Keeping Your Brain Fit as You Get Older

active seniorsThis article is contributed by Ken Myers.

The passage of time can do a lot of things to your body. Joints start to hurt all the time, you may not have the stamina you once did and your mind can begin to feel unfocussed. Fortunately, there are many ways you can fix all of these problems including maintaining a greater focus. If you’re diligent about keeping your brain fit, it can be as sharp as it was when you were in your twenties.

Memory Control Acetylcholine is the chemical in your brain that helps build it as well as controls memory functionality. By regularly practicing new skills, you increase the level of this chemical which can at the same time help you maintain more of your previous knowledge. It’s not all that difficult to do for it is created each time you try to learn something new. For instance, try to memorize a new song. Some will try other tasks such as using the other hand for various tasks. For instance, use your left hand to handle the tooth brush if you’re right handed.

Problem Solving – You’re never too old to enjoy a good video game puzzle. Games such as Myst or any number of picture finding applications can do a great amount of good for the brain. The reason why I suggest video games is because of the overall capabilities for a good problem solving title. While matching pictures on cards that are flipped upside can be good, video games allow you to pit your brain power against that of the creators in order to achieve your goals. There is simply more you can do in the digital world.

Languages – Learning new languages can allow multiple sections of the brain to become active. While a large part of this procedure requires memorization, your brain also exercises the ability to translate what is spoken in order to access the knowledge of what that particular word means. Some have found that learning a new language has increased their abilities to speak their native tongue as well.

Keeping in Practice – For skills you don’t want to lose over time, you need to continuously use them. If you know how to whittle a flute and don’t want to forget how, whittle a bunch of them to sell on eBay. The point is you need to keep practicing skills if you want to maintain a level of proficiency.

Sleep – Getting a full night’s rest is ultimately important to keeping your brain as fit as possible. Sleep deprivation can cause a wide variety of problems ranging from hallucinations to extreme irritability. It can prevent you from thinking rationally and block various parts of your memory making it difficult for you to complete even the most mundane of tasks.

Physical Activity – Lastly, any physical activity can be greatly beneficial for the brain. The more blood you get flowing, the more oxygen your brain has to utilize for various tasks. This can be done by walking, jogging, running, cleaning the house, swimming or any number of activities that can get your heart pumping. The healthier you can maintain your physical form, the healthier your brain can become.

These are just a few of the ways you can keep your brain active as the years progress. Maintaining a good level of brain power may take more and more effort from you as time marches on. As long as you’re diligent in keeping your brain and body fit, you can stave off losing the car keys in the fridge and forgetting where you put the milk.

Author Bio: Ken Myers is a father of three and passionate about great childcare. He’s always looking for ways to help families find the support they need to live fuller, richer lives. Find out more about expert childcare by checking out @go_nannies on Twitter.

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