We all know the saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and this is particularly true for the elderly.
Mental stimulation is crucial to cognitive function and maintaining memory.
These seven examples are things that you or your loved ones can do to maintain cognitive skills and improve memory:
1. Read, read, read.
Regular reading has been shown to reduce the decline in memory by up to 32%. Whether you read books, newspapers, magazines, or read books to your grandchildren, reading in your later years will improve your memory and keep your mind sharp.
2. Opt for healthier foods.
Many foods are connected to brain health. Increasing the number of healthy foods you eat can delay memory loss and provide healthy building blocks for your brain.
3. Get that heart rate up.
Exercise is not just for your body but also for your mind. Increasing blood flow to the brain and other organs can help delay the onset of memory loss and physical decline.
4. Don’t cut back on your Zzz’s.
Adults over the age of 65 should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Getting the proper amount of sleep can help with memory, concentration, and other cognitive abilities.
5. Get creative.
Regular creative workouts provide an intellectual activity for the brain. These activities can strengthen and stimulate your mind.
6. Learn a new skill.
Learning a new craft or skill can help sharpen your mind and prevent boredom.
7. Write a letter by hand.
Writing helps strengthen your mind and helps to keep your communication skills sharp. Whether you write poetry, letters to loved ones, or short stories, you are exercising your brain and providing necessary stimulation.
While there are no clinically approved ways to prevent or reverse brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, exercising your brain regularly and staying sharp may help offset the typical age-related mental decline.
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