How Seniors can Keep an Alert and Sharp Mind
Keeping your physical body healthy is as important as keeping your mind healthy. Aging affects cognitive function of the brain and that is proven by studies. And what’s certain is a person’s brain deteriorates faster, if you don’t take care of it. Having a healthy mind helps you in accomplishing your daily activities, and also with reducing the risk of memory, thinking and behavior problems such as Alzheimer’s disease. While aging can’t be prevented, there are lots of ways to prevent decline and improve cognitive health.
Here are the 5 real ways to keep your mind alert and sharp:
Just Keep Learning
Always have the desire to continually learn. It must be incorporated into your life to help your brain and mind be well nourished. There are many senior centers and colleges that offer affordable lectures and classes for older adults. If you don’t have time to enroll in a formal class, consider taking up a new hobby or volunteering for a project that requires new skills which also enhances memory. Whether you want to level up your computer skills or learn a new language, an ongoing education is a best way to keep you sharp! Learning, exercises the brain and keeps it strong, making you alert and sharp. Make sure to have your pens and notebooks ready for that endless learning throughout your life.
Make writing a daily workout for your brain. Have a journal where you can write the daily happenings in your life. You can also join book clubs or writing groups in your community where you can share your works, and who knows, there can be a great writer in you. Joining in social engagements such as book clubs or writing groups can have a great impact for your brain’s health. Also, you can write a letter or even an email to your family and friends. Send them greeting cards with your personal message for them and show them how much you love them.
Read a Book
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”— Richard Steele
A good exercise that you can give to your mind is by reading. It builds connections in the brain, making it more functional. Daily reading will help your brain in shape as you age. Research found that reading books at any age, especially during old age preserve memory. Also, studies suggest, by reading, old people experienced a slower memory decline as compare to those who didn’t read.
Food provides the nutrients and energy you needed. As the saying goes, “You are, what you eat”. So, you must be mindful of what you eat not just for your body, but for your mind as well. Having the right nutrients can give a positive impact on brain and cognitive health. Eat brain foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts, and whole grains, which can fuel the brain that has direct linked with lowering your risk for cognitive decline.
You might think that exercise is for your body only, but studies have shown that regular physical exercise has a very great impact to the brain, which includes boosting your memory, building and preserving your thinking ability and skills. By regular exercise, you are doing your body and your mind a favor.
Maintain your brain’s health by engagement. Combine mental, physical and social activity to keep your brain busy, making your mind sharp as you age and lowering your risk for disease