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Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 8, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

Fun Ways to Exercise Your Brain

senior-lady-doing-a-jigsaw-puzzleWhether you exercise physically or mentally, you need to remain stimulated in order to be engaged for the long term. For those seniors who want remain mentally engaged but do not want to go for such lofty aspirations such as ‘learning a new instrument’ or ‘learning a new language’, these are a few simple ways that you can get started today to exercise your brain

Tip #1 – Play A Game

Even though it sounds obvious, puzzles are a great way to play a fun game that is going to keep your mental gears turning. This is going to lead to new neural connections in the brain, which helps with keeping your mind sharp as you get on in age. Once you get comfortable with a particular game or system, it is a good idea to switch it up – just because you want to keep challenging yourself.

Tip #2 – Go Out And Volunteer

Did you know that volunteering not only feels good, but could also prevent cognitive issues such as memory loss? When we volunteer and try something new, our brain is still generating new neurological pathways. A report from Stanford University found that those who do volunteering work live longer than those who do not.

Tip #3 – Liven It Up With Music

Chances are that you already know that listening to music can have a positive effect on our brain activity, blood pressure, performance, mood, and memory. It is possible that you have very vivid memories when you listen to different types of music. It is said that complex melodies such as Beethoven or Mozart are able to have a positive impact on our mental development. Even though the ‘Mozart Effect’ is still unproven, what we do know is that you are certainly going to benefit from listening to music.

Tip #4 – Switch It Up Left And Right

You probably have a dominant hand that you draw or write with – now use the other hand once in a while! Even though it sounds silly and straightforward, it actually takes a lot more brainpower and concentration. In fact, writing with your ‘other’ hand might make you feel as though you are learning to write all over again. As you continue to improve, you are certainly going to notice a difference.

As we continue to grow older, it becomes even more important that we have both mental and social stimulation on a regular basis. That is why so many prefer the housing options found at www.carltonseniorliving.com. Because the courteous staff there makes sure that residents constantly have something to do or are otherwise engaged.