This article was updated on 10-25-2019.
Brain exercises are critical to sustaining brain function, as well as keeping synapses firing and aging minds sharp. Seniors can boost their brainpower by playing various mind games that enhance memory, stimulate learning processes, and assist in preventing stagnation and boredom.
Use Your Imagination
Did you know that just using your imagination can exercise your brain? Curiosity: it’s among the most stimulating brain exercises. It’s possible to stimulate the imagination simply by thinking while you are out for a daily walk. Imagine how you would landscape your neighbor’s lawn, or attempt to guess the names of shrubs, flowers, or plants during your stroll around the neighborhood.
Exercises known as Neurobics, enhance and develop your five senses, smell, sound, taste, touch, and sight. Neurobics can be fun and challenging. Here is how: Try to button your shirt or tie your shoes with your eyes shut. Try to eat or use your computer’s mouse with your non-dominant hand. Try to eat a meal with a partner without speaking, only using visual gestures and cues to express your wishes.
Engage your mind by learning a new craft, hobby, or language. Learning new exercises or skills may assist in increasing your brain’s processing speed and engaging cognitive thinking skills and processes.
Math games, memory games, and word games aid in increasing reasoning potential and skills. However, be wary of brain games that do not offer an increase in difficulty as you master each skill level. Studies show that if a task does not increase in difficulty, your brain will become bored and start to automatize the process. Much like driving a car, your brain is no longer challenged once you have mastered the process, often making you feel like you are driving on autopilot. This is because the brain restructures itself – conquering a challenge and automatizing it. Once this happens you are no longer getting benefits from the brain game.
Physical exercise also provides mental benefits. Increased blood flow, as well as brain stimulation while exercising helps to enhance brain health in aging individuals. Strong blood vessels carry nutrient-rich blood and oxygen to the brain, needed for optimal brain development and health, irrespective of age.
According to the US Census Bureau, 76 million baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. Every day more than 10,000 baby boomers reach the age of 65. This will continue to happen daily for the next 19 years. In addition, modern medicine, science and technology have brought the majority of diseases and nutritional deficiencies under control, thereby increasing the average life expectancy from 65 to 85 years.
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