Even the best and healthiest of us have mental changes as we age, but you can sharpen your memory as you get older if you keep your mind active with some of the tips we offer below.
And when you stay fit and active mentally and physically, you can enjoy vibrant living in many excellent independent living facilities.
1. Mind Games
Your body needs exercise to keep healthy, and your brain isn’t any different. When you regularly stimulate your brain, you can stay sharp and avoid mental decline as you get older. Harvard Health Publishing reports that playing brain games can improve your thinking skills, planning skills, processing speed, reaction time, and decision making.
Try any daily activity that keeps your brain engaged and attempting to solve problems. Some of the ways that seniors can keep their brains in gear with activities include:
- Reading and writing;
- Playing a musical instrument;
- Learning a new language;
- Playing games and puzzles.
2. Make A Difference
A great way to stay mentally fit is to perform volunteer work. You can do all sorts of things to help folks in your area. Try your local church to see what they need help with, or search online for volunteer ideas.
For example, the United Nations has many chances to help people across the world. Helping people in need can be one of the most significant parts of your life.
3. Physical Activity
Physical activity and exercise benefit the body and mind by increasing your confidence and lowering falls.
Staying active and getting proper exercise is vital for your mental health and general health, just like any other life stage.
Experts say that low-impact workouts such as strength training and stretching can help older Americans keep healthy and lower the risk of joint pain, bone fractures, and various chronic illnesses.
Exercise also can lower anxiety, stress, and depression in older people. Exercise to maintain a positive mental frame of mind is essential.
4. Maintain Friendships
Maintaining contact with friends and family can reduce loneliness and feelings of isolation that may accompany age.
Make an effort to connect with your friends on Facebook and Instagram. Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime also are good ways to have free video chats with almost anyone anywhere.
If you’re unfamiliar with these tech tools, many people can walk you through how to use each application. Also, continue to write letters or establish a schedule to make regular phone calls to your friends.
5. Socialize At Senior Center
Most cities and towns have senior centers that offer low-cost or free activities, such as hobbies, crafts, computer classes, and more. Many will provide transportation if needed.
6. Learn A New Hobby
Staying active after you stop working is critical. All of us have various hobbies we wish we could do more of, but work and family obligations may slow us down.
Retirement is an excellent time to take up that hobby you always wanted, such as sewing, biking, or painting.
7. Take Care Of A Pet
If you can manage it, getting a pet can help keep you active and offer you love and companionship. The CDC reports that a human and dog bond can boost fitness, bring happiness, and lower stress.
Other good things about having a pet are:
- Reduced blood pressure;
- Less loneliness;
- More chances for socialization.
If you don’t want to own a pet, you also can volunteer at your local animal shelter. You can still connect with animals and organizations that need help.
Remember, it’s vital to stay active in many ways to keep mentally sharp as we get older.
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