Hi everyone. Throughout our lives it is important to keep our brains healthy. Since the majority of people having a total knee replacement are likely in the older age range (including me!) , I thought it would be beneficial to share information about ways to keep your aging mind active. This is especially true during our COVID19 crazy times!
Play Brain Games.
Brain games come in all categories. The intent is to have fun while stimulating your mind. Whether it is memory training, visual acuity, puzzles, and/or video games – there is bound to be something that suits your fancy.
Word games – word search, Hangman, Scrabble, etc.
Treasure hunts including geocaching
Engage In Brain Training..aka Brain Fitness
Brain training, on the other hand, is gym exercise for the brain. These maneuvers improve your cognitive abilities. You need to do these exercises to work on/improve memory, intelligence, navigation, communication, focus, mental acuity, and brain processing speed.
An efficient brain training program will be backed up by scientific proof (research). Scientific studies will be peer-reviewed, independent, repeatable, and published in professional journals.
Improved self confidence
Improved driving skills
Lower medical costs
Faster visual processing speed
Using your opposite-side hand
If you are right-handed, use your computer mouse with your left
If you are left-handed, brush your teeth with your right hand
Close your eyes when performing tasks..rely on touch
Of course, use your common sense
Shower with your eyes closed and feel for your shampoo, soap, etc.
Play with coins to distinguish size changes
Change your daily routine
Walk your dog at a different time
Do a different exercise
Meditate in the evening, if morning is your usual
Play A Musical Instrument
Playing music offers so many benefits, it is a shame to not learn one that suits your desires. Find an instrument that sparks an interest and go for it.
Learn to Read Music
This is a language in and of itself. IT IS A BLAST! Since studies show that only 10% of musicians know how to perform this wonderful, rewarding task – you will be among the educated few.
Read, Read, Read
Our world is turning into a video-oriented one that discourages reading. What a shame. Reading powerfully stimulates the brain. It may take longer to read than watch a video, but the mental results far outweigh the video results.
Go to your library, check out a book, do some Kindle reading, and/or subscribe to a magazine/newsletter. The choice is yours.
That’s about it for now. Can you think of another way to keep your brain healthy as we age? Kindly share in the comment section below.
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