5 Incredible Ways
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Hi and welcome !! My name is James and the owner of Independent Life Medical. I must congratulate you for reading this blog post as it must mean you are looking for ways to sharpen your mind or even come up with solutions to help a loved one keep their mind active, so I must commend you. Keeping your mind active and sharp is one of the surest ways to live a great life, especially in your golden years and these are some proven ways to do this. So, I invite you to join me as we learn and together some great ways to keep your mind active and strong.
Have you ever been so engrossed in a book you could hardly put it down? You start reading and what seems like 5 min in fact been hours. The storyline, plots, character development, time, history, and every kind of emotion conveyed within the text is doing more than pleasuring your senses is in fact stimulating many different areas of your brain keep them active. It has been proven that reading can reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s by 30%
Reading has also been shown to reduce stress, fight depression, lower blood pressure, help aid in sleep readiness, increase vocabulary, empowers you to empathize with other people, and contribute to a longer life.
Proactive Action: The recommended time of reading is at least 30min per day. I would encourage you to set a timer, either in the morning or the evening where you can be alone and spend this amount of time reading a magazine, book, article, or newspaper. Set a time and stick to a routine. Do not make it a chore and something you must do but rather an activity you look forward to doing. So read something you like and enjoy.
2. Socializing and Community Involvement
We, humans, are social beings, we are meant to live in society and to socialize with other people. For more than a millennium, we have gathered around fires and tables telling stories, bonding, laughing, and connecting with our fellow man. In today’s age of technology, it is even more important to get out of the house and get together with friends or activity groups.
A study conducted thought Harvard’s Department of Society, Human Development and Health found that seniors who actively socialize had less than half the memory decline of those who were socially isolated (ALLAN SCHWARTZ).
Proactive Action: Belong to at least 3 groups where the members meet at least once per week. If the member been once every 2 weeks or once a month then join a few other groups but try and get out of the home at least 3 times. Active groups are a great way to meet people but also good because the activities done in these groups also keep the mind sharp.
3. Eating Healthily and Exercising Regularly
Your body and your mind are interconnected. The health benefits are endless, and the cognitive function is extraordinary in how health and wellness affect the mind. Studies have proven that eating healthily and exercising regularly can reduce the onslaught of Alzheimer’s, reduce anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure, and even aid in the recovery of trauma. It goes without saying if your body feels good so will your mind.
Eating healthily is just as important as keeping your mind sharp and strong. But like the wings of a bird, these two things should work together for the best outcome. Here is a great video by Ottawa Health to explain the importance of a healthy diet.
Exercise: As it is important to set time aside to read every day, it is important to set time aside to exercise and to eat healthily. If you are want to do exercises from home, YouTube has some great videos you can follow. Here is one example of a workout you can do from home
Another great way to exercise is to contact a senior residence home near you and ask if you can join their sessions. Many senior homes hold ex excise classes every day and welcome outsiders to join them.
Eating: It is important to know what type of diet is good for you and you should consult your physician or dietician. As a generic rule you should cut down on sugars and sodium intake. Raw vegetables and fruits should also be incorporated into every meal. Increase your water intake to 1.7 liters per day. (7.1 cups).
While spirituality may mean something completely different from one person to another person there are some common grounds that are important and will lead to a healthier and sharper mind. Science shows that one’s spirituality can have the ability to improve the cognition of one’s mind. A study conducted across 35 countries found that those who practice their faith well above the average mean that they were “very happy”, they also were more surpassingly active in voting in elections, more engaged in community life. They were less likely to regularly drink alcohol or smoke.
Proactive Activity: Set aside time for yourself every day to practice or devote yourself to your spirituality. It may be prayer, meditation, affirmations, or donating your time to a worthy cause. Do something that brings your happiness and aligns yourself to your inner calling.
5. Puzzles and Games
Don’t you love to do a puzzle? Puzzles and games such as Trivial Pursuit have been proven to improve cognitive ability, memory, and can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Today, with the help of technology and the smartphone, and computers, it has become easier to have access to these types of games. Many seniors do not know how to access these or navigate these types of devices so help them and download useful games that will test their mental muscles.
Proactive Activity: Have fun, play games, enjoy yourself as much as you can.