Maintaining Intellectual Health as We Age
Today, we are more diverse than ever before. Each individual has unique qualities, yet we all share one thing—we age. But just because our bodies age doesn’t mean our minds have to! With each landmark age, natural change happens—kids move away, careers transition, and we lose touch with others. Making an effort to maintain intellectual health ensures the quality of life in our years stays high. And it’s proven that mental and physical health have an impact on each other. Consider the following ways to stay sharp:
- Continue Learning. You actually can teach an old dog new tricks! Take up a new hobby, learn a skill, join a book club, play bridge, or do the weekly crossword puzzle.
- Use Multiple Senses. Studies show that involving your senses helps activate more of your brain.
- Save Your Brain Power. Take advantage of calendars and planners, designate places for keys, and remove clutter to avoid distraction.
- Repeat, Repeat. Research proves that repetition helps with memory recall.
- Eat Superfoods. Certain foods can help with cognition: whole grains, eggs, Greek yogurt, citrus, coffee, avocado, fish, nuts, and blueberries.