For Babyboomers - How to Exercise Your Mind
As we age, we sometimes get concerned that our minds don't work as efficiently as they used to. But did you know there are some things you can do to exercise your mind and sharpen your thinking and memory skills? Take a look at this list of projects and activities that you can do to increase your mind power.
Work Crossword Puzzles
Although you may have thought in the past that working crosswords wasn't really for you, you might want to re-consider. After all, doing crosswords challenges your mind. You have to think to do a crossword. You might need to do a little research to come up with the correct word. And you'll learn some new words in the process. With your trusty dictionary by your side, start working the daily crossword puzzle in your newspaper. You'll be surprised at how you get better and better at it.
Do Some Sudoku
Sudoku puzzles seem to be much more challenging than crosswords. Instead of working with words, you work with numbers when you complete a Sudoku puzzle. A 9 by 9 cell number puzzle, one of your goals is to make sure no number 1 through 9 is used more often than once in any given straight line or 3 by 3 sub-square of numbers. It sounds harder than it is. Sudoku puzzles might even sharpen your basic math skills.
Play the Piano or Other Musical Instrument
Research has only recently revealed that people who play musical instruments are better at math. You exercise your mind whenever you play music. So, if you used to play an instrument, why not pick it up again? And if you've never played, retirement is your perfect time to take lessons. You might find someone in your neighborhood who can teach you how to play that instrument you've always wanted to play.
Most everyone has a "storyteller" side to them. Just take some paper and pen or your computer and start composing. Don't think too much about it. Instead, record the images you see in your mind's eye. Let yourself be inspired by your favorite author. Then give writing stories a try. Composing stories involves thinking, observing and formulating sentences. That's a lot of thinking and processing going on, which is good for the mind.
Record Your Memoirs
If writing stories proves too tough, begin writing the story of your life. Your composition doesn't have to be written in any particular order. In fact, doing a chapter at a time about an event, situation, or occurrence is sometimes the best way to get started on your memoirs. Once you begin writing a chapter here and there, you’re going to be amazed at how your memories are triggered and begin to flow. Recording your memoirs is a wonderful way to keep your mind and memory working.
Perform Word Search, Mazes and Other Paper and Pencil Games
You'll be pleasantly surprised when you notice that the world around you provides a wealth of brain-teasers to give your mind a real work-out. Small magazines and large books of such puzzles are available at your local discount store. Store various puzzles throughout your home, on your reading table, next to the sofa where you sit to watch television, and on your nightstand. You never know when you'll feel like exercising your mind.
Read Something Every Day
With the wealth of reading materials offered to us in any given day, read something. Take up reading novels on the Top 10 Bestsellers' list in the newspaper. Surf the internet and find quirky daily blogs that appeal to you. Subscribe to a favored magazine. Grab one of those books off your shelf and read. Every day, vow to read. If you like, set a limit. For example, vow to read 30 minutes daily. Then do it. You can even set a specific time to do it each day if that's the way you roll. Giving your mind a work-out has never been so fascinating.
Learn New Information
Speaking of reading, make it a point to learn new information frequently. Think about things you used to want to know about but never had the time to research. Now that you've got the time, you can read and research to your heart's content. Stretch the limits of your brain by taking in new information that interests you regularly and often.
No matter how you do it, exercise your mind and memory at every possible moment as you age. Enjoy spreading your wings a bit by trying some of these suggestions to give your brain a work-out. Keeping your mind sharp ensures you'll experience an enriching life.
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan