a common problem many of us encounter as we age — we forget more things and it
seems to happen more frequently. It can be a frustrating experience and even a
frightening one as we worry that serious issues of dementia are just around the
researchers are only beginning to understand exactly why our brains seem to be
more prone to memory issues as we get older, they have, however, begun to make
real progress in finding ways to help fight memory problems as we age. And the
latest advice is that we all ought to begin proactively working to keep maximum
brain function at a much earlier age.
older folks try to keep mentally active through activities like crossword or
Sudoku puzzles, and that's a good thing.
But more recent research is finding that such activities simply may not
be providing the level of stimulation needed for real “brain fitness.”
fitness starts with mental activities that truly engage your mental powers.
They can take a variety of forms. Critical thinking, for example, requires you
to think about a topic that you understand and agree with, and then to look at
that same subject from the opposite point of view. Can you evaluate the
strengths and weaknesses of that subject from a totally different side than the
one you’re normally on?
want to stimulate your brain in ways that require it to really think about
finding new solutions. Locating new recipes and then working out ways to
improve them is such an activity. Learning and using new vocabulary words,
tackling a foreign language, or taking up a new hobby like art or music, are
all ways to maximize brain effort and increase brain stimulation.
fitness also requires recognizing that the brain is a part of your body and is
affected by your fitness. It requires exercising more, eating healthier and
staying fit overall. It means staying on
top of potential health risks, like your blood pressure and cholesterol
a daily crossword puzzle may be fun and provide some brain stimulation, but
really working for brain fitness means doing things to improve your reasoning,
problem-solving and memory abilities, activities that are a real mental
stretch. At the same time, staying fit and managing health risks are the keys
that can all add up to better mental health and long, positive brain function.