Just as physical activity keeps your body strong, mental activity keeps your mind sharp and agile.
“It is important to experience new frontiers, ” says Dr. Takahashi. “Excitement is an important part of learning.”
If you continue to learn and challenge yourself, your brain continues to grow, literally. Regardless of age, an active brain produces new dendrites — connections between nerve cells that allow cells to communicate with one another. This helps the brain store and retrieve information more easily, no matter what your age.
How can you challenge yourself? Try:
-Learning to play a musical instrument
-Playing Scrabble or doing crossword puzzles
-Interacting with people
-Switching careers or starting a new one
-Starting a new hobby, such as crafts, painting, biking or bird-watching
-Learning a foreign language
-Staying informed about what’s going on in the world
(Source: Mayo Clinic website at www.mayoclinic.com)