Good Physical Health Helps Your Brain

The threshold of old age prompts us to pay closer attention to heart health, vascular conditions, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. If we are smart, we start exercising regularly, and we drink more water. We give more attention to good nutrition to avoid gaining too much weight.

We make changes to our homes and lifestyle to preserve our health and prevent dangerous downfalls. We allow our children to help look out for us. And finally, we visit the doctor more than we used to. We need medical advice to stop smoking, avoid abuse of dangerous drugs and prescription medications, and refrain from consuming too much alcohol.

How To Keep Your Brain Active, Fit and Healthy

Youv'e finihed your formal education, but that doesnt mean you have to stop learning. Perhaps you've reached retirement age and no longer have to work. One of the best ways to stimulate the mind is with continuing education. You dont have to enrol in chemistry or physics class, but choose something that's new, interesting and challenging:

  • Learn a new language or enrol in a dance class.
  • Take carpentry course and build that new deck you've always wanted.
  • Challenge yourself with word puzzles and games of strategy.
  • Leran gardening or gourmet cooking.
  • Create a computer program.
  • Take up a musical instrument and join a community chorus.
  • Work for a political figure in your area.
  • Go online where can take part in academic courses.
The idea is to do something that's both challenging and fun without being stressful.

Why Does the Brain Need Stimuli for Effective Exercise?

Simply put, doing the same old thing all the time can be boring to your brain. No new pathways are established once a task is learned and stored in the memory. Think of your brain as idling, waiting for something new it can bite into and consume.

Our brains biologically adapt in response to new experiences or changes. Neuroscientists use the term plasticity to describe the brain's ability to contiuously learn and adapt. Sometimes the brain even finds ways to overcome huge obstacles in the wake of injury. Your brain allows you to become familiar with new circumstances through the process of habituation in which it's response to a sensory stimulus ( pictures, music, the feel of a new pair of shoes )gradually decreases in intensity as the stimulus continues. In general, the brain is primed to focus on what changes, rather than what remains in a steady state.

Taking a Proactive Stand Against Alzheimer's Disease

Two of the scariest sysmptoms associated with old age are the gradual loss of memory and the ability to think. Fear of an Alzheimer's diagnosis has caused society in general – especially aging seniors and their families – to become fiercely proactive in an attempt to slow down or possibly avoid the onset of the disease.

We would all like to believe that keeping a healthy mind will delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer's Spouses and families are willing to try most anything to keep this fatal disease from striking a loved one. Encourage the senior in your life to seek out new experiences and enjoy every bit of life while they still can. Challenge youe own brain now while there's still time. It certainly can't hurt to try.