Keeping the brain sharp in the golden years

Jasmine Phu

September 8, 2010

More and more research has revealed the importance of keeping a brain active and healthy in old age. Not only does mental health protect against diseases, it can also improve life quality, according to

“New learning can lead to neurophysiological growth, similar to the way aerobics leads to stronger cardiovascular health,” Dr Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist, told the news provider. He suggests a variety of different exercises that can help with mental acuity.

Games that involve numbers can be one effective way to keeping a brain busy. Seniors should try Sudoku, a popular game that involves numbers and grids. Crossword puzzles are also healthy activities.

Traveling to new locations can be an alternative method to stimulate the brain. The news source recommends using Exploritas, a non-profit, educational organization that offers trips and programs that span more than 90 countries.

Reading is also a way to keep a mind engaged. Starting a book club with other seniors can be a great way to meet people and lean new things.

Getting older also means that your body may not be able to balance as well. Falling at home can lead to serious injuries, so older adults may want to consider having a senior alert system in place so that they can immediately notify a doctor in the case of an emergency.

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