Can boosting your brain lengthen your life?
Your brain is your most useful tool and it needs to be challenged just like your muscles do to stay strong. As we age, it's important to keep the mind sharp and active, which has proven to ward against Alzheimer's and dementia. Here are some fun ways to keep your noggin in shape.
Playing active video games like Nintendo Wii offers physical benefits and can increase attention span, sharpen reflexes and improve ability to quickly process information. Board games, puzzles and card games have similar mental benefits, stimulating brain cells and keeping neural pathways in shape. Find a game requiring plenty of concentration, reasoning and memorization such as Yahtzee, Scrabble, Pinochle and Sudoku.
What if your hobby could help delay the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia? Reading can. Many people find that reading the newspaper daily at a set time keeps them informed and educated and improves brain health.
It's never too late to learn something new. Learning as we age helps reduce cognitive decline associated with aging and promotes a healthy self-image. Audit a college class or learn a new recipe to keep your brain active.
A balanced diet can not only help your body but improve memory. Try to eat a variety of proteins, vegetables, grains and healthy fats. Fish such as salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel provide a brain-boosting dose of omega-3 fatty acids. Foods to avoid are high in calories and saturated fats.
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