“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Especially when it is preventable!
Once upon a time it was believed the mature brain was incapable of further growth. Condemning all to a slow decline in cognitive functioning. Memory loss, dementia even Alzheimer’s were accepted as a part of the aging process.
This is no longer accepted as truth. Beginning in the second half of the twentieth century. Scientists began unlocking the neuroplasticity of the brain. Its ability to produce neurons throughout an individual’s life. Even to reorganize— rewire itself when damaged by disease or physical injury. Impaired cognitive functioning in the twilight years was no longer a given.
So what can you do to insure your brain retains plasticity— remains healthy? Exercise it. Become a life long learner. Pursue knowledge and novel experiences. Challenge yourself and learn something new every day. Broaden your vocabulary by reading something other than “gossip” magazines or social media posts.
Do not continually engage in familiar and repetitive mental activities and routines. Shake off the monotony of daily life by driving a different route, taking a vacation, visiting a new theater or museum.
Seek out opportunities requiring attention and concentration. Take a college or continuing education course. Learn to play a musical instrument. Try new recipes and cooking techniques. Play games requiring strategy and problem solving skills. Complete a crossword puzzle or other brainteasers.
Remain socially and physically active. Volunteer in your community. Eat healthy and exercise. Maintain intimate and authentic relationships.
Former Vice President Dan Quayle once said. “What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind, or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.”
At the time it was considered a major blunder, fodder for journalists and comedians. But he might have had it right.
Your mind— brain is to be treasured and protected. Lifestyle choices have consequences, either negative or positive. Choose wisely and your brain will remain young and active, regardless of your chronological age.
How healthy is your brain?
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Have a great day! Rita
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!