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Fountain of Youth for the Mind
Categories: Brain Disorders , Prevention, Taking Care of Yourself | Posted: 9/15/2016 | Views: 2066
Researchers have examined Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and age-related cognitive decline. What they found is that what is good for the body is also good for the mind and there are some other things we can do just for the mind!

Good for the Body and Mind

Researchers have found good brain health is correlated with good health habits in general:

  • Getting 8 hours of sleep per night – get help if you have trouble sleeping
  • Eating a varied diet low in fats and sugars
  • Don’t drink excessively or smoke at all
  • Exercise to increase blood flow

Specifically for the Mind

  • Complex Motor Activity: dancing, tennis, gardening, even cleaning and doing the dishes or pushing yourself on a wheelchair.
  • Any activity that uses large muscle groups and makes you think at the same time.
  • Complex Mental Activity: Learn something new
  • Play chess. Learn a new language
  • Puzzles
  • Listening to the radio
  • Reading books
  • Crossword puzzles or Sudoku
  • Travel to a New Place
  • Knitting
  • Writing by hand
  • And last, but not least, staying social is one of the number one ways to stay young. Researchers found that people with more social engagements were less depressed, live longer, have better overall health, and appear to have less cognitive decline than their more isolated peers.

How to stay engaged?

  • Volunteer – most communities have ways to volunteer time to a library, school, hospital or animal shelter.
  • Get in touch with old friends – it has never been easier to look up old friends – go through facebook and find some people you have lost touch with – set up a meeting for coffee, become a pen pal, or just give them a call to catch up. It may not re-ignite the friendship – but may be a fun way to practice getting social again.
  • Strike up conversations when out and about.  Often others are in need of company too!
  • Join an interest club or take up a community class in something that interests you
  • Join a fitness club or take exercise classes

The list is endless. The point is, you have to stay active, engaged, social, and healthy if you want your brain to remain healthy. The old adage is true: Use it or lose it! If you are feeling sluggish and like these suggestion are just too much - that may be a clue that it is exactly what you need to get yourself back in gear and feeling energized.  Any way you can find to use your body and mind, connect with others, or improve your fitness will make for a better future.  Keep moving!


 

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