BY Lee Borellis
Keeping the mind sharp is a fundamental aspect of a higher quality of life in our later years. The brain is a muscle like any other. As such, it needs to be exercised on a consistent basis in order to stay in the best shape possible. You can rely on a number of memory boosting strategies through senior care or on your own, depending on the resources and ability to do some of the activities listed here.
1) Get Thinking
Any type of activity that requires you to think deeply about the problem or situation is one that is going to force your brain to work harder than it normally does. This could include working on basic math problems or playing games.
Whatever you do, make sure that you are doing enough activities that keep you thinking.
2) Solve Problems
Any activities that require thinking, you should also take part in activities that require you to solve some complex problems. You may enjoy doing a crossword puzzle or doing other types of puzzles, but whatever you do, if it is not causing you to have to solve problems, then it is not giving your brain the memory boosting activities that it could be getting.
3) Strategic Thinking
Games like chess provide a wealth of opportunities for strategic thinking. In chess, the best players plan out multiple moves ahead and this is why it generally takes a long time for some people to make a move.
If you don’t like chess, there are certainly plenty of other games that require your strategic thinking skills. Even if you are not adept at strategic thinking, you can develop the skills no matter how old you are.
4) Turn Off the TV
If you have a habit of watching TV for many hours every day, then this is not giving your brain much exercise at all.
Being entertained by crime dramas, suspense shows, or even the history Channel is not going to do anything to boost your memory skills. Avoid the trap of TV and turn it off. Limit yourself to one to two hours tops and spend the other hours you would normally be watching it reading or doing any of the above strategies.
The more mind strategies and mind exercise that you employ, the stronger your brain will be. It is a great time to consider various activities that will help your brain get the exercise it needs and deserves, whether you rely on senior care or not.
About the author; Lee Borellis is founder and CEO of Treasure Coast Home Health Care Lic.# NR 30211569. A Treasure Coast Florida licensed, bonded and insured home health care company with certified nursing assistants, licensed & state certified and CPR-certified staff. Lee, his wife or any of his staff would be happy to have you stop in or call to learn more about their home care services.
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