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Fun Ways Mature Adults can Exercise the Brain

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on June 6, 2012 at 8:02 AM

learn new things to stay healthyExposing yourself to new ideas and learning new skills stimulates the brain, which creates new cells and builds connections between cells. Many scientists Scientists now believe that mature adults who constantly challenge their brains to learn new things may be able to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Use the following tips to stay sharp:

  • Stimulate your brain. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center researchers say the greatest benefits are achieved by challenging the brain to learn something completely new. To stimulate your brain, audit a college class, learn a new language, practice a new dance step, learn to use the Internet, create a Facebook page, take up woodworking or learn to paint – the possibilities for learning are endless! 
  • Participate in life. Expand your social network, join a club, attend community events, go out to dinner with friends, learn to play bridge, take up a new hobby, volunteer, say “yes” when someone invites you to do something. Multiple research studies indicate that the emotional and mental stimulation of social interaction appears to decrease the risk of dementia. In a University of Michigan study, engaging in 10 minutes of conversation immediately prior to taking a short-term memory test significantly increased performance.
  • Take your vitamins. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found a link between Vitamin B12 deficiency and declining thinking, reasoning and memory skills. Medications and the natural changes in digestive function that occur with age can impair your body’s ability to absorb vitamins, leading to vitamin deficiencies. Talk to your doctor. Dietary changes or vitamin supplements may be able to correct the problem. 
  • Try Posit Science. Anyone can keep the mind fit with Posit Science. This brain training software helps you understand your mind and keep it sharp. To learn more about Posit Science, contact Kendal at Home today.

 And check back for even more ways to keep your mind sharp next time. 

 

Topics: Kendal at Home, Senior Independence, lifelong learning, Kendal at Oberlin

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