With aging comes a natural decline in one’s memory and cognitive abilities. Forgetting something as a young adult is insignificant, but once you get older, you may start worrying about developing Alzheimer’s or other memory-related conditions. Thankfully, science has spoken, and these age-related changes can be mediated. Keeping your mind sharp and maintaining it is a surprisingly simple accomplishment if you are ready to drop certain bad habits you have picked up over the years. Here are some activities worth trying!
Pursue New Interests
Numerous studies have shown that acquiring new skills and information is one of the most effective ways to keep your mind sharp. The process of discovering something new trains you to utilize your problem-solving and logical reasoning skills, and sharpens your concentration. You can start by trying new activities that pique your interest. Be it educational classes in intellectually stimulating subjects or creative outlets like carpentry or crocheting, there are plenty of activities and programs for aged adults worth exploring. You are bound to find something you enjoy.
There are so many brain foods out there. Just like how your muscles require protein for strength, your brain benefits from a nutritious and balanced diet as well. Berries, nuts, and fatty fish contain an extensive range of brain-boosting vitamins and healthy fats that keep your mind functioning in tip-top condition. Brain foods don’t have to taste bland or boring. Avocadoes, for example, are rich in monosaturated fats that lower blood pressure and support the nerves that transmit information to the brain. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, or antioxidants that help enhance memory and slow the progression of age-related cognitive decline. It’s time to begin incorporating these amazing foods into your diet.
Being active has both physical and mental benefits. Research shows that there is a strong correlation between physical activity and a healthy, sharp mind. Besides, you don’t have to grapple with the idea of hitting a gym for a sweaty workout. Even walking for half an hour daily reaps these benefits. If other more engaging activities appeal to you, like yoga, water aerobics, or line dancing, go for it! As long as you keep your body moving, you are on the right track.
Meet New People
Although catching up with old friends and enjoying their company is one of life’s greatest joys, it is still worthwhile to meet new people. It turns out that socialization is key to maintaining a sharp mind and good memory. It is an activity that trains your short-term memory skills as you are inclined to learn and remember new names, faces, interests, and many more. Plus, it is one of the best ways to combat loneliness and social isolation, which can detrimentally impact the lives and wellbeing of aged adults.
Stay In the Pink of Health at TerraBella Lake Norman
Here at TerraBella Lake Norman, our exceptional amenities and programs are designed with the health and wellness of our residents in mind. We focus on the cultivation and development of good physical, mental, emotional, and social health. If you are interested to find out more about our memory care program, contact our team and we will be more than happy to schedule a tour and answer any questions you may have.