devices for nearly everything in life, this habit can be a tough one to break because it can be second-nature to reach for a device when you want to read, learn, connect with loved ones, entertain yourself, or even just find the operating hours of a local business.
Try setting time blocks during the day where you will put your phone, tablets, and other devices out of sight, out of mind. This will make it easier to spend time away from them.
Switch it up.
Try a day where you attempt your activities of daily living (ADLs) with your non-dominant hand. Doing this will stimulate your brain and help you keep your critical thinking skills sharp. Try eating, brushing your teeth, and writing… all with your non-dominant hand. It can be more challenging than it sounds!
Have a private dance party.
Your brain needs a daily workout just like your body needs daily exercise. Dancing is a great way to exercise both at the same time. Dancing not only gets your heart pumping and blood circulating, but it also gives you an energy boost and promotes cerebral blood vessel growth.
There’s never a wrong time to break into a private dance party, but many love it in the afternoon to get them through that post-lunch slump.
Laughter is the best medicine.
Laughing has a whole slew of proven health benefits, one of which is its amazing effect on the brain. Laughter reduces stress and anxiety, enhances memory and mental clarity, and just makes you feel great. Try watching your favorite funny movie or show, listening to your favorite comedian, or even try a session of laughter meditation to keep your mind clear and sharp.
Don’t take it too seriously.
Make training your brain fun and keep it lighthearted with the following activities:
- Board games with friends
- Trivia nights
- Video games
Learn something new.
At any stage of life, it’s a good idea to always continue training your brain. Commit yourself to lifelong learning.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? Take a class! Even if you can’t get out to a local, in-person class, there are a variety of options for online learning at places such as Udemy.
A few options include:
- Computer skills
And this is just scratching the surface of the possibilities. AARP has a great list of resources if you’d like to dive into some online education options.
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