17 Dec 5 Ways to Keep Your Mind Active as You Age
Cognitive health can include many facets of motor, emotion, and sensory function. These are 5 key ways to keep your mind active as you age.
Continue to Do Meaningful Activities
Continuing to do meaningful activities as you age will make you happier and healthier and will engage your mind to keep it active. In fact, a study found that older adults who learn a new skill, such as quilting or digital photography, experience memory improvement. Teach a class, take a class, find a new hobby, work, or volunteer.
Reading, writing, and playing music can greatly improve cognitive function, especially if they’re done regularly. Doing crossword puzzles, playing board or card games, and engaging in group discussions are also fun, stimulating activities to do with your loved ones!
Strive to be a lifelong learner. As you learn and experience new things, be present in the moment and use all of your senses. The more senses you use, the better you’ll be able to retain those memories and fight memory loss.
Exercise & Diet
Regular exercise can improve your cognition and provide many health benefits, especially for those experiencing trouble with their memory. Harvard Medical School suggests a Mediterranean diet consisting of:
- Many fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and olive oil
- Moderate amounts of fish, poultry, and dairy products
- Limited red meat
This diet can protect against cognitive decline, decrease the risk of cardiovascular health issues and certain cancers, and potentially slow the progression of dementia.
Consistent sleep supports a variety of brain functions and is key to overall wellness and keeping your mind active. It’s a good idea to know how much sleep you actually need and to create a routine to ensure you get the proper amount.
Meaningful social interaction profoundly protects cognitive health and longevity. Research shows that people with strong social ties are less likely to experience cognitive decline than those who have limited social interaction. Having a strong network of people who can help to care for you can also give you peace of mind and lower stress levels.