Simple Exercises To Help Keep Your Mind Active

  • October 27, 2020 BY  Anthem Seniors
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Everyone experience the occasional “senior moment”. So many people seek help about their increasing forgetfulness. Moderate memory loss is a typical sign of aging, but in no way does that mean there is nothing you and your loved one can do to improve your memory and boost your cognitive skills. Just as physical workouts help in building body muscles, brain exercises can help to boost your memory and otherwise keep your mind sharp. Performing these exercises can help boost your memory, concentration, and focus, which can make daily tasks easier.

Memory lapses can occur regardless of one’s age. It must be noted that aging alone is generally not a cause of cognitive impairment, since significant memory loss occurring among older adults is usually not due to aging but due to brain injury, organic disorders, or neurological illness.

Here’s a list of some simple exercises you can utilize to help keep your brain sharp, prevent memory loss, and increase mental activity:

Stay physically active– Exercising your body by performing some non-strenuous, low-impact workouts, such as swimming, dancing, or simply walking can keep your mind and body active. This can be attributed to the boost in the amount of oxygen in the brain that enhances your brain’s cognitive functioning, which physical activity ensures.

Cooking– There’s nothing better and more fun than cooking with friends and family. The most important benefit of cooking is that it is known to introduce us to new smells, tastes, and touches. Our senses are closely associated with the mind’s ability to learn and remember, which means the more senses you use in learning something, the more of your brain that will be involved in retaining the memory (according to Harvard), and cooking presents a perfect opportunity to boost your cognitive functioning.

Consider playing memory recall games– Even the sharpest of people can forget the reason of their going to the kitchen or have trouble recalling a familiar name during a conversation. Playing memory recall games are the best way forward if you wish to improve your brain’s recall ability. For example, suppose a visit to the grocery store is scheduled, of course you’ll prepare a list of products you’ll need to purchase from the store. Even as you’ve prepared the list, keep it in your pocket and shop to see just how much of the list you can remember on your own. Before leaving the store, you can check the list once if you need to.

Keep Learning– Pursuing a hobby, learning a new skill like learning a language, learning how to paint or how to play an instrument, and volunteering or mentoring are some of the most effective ways to keep your mind sharp. Not to mention, learning a new hobby is a great way to socialize, feel motivated, and boost your brainpower at any age. Learning something new can help keep memory strong by getting a person into the habit of being mentally active. Senior living in Anthem facilities, such as the award-winning Anthem Seniors, help adults with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia live their best life despite the disease. If you are beginning the search for memory care, contact Anthem Seniors at 602.909.9550 to schedule a private tour of our facility.

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