Boost your brain power by integrating these simple ideas into your everyday life.
- Pay attention by concentrating on what you want to remember. Train your memory by trying to memorize phone numbers or a credit card number.
- Find ways to decrease the stress in your life through exercise, meditation, or spending time doing something you love. Take time everyday to read a book, it is relaxing and can take you away to another place and time.
- Use all of your senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. Gardening can help to engage all of your senses in this way. Listening to music can help those with dementia to reconnect with their memories and be more engaged in the present moment.
- Use both sides of your brain. One side is artistic and abstract and the other is logical and methodical. The brain is a muscle and needs to be exercised every day.
- Keep your mind active. Do mind games, learn a new language, or play a game. Our assisted living facility offers challenging computer-based cognitive exercises. In our adult day club, we combine physical exercise and nutritious food to make the most of cognitive exercises.
- Try to avoid distractions such as excess noise and movement when trying to learn new things. Be curious and ask questions.
- Think positive and make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Learn about ways to maintain body and brain health and reduce risk of cognitive decline through physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement, courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association.