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Senior Living | 03/22/18
Maybe you’re already familiar with what are jokingly called “senior moments.” You walk into your bedroom and suddenly, you can’t remember what it is you needed. Or, you set down your reading glasses and ten minutes later, you have no clue where they went.
While those of all ages certainly encounter moments of forgetfulness, older adults are generally at a higher risk for cognitive decline and memory loss. This is due to biological changes in the brain that occur as a natural part of the aging process. For example, the area of the brain known as the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory formation and retrieval, starts to deteriorate in your later years. Additionally, the hormones responsible for protecting your brain decrease with age. However, keeping your brain active as you age can help both improve your memory and possibly delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Just like your body needs physical activity to stay strong and fit, so does your brain. Studies reveal exercising your brain regularly can help lead to less of a decline in your cognition and memory. For example, one study looked at individuals age 65 and older who participated in “brain training” exercises involving memory and reasoning skills, as well as the speed at which they processed information. What the researchers discovered was that these adults showed improvements in all skills, with the improvements lasting for up to five years.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is also key in improving your brain health over time. Eating a nutritious diet, exercising 30 minutes per day and quitting unhealthy habits like smoking can all have a positive impact on your brain.
Additionally, there are a few simple ways to exercise your brain to keep it as healthy as possible, as well as potentially decrease your risk for dementia. Here are five brain exercises to add to your daily routine:
At The Moorings at Lewes, you’ll find plenty of stimulating activities to ensure your brain is healthy and engaged. From a variety of classes in our onsite art studio and fitness center, to lifelong learning opportunities at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, we make sure you are enjoying an enriched, active lifestyle in all eight dimensions of wellness. Learn more about our senior living options and our vibrant continuing care retirement community in Lewes by contacting us today.