Keeping Your Aging Mind Sharp

Posted on: 18 March 2015

One fear people have when moving into senior housing is how to keep their minds active. Often seniors are portrayed as sitting in an easy chair in front of the TV as their minds fade away. The reality is that there are many ways to keep your mind sharp, especially if you live in a senior community where you can easily engage with people. Here are just a few ways to prevent your mind from settling into a sedentary lifestyle.

Exercise the Body

By getting any kind of exercise into your daily schedule, you stimulate your brain. Just one brisk walk each day increases your circulation, bringing more oxygen to your brain and your whole body. If you live near a senior center, find out about exercise programs you can join. You could organize a group of people that like to walk. Or use the free weights for an upper body workout. Get your body moving and raise your heart rate to keep your mind in shape.

Exercise Your Brain

Work on different types of puzzles each week to exercise different parts of your mind. Each puzzle offers a way for your brain to figure out a problem which, to your brain, is exercise. Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, word-finder puzzles, and logic puzzles all give your brain a good workout. Vary the types of puzzles you do so you don't get bored. You may even find others in a senior center who would enjoy meeting as a group to work on similar puzzles.

Stay Connected With People

Find ways to be active with other people where you have the chance to talk. Socializing is an important part of your mind's health. It keeps you from becoming isolated, which impacts your social skills. Talking with and listening to others exercises those skills.

Don't Stop Learning

Learning is a natural function of the brain and something it craves. Learning and adapting is a part of the survival skills that each person has. Take an online class or enroll in a local community college. Community centers often offer classes where you can learn to paint, write a novel, or prepare an authentic Greek dish from others in the community.

Give Back to Your Community

Share your unique skills and experiences with others. Be one of the teachers in the community classes mentioned above. Help other seniors use social media. Teach knitting or quilt-making. Give yoga classes. Most people have skills that others can benefit from and becoming a teacher of those skills will challenge your mind.

These are just a few ways to keep your mind active and healthy. Get your mind involved in all types of activities throughout the week and you'll be giving your brain the ultimate workout. Talk to a center like Schlegel Villages for more information.

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