Keep learning & challenge your mind to keep your brain young

keep your brain young

A higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning in old age. Experts think that advanced education may help keep memory strong by getting a person into the habit of being mentally active. Your brain is like a muscle and requires exercise that is new, stimulating and outside of your comfort zone. Experts advise that by challenging your brain with mental exercise you will help maintain the health of individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. By pursuing a hobby or learning a new skill you can help keep your brain active. Think about activities that combine mental, social and physical components; such as join a book group; enrol on a course at a local college, play chess or bridge; write your life story; design a new garden layout.

Once you determine a mental activity that is outside your comfort zone, push yourself to attempt it anyway. A good rule is that comfort is not good for your brain. Aim for unsteadiness and uncertainty in learning – your brain will thank you for it!

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