10 Ways to Keep the Mind Sharp as We Age

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Aging takes a toll on the brain. The brain literally shrinks as we age, losing up to 10% of its size. Research on aging shows that seniors experience declines in many key areas of cognitive function. Learn more about 10 ways to keep your mind sharp. How to Keep Your Mind Sharp Here are 10 activities you can incorporate into your life to help keep the mind sharp and brain nourished:
1. Exercise – It has long been understood that the mind and body are interconnected. What benefits the body will benefit the brain. Regular exercise goes a long way to keeping the brain healthy.
2. Read a Book – Reading is beneficial on many levels. When you read, not only do you absorb the information contained in the book, but the act of reading itself builds connections within the brain that make it more versatile.
3. Eat Right – Many foods, including nuts, fish and red wine, have been linked to a healthy brain. But concentrating on an all-around healthy diet may be the best nutritional strategy for keeping the brain sharp.
4. Maintain Good Posture – Maintaining an upright, un-slouched posture improves circulation and blood-flow to the brain.
5. Sleep Well – A good night’s sleep is vitally important to a healthy mind, especially memory. Get enough sleep and, if necessary, take naps.
6. Paint, Draw or Doodle – Whether it’s a masterpiece or a mere doodle, simply making a picture is an excellent workout for the brain.
7. Listen to Music – Music affects the brain profoundly, and has been linked to improved cognition and memory functioning.
8. Learn Something New – Many colleges and senior centers offer engaging, low-cost lectures and classes for older adults. Whether you’re learning a new language or beefing up your computer skills, ongoing education is a surefire way to keep sharp.
9. Do Puzzles – When you challenge and stimulate yourself intellectually, you exercise your brain and increase your mental capacity. Crosswords are a popular choice, but puzzles of all kinds may be similarly helpful.
10. Write Writing improves working memory and your ability to communicate. It matters not whether it’s an email to family, a private journal or the “Great American Novel.”

It’s important to know that although there are no clinically proven ways to reverse the course of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, leading a healthy lifestyle that’s both socially and intellectually stimulating combats normal, age-related mental decline. This may decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia.

Do you have advice about how to sustain an aging brain? Share your suggestions with us in the comments below.

10 Ways to Keep the Mind Sharp as We Age posted by Jeff Anderson Posted On 18 Sep 2015
About the Author Jeff Anderson attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks on an academic scholarship and also studied creative writing at University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus (UK). Jeff found his professional calling in 2009 when he began working with seniors and their families at A Place for Mom. His passion for helping seniors and his fondness for the written word are evident in his articles about issues affecting older adults and their families. Jeff also writes and records music under the moniker Mysterious Inventors. Additionally he’s an avid chess player and a proud parent.| Jeff Anderson’s Google+ Profile

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