How do you keep your mind sharp?
Are you losing your keys more often than ever? And are you lost at the supermarket without your shopping list? Many people think that a receding memory is an inevitable part of ageing. In fact, this is sadly true. With the increase in age, all kinds of physical and cognitive functions are reduced.
Our eyes are deteriorating, we don’t hear as well and thinking takes more effort. That does not mean, however, that we have to wait passively until we can’t do anything. Our brain, just like the rest of our body, can be exercised and kept healthy through a few simple life rules. Following them will give you a much longer enjoyment of your thinking ability and memory.
This is the most important step in the fight against memory loss: train your brain! Set your brain cells to work by puzzling, reading and writing. The brains of elderly people who regularly test their brains are much less likely to decline than those of peers who are mentally less active. Research shows that older people who regularly carry out brain-stimulating activities have a smaller chance of memory loss.
The sooner you start with this brain gymnastics, the better. So download the Sudoku app today, do a cryptic crossword or two, and get a stack of books from the library. Taking up an online course is also highly recommended; people who keep learning throughout their life are more likely to have a higher cognitive ability than those who don’t.