Alzheimer’s is one of the top fears when aging. Witnessing our grandparents and parents experience it only leads to our own personal fear of forgetting the world we’ve built up. One way to drastically change your chances of Alzheimer’s is by keeping your mind active. Similar to keeping your body fit, working and challenging your brain keeps all pieces of it working as they should; a well oiled machine. There are plenty of ways to ensure that your mind is being challenged, but here are a couple that you can do in the comfort of your home or assisted living location.
This includes crosswords, Sudoku, word searches, brain teasers and plain old puzzles. These types of activities have proven to be a great way to keep your mind sharp. While puzzles do not utilize your whole brain, working out one part of the brain naturally keeps the rest of the brain working smoothly.
Communication is easily the best method for keeping your mind active. When communicating with people your brain is required to receive and respond and is working at doing both, keeping it extremely active as it processes, analyzes and then responds. Keeping in contact with friends, family and people you come across during the day is very beneficial for mental sharpness.
By really working one part of your brain, you are working the entirety of it. Taking at least an hour a day, whether it be in one chunk or in several, to work your brain will be extremely beneficial to your mental health as you age.