How to Keep Your Mind Active and Possibly Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease


Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating for older individuals and their families, but recent studies have shown that there may be simple ways to prolong these disorders or even prevent them. Keeping the brain healthy and active will provide strong bonds between brain cells and possibly make new ones, which could mean staying vital well into your senior years.

Because these studies seem to show a correlation between education and the preservation of brain health, it’s important to make a commitment to lifetime learning. Read every day, train your mind with games and puzzles, and foster a healthy sense of curiosity.

Here are some of the best ways to do all of these things and keep your brain in shape.

Games

Word games, crossword puzzles, and math games are all great ways to keep your brain active and have fun at the same time. You can even download apps on your phone or tablet so you’ll have access to these games all the time, which is perfect for when you have to wait at the doctor’s office, in the checkout line at the grocery store, or when you have a few minutes to kill on your lunch break. Check out Words With Friends and Sudoku for brain-bending puzzles.

Higher education

The best way to keep your brain cells active and healthy is by continuing to learn as much as possible. If you never went to college--or if you’re just interested in learning something new--consider taking classes at a local community college. Many universities offer online classes, and depending on where you go they can be pretty affordable.

If classes aren’t what you have in mind, you can get some of the benefits of school by watching documentaries on history or by attending plays and the opera. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offer many different types of shows and movies, or you can look online for more options.

Group games

A great way to get social and have fun while giving your brain a workout is to attend a group game, such as Breakout, which allows you and several friends to work through puzzles and brain teasers in order to “break out” of a series of rooms. You’re timed until the very end, so you can see how long it took you to work out the solutions and boast to your family members about your Sherlock skills.

Music

Not only is playing music an enjoyable activity, but it keeps your brain working and delivers a host of cognitive benefits as time goes on, according to a 2011 study. And the beauty of music is that you can start learning to play at any age, or as a seasoned musician play well into your golden years.

Getting the Kids Involved

If you have kids or grand kids, playing card games like Memory or board games such as Guess Who? is a great way to engage your brain while spending quality time with your loved ones. You can also help them study for school by using flashcards, which will help both of you bone up on your skills at the same time.

Writing

Writing of any kind is wonderful for the mind and memory, so consider keeping a journal and writing in it every day. Write letters to a friend or family member, or get creative and start writing poetry or short stories. Anything that keeps your mind active will help you keep healthy for years to come.

If you’re concerned that a loved one could be in the early stages Alzheimer’s, click here for some early warning signs. To prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, make sure to keep your brain active by playing word games, continuous learning, playing music, and writing in a journal.

Photo via Pixabay by Workandapix.

An emphasis on nurturing the brain and its functions are essential to help ensure strong brain function as we enter into our senior years. We owe many thanks to our guest writer, George Mears, for his contribution today. George Mears is a brain fitness expert, educator, and counselor. One of his primary areas of study is neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change and improve over one’s lifetime. He believes in the power of games, puzzles, memory activities, and other brain boosting practices to encourage brain plasticity and minimize brain health deterioration. He shares his thoughts and favorite brain fitness exercises at BrainWellness.info.

Respectfully,

The Owners of Holistically Devoted Assisted Living

Holistically Devoted Assisted Living Facility (HDAL) is the premier assisted living provider in Prince George's County, Maryland. At HDAL, we deliver holistic health care to our residents - by meeting all their personal needs while allowing them the dignity of being freethinking and independent adults; and we provide devoted service - by being ever-present as servants in the lives of our residents as we assist them with performing their activities of daily living.

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