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Senior Health & Wellness | November 10, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

How To Help Your Mind Stay Sharp

How To Help Your Mind Stay SharpAs we age, our thought process slows. Simple things such as remembering where you left your house keys might start to take a bit longer. Working out your brain is going to do the same as working your body – it is going to help you stay fit mentally. By exercising your brain, you can improve your critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and overall memory. There are a number of different benefits that you can try.

Tip #1 – Take Classes

You shouldn’t stop learning, despite the fact that your school days are probably long gone. Learning new skills or trying new hobbies are going to keep your mind sharp. There are many different options available, and the Internet has made it easier than ever before to learn new information. You make new connections in your brain when you learn new things. This is going to greatly improve your overall cognitive function.

Tip #2 – Puzzle

Many senior living communities have a place where seniors can get together and solve jigsaw puzzles. This is not just a way to pass the time (and something that is fun to complete) but it also helps stimulate your brain. Rearranging and noting the piece of each shape is going to exercise your brain. Start with easier images and bigger pieces before you move towards the larger puzzles. Not only are these fun to do solo, but it is also possible to work together. Because almost everyone can get into puzzles, this is a fun activity to try.

Tip #3 – Write

In order to write down their daily thoughts, feelings and events, people often keep a diary or a journal. Oftentimes people forget about this, primarily because it is a time-consuming effort. Because it helps boost memory, seniors can benefit from writing. Chances are that you noticed that you remembered things far easier when writing things down, this is something that you can use here. While it might take some time at first, it soon becomes second nature.


It is important remain stimulated mentally and socially as we age. Because of this, communities like those offered by Carlton Senior Living know how important it is to offer a wide range of entertainment and events as well as abundant opportunities for social interaction right outside your door.