One of the most important things to keep in mind as you get older is that an engaged mind is a healthy mind. Much like a knife, your mind needs to be sharpened, or it will lose its edge. And you need your edge! Problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s are linked to inactive minds, so staying engaged is a great way to keep these problems at bay. Today, we’re looking at some great ways to do just that.
Keeping Your Mind Sharp
Never get complacent, whether you’re retired or still working. It’s vital that you’re constantly giving yourself challenges. When you look at your day, is it spent just doing the same old things as every other day? If so, break that monotony up and give yourself a challenge. Try a logic puzzle or a word puzzle, or challenge yourself to write a short story. Anything works here, as long as it gives you a mental workout.
Speaking of workouts, don’t forget to work your muscles as well as your mind! Get outside for a walk if your health allows for it. If not, try to get in some light exercise in your home. Whatever works best for you, just make sure you’re active and getting your blood pumping. This helps you to stay sharp by keeping your blood flowing and your mind working to keep up with your exercise.
Join a Social Club
Consider joining a book club, or a hobby club. Do you like playing cards? Find some like-minded card players to join for regular meetings. Are you an avid painter or an aspiring writer? Find others with similar interests and get a social club together. Meeting with friends regularly, whether its once a week or every other day, is a great way to keep yourself sharp. Conversation about your favorite subjects with good friends is a surefire way to stay engaged mentally.