For seniors, a healthy mind and healthy body go hand in hand.
And while we all know that maintaining our physical health requires some discipline and effort, less well-known is that fact that maintaining our brain health requires the same.
So, to maximize your senior living, here are some easy-to-follow tips that will help keep you mentally sharp.
Yes, we know this is about maintaining mental sharpness, but loads of long-term research shows that exercise of any kind enhances brain health.
You see, every time you exercise – be it walking, bike-riding, weightlifting, swimming or some other favored activity – your brain makes new neural connections. This, in turn, enhances its overall function.
Exercise also helps prevent brain disease and deterioration. According to a Cambridge University study, even as little as one hour of exercise per week can reduce your Alzheimer’s disease risk by 50 percent.
We all know that foods rich in antioxidants, which combat free radicals in your blood, help reduce your cancer risk. Well, they also provide protection for your brain! If the following foods aren’t already in your diet, start trying to incorporate them:
In addition, many studies have suggested that foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help protect the brain. The foods richest in these include:
Your brain needs stimulation – every day!
That means doing tasks that make your brain “work.”
Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, card games, those kinds of things.
Even better – challenge yourself to learn new things.
Take a cooking class. Learn how to play the piano or study a foreign language.
Basically, anything that engages your brain in doing new tasks will stimulate it to create to neural connections.
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