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Keeping your brain active in old age

Keeping your brain active in old age

Ageing is a process we all worry about. One aspect of ageing we particularly detest is the changes in our memory and thinking, especially memory lapses. Memory lapses are a normal occurrence as we all age. As our body weakens, we struggle to remember things and find it harder to learn new things.

Memory changes as we age can be very frustrating and have been the topic of numerous studies over the years. Research has found that one way to slow down the occurrence of memory lapses and maintain cognitive fitness as you age is to keep the brain active. The brain, although not a muscle, still needs to be exercised to keep it healthy and active as you age.

Here are five ways you can keep your brain active as you age:

Keep learning new things

Learning new things trains your brain and helps it stay active and healthy. You don’t have to enrol in a formal course — you can learn new things from your children, people you meet, magazines, books, the internet, and more. You can learn new languages, do puzzles, read classic literature, take up a musical instrument, or learn about the history of your country. There is no end to how much you can learn as you get older. Keeping your brain active is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy as you get older. As you age, your brain shrinks, which can cause cognitive decline. But research has shown that people who keep their brains active in old age tend to live longer, healthier lives with less disease.

Try new activities

As you age, your ability to do strenuous physical activity will wane. But there are many other activities you can try instead. For example, you might like to try gardening, painting, or yoga, or you could volunteer for a charity. Being more sociable is also a great way to stay active and stimulate your brain. If you live in a city, why not join a sport? Or you could take up photography or go on a creative writing course. You could even learn how to code at a local tech school. There is an endless list of things you could do, so try to be more adventurous and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Go for walks — and be outside as much as you can

Exercising your body is important, but you must also exercise your mind. You can do this by going for walks and getting outside as much as possible. You don't even need to walk — you could go for a hike or a stroll through a nearby park, or you could take up gardening. Being outside gives you a daily dose of vitamin D, which is important for healthy bones and muscles, and it can also help keep your brain active and stimulated. You could also try new activities that are outdoors, like rock climbing or swimming. Or you could learn a new skill like astronomy or birdwatching. Being outside is a great way to keep your mind active, and it doesn't have to cost anything.

Exercise your brain

Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body. You can do this by doing puzzles, reading classic literature, or going to a local museum. You could also try to solve brain teasers like crosswords or Sudoku. You could also learn a new skill such as programming, the guitar, or the piano. There are also more formal ways to exercise your brain. Cognitive therapies like mindfulness meditation and neurolinguistic programming can help you relax and reduce stress. There are also computer games that are designed to improve your memory and mental agility.

As you get older, it's important to keep your brain active. As your body ages, your brain shrinks, which can cause cognitive decline. Keeping your brain active is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy as you get older. You can do this by learning new things, trying new activities, going for walks, and being socially active. Exercising your brain and being more adventurous are also important.