There are lots of benefits to aging and finding your “golden years,” but most of us would like to avoid some of the less pleasant side effects. Forgetfulness, lack of focus, and difficulty finding words are normal changes as a result of aging. These changes can be unsettling. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep your brain sharp! Here are 6 top tips to keep your brain young.
Learn Something New!
As you age, the part of your brain responsible for learning literally shrinks. You can combat this by learning something new! Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to quilt, knit, crochet, or dance the cha-cha. You could also try new puzzles, sudoku, or do the crossword. Even finding a new walking path or traveling to a new place can reinvigorate the “learning” part of your brain.
Move Your Body!
The parts of your brain responsible for balance and physical coordination can decline as you get older. Luckily, it’s never too late to challenge your brain with movement. Brisk walking is a great exercise for beginners. Other good exercises might include water aerobics, yoga, bicycling, Pilates, or classes that involve strength training. Stellar Senior Living communities all include these classes that keep your brain young.
Do Something for Someone Else
Volunteering and charity work are popular for a reason. When we spend time engaging in meaningful activities, they fill up our souls and keep our brains happy. What kinds of causes are important to you? Who needs your help today? It doesn’t have to be a big time commitment or expensive donation. It could be as simple as providing a listening ear for a friend or writing someone an encouraging note.
Humans have been social creatures from the beginning of time. We need each other! Lots of research shows that we enjoy activities more simply when we do them with other people. There is also research to suggest that people who spend more time with other people actually live longer and report better overall quality of life. Stellar Senior Living communities are a great way to keep up your social life.
Do Something You Love
Whether you enjoy playing the guitar, swing dancing, reading, playing sports, painting, or something else, find ways to incorporate what you love into your life. “Playing” isn’t just for kids! Do something you love every day.
When you laugh, your brain releases neurotransmitters that feel great and engage your mind. Humor is a great way to keep your brain young. You might enjoy funny books, TV shows, or just hanging out with somebody who always makes you laugh.
Don’t let aging get you down! With these simple changes, your brain can stay youthful at any age. Feel free to contact any of Stellar Living’s Family Advisors to find a senior living community near you.