Lifelong Learning Helps to Keep the Brain Active and Healthy

Memory JokeMany studies have indicated that activities which engage the mind may help slow the development of Alzheimers disease and its symptoms. As you age, it can be easy to fall into a routine that does not foster brain activity through engaging activities or trying new things. Below are some ways you can avoid the dullness of the day-to-day routine and instead find opportunities that foster creativity, growth, and learning, all of which are ways to keep your mind active and healthy.

  1. Pick up a new hobby. Trying something new can help you activate areas of your brain that aren’t used frequently. Consider taking up a pottery class or trying out a stand-up routine with your local comedy club. Learning new skills will put your brain to work and you will have fun in the process!
  2. Play a game. With smartphones and the internet, we now have 24/7 access to games. If there is a game you used to enjoy playing, but haven’t picked it up in a while, try searching for an online version. Some games allow you to play with others which can be more challenging and adds a social aspect.
  3. Take a class. The thought of getting back in the classroom may be daunting, but learning new material can help exercise your memory and keep your brain engaged. Many local libraries and community colleges offer introductory classes to computer programs or creative writing, among other subject areas. Sharpening your pencils may also help sharpen your mind!

For more information on ways you can help slow the onset of Alzheimers disease, visit http://www.alz.org.

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