The phrase “use it or lose it” most certainly applies to brain sharpness and memory recognition, particularly for seniors. The brain, like most everything else in our bodies, slows with age. However, there are many ways to keep ourselves sharp. Many studies have shown that seniors who regularly exercise their brains were more than two times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as well as Dementia.
Brain teasers like crossword puzzles, word searches and Sudoku are excellent examples. There are even resources such as the increasingly popular Lumosity, the online and mobile app that allows people to play games that challenge your brain. Playing these games even just 20 minutes a day can show improvement in brain cognizance.
While these puzzles can be fun, they can also sometimes seem like a chore. However, brain teasers don’t have to be the only option. Accessing your inner Da Vinci and painting, writing or drawing can have the same effect on the brain by keeping it active. And don't forget laughter! Laughter can improve memory as well.
Exercise is always a reliable option for the improving body function, including that of the brain. Mild physical activity like walking can ignite the production of new, healthy brain cells.
So, the next time your brain is feeling sluggish, bust out that 500 piece puzzle or take a walk!