Stay Mentally Sharp in Retirement
The role of mental health and longevity is well documented. Just as we need to exercise our bodies to protect cardiovascular and bone health, working out our brains is essential to preserving our mental, social, and emotional health.
Mental Stimulation and Combating Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is very common today. It’s characterized by mild memory loss in the early stages and can progress to include a decreased ability to make decisions or participate in activities of daily living. Starting at age 65, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s doubles every five years. To minimize your risk, experts in the field suggest that following a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables and exercising your brain with activities can be beneficial. BayWoods of Annapolis residents enjoy a well rounded daily schedule of activities offering both mental and physical stimulation. contact us for more information.
Staving Off Dementia
Dementia is an umbrella term for all forms of cognitive impairment. Dementia is most commonly associated with memory loss, but it can also manifest as a loss of language skills, motor activity, or ability to plan and make decisions. Vascular dementia, for example, can be the result of a stroke. There’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that daily brain exercises and stimulation can slow the progression of dementia. As medical interventions allow us to live longer, we must take steps to protect our mental health, as dementia is associated with advancing age.
How Should I Exercise My Brain?
Mental stimulation isn’t as hard as it seems. You don’t need to be solving theoretical equations; the simple act of talking about a favorite subject with a friend can provide mental health benefits. For other ideas, try reading books, doing crossword puzzles, even eating with a non-dominant hand.
The more active role you take in preserving your mental health, the more successful you will be in staving off dementia. Be involved in social activities, read often, play card games, you should do physical exercise and pay special attention to your diet as you age.
BayWoods of Annapolis provides a mentally stimulating environment through its vast selection of programs, library circulation, and healthy meal choices. For more information about our cooperative living environment, please contact us.