Keeping The Brain Sharp

We’ve all had times when we can’t seem to recall someone’s name or have trouble remembering a place or an event. These “senior moments” come more often we age.  These minor slips aren’t necessarily the onset of Alzheimer’s disease but there are some things you can do to help keep your brain sharp as a tack. 

Use Your Brain Every Day

You don’t need to do calculus to keep your brain sharp. You do, however, need to keep using the brain as much as possible. Try to do something each day that helps to stretch its thinking power. Consider doing a daily crossword or Sudoku puzzle. These types of puzzles force you to use your brain in ways that you don’t usually do. Reading is also helpful for keeping your mind fresh. Take a few minutes each day to read. Stay up on the latest news. This helps you stay connected to the ways that the world is advancing and you’ll move with it instead of being left behind.

Exercise the Brain and Body

Research shows that exercise isn’t only good for the body – it’s also good for the mind.  Even limited exercise helps to get the blood flowing properly through the body including the brain. A small amount of exercise every day will help keep the mind functioning at its peak. If you’ve been sitting in one place for a while you’ll tend to get bored and the mind will shut down. Try to get up and move at least once each hour of the day. Better yet, get some fresh air. A change of scenery and temperature will give your brain a quick boost.

Try Something New

People who get stuck in the same routine may find that their brain becomes stagnant as well. Changing up your routine can help you get a fresh approach and can actually stimulate your mind. Consider learning something new – start studying that new language you always wanted to learn. New ideas and information work to get your brain thinking in ways that it isn’t used to. Break free of your old routine and change it up once in a while.

Change Your Diet

Scientists and doctors are now learning more about super foods that are known to improve brain function. Fruits and vegetables with deep red, green, and purple coloring are typically the best options. Make a fruit smoothie filled with fruits that have anti-oxidant properties. Add more fish to your diet. Consider adding these super foods that encourage brain health to your daily diet:

  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Pumpkin
  • Salmon
  • Oranges
  • Oats
  • Green Tea
  • Turkey
  • Tomatoes

Think Young

It’s no surprise that those who think young also tend to feel younger as well. You’ve heard the old saying “you’re only as old as you feel” and there is some truth to it. There is a very strong mind and body connection that scientists are just beginning to understand. Try new things when you have a chance. Watch a new television show, eat at a new restaurant, take in a new movie, or read a new book. Staying connected to popular culture is one proven way to help you stay young at heart.

Participate in Activities

Keeping residents active is one way senior living communities promote health and wellness. By staying physically active, the brain will benefit as well. Many senior living communities have a packed activities schedule with gatherings, trips, classes and games. Socializing between residents during these events encourages a welcoming environment and provides a great place to live.

Find senior living communities in your area that have an activities calendar filled with events that you or your loved one enjoy. Call (877) 345-1706 to speak to your local Care Advisor that can talk to you about the environment within local communities to help you see if the community is someplace that you could call home.