Just like how exercise is vital for your physical health, keeping your brain sharp with mental workouts can improve your memory and sharpen your cognitive abilities. The brain is the most important muscle in the body, and it must be exercised, especially as you age. Here are some ways to stimulate the mind to promote mental acuity in aged adults and encourage an overall healthier lifestyle.
Due to the interconnectedness of your mind and body, things that benefit the body are also beneficial to the brain. Even if you are just taking a stroll, regular exercise does wonder for your mind and memory. It is also a stress-relieving activity that aids in mental health. To increase blood flow to your brain, try incorporating physical exercises like tennis, dog walking, water aerobics, yoga, tai chi, or hiking into your daily or weekly routine.
Have a Balanced Diet
Did you know that nuts, fish, and yes, red wine, have been linked to a healthy brain? Here are some brain-boosting foods to include in your diet:
Fatty fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids which are important building blocks of the brain.
Contain antioxidants that have been proven to increase communication between brain cells, reduce inflammation, and slow down short-term memory loss.
Full of nutrients like B6, B12, choline, and folate. Choline assists in the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate memory and mood.
- Green Tea
Improves focus and alertness as it is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, and has been associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Sleep deprivation can result in problems with concentration, memory, and several other cognitive functions. Adults who are aged 65 and older should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night. As for those between the ages of 26 and 64, seven to nine hours nightly is ideal. If you have difficulties falling or staying asleep, try sticking to a consistent bedtime routine, and avoid eating heavy meals late at night. Limit your consumption of alcohol or stimulants like coffee, soda, and chocolate at least four to six hours before sleeping.
Engage in Brain Games
Channeling your inner artist can be a good brain workout. You can paint, draw, color in a coloring book, knit, or make crafts. Playing games is another fun way to stimulate and sharpen your mind. Brain games like chess, scrabble, and sudoku are engaging and can be played by yourself or with others. You should also make reading and writing a daily habit, as it also keeps your mind intellectually stimulated. Why not join a book club or subscribe to your favorite magazine? Many senior living communities have activities and programs like art classes and game nights for residents to participate in. They also provide opportunities to make new friends and engage in social interaction, which is also beneficial for the brain.
Keep Your Brain Sharp at Conservatory At Keller Town Center
Here at Conservatory At Keller Town Center, we provide excellent amenities and programs for residents that promote physical and mental health and wellness, enabling them to keep their minds stimulated, and make long-lasting friendships in the process. Contact us to find out more.