What have you been doing lately to continue developing cognitively? Is that just a concern for parents of young children? Science has recently discovered that good brain health is dependent upon cognitive development throughout our lifetime. In fact, it may be most important in older adults as that is the time our brains are most susceptible to unhealthy influences.
Increasing your opportunities for learning plays an important role in maintaining a high level of brain health. The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at University of California Irvine has found that lifelong learning is just as important in our mature adult years as it is in our adolescence. Learning as an older adult can be enjoyable, too!
An insatiable desire to learn creates constant stimuli to challenge and modify your brain. That allows for optimized brain health. Lifelong learning not only creates interesting personalities but also high memory function is prompted by discovering new information on a regular basis.
4 Ways to Stimulate Brain Health
If you’re naturally a voracious reader, that’s great. If you’re not, it’s unlikely you’ll develop into that as a retiree. We’re here to help you with some brain stimulation ideas that are a bit less obvious.
1. Hang 10
This does not literally mean learning how to surf, although if you’re up for it don’t let us stop you. We actually mean web surfing. Research has shown that a sector of the human brain that supports decision making can be improved by this activity.
2. Get Educated
Maybe attending classes was not the most fun you had in college, but many of those courses weren’t yours to choose. Now you can enroll in a class on anything that piques your interest--and free of charge. Many premier institutes of higher learning offer opportunities to audit courses online at no cost. This is a great opportunity for seniors.
2. Get on the Road
Learning about other cultures through travel is a blast. You can visit local museums and cultural centers or just mingle with the locals. Vacation’s best reward is knowledge gained. And what better time to travel than during retirement?
4. Support Your Local Venues
When is the last time you took a visit to the local museums, art galleries or library? Local artists build an intrinsic interest because they are close to home and libraries are not what they used to be. Multimedia, clubs and discussion groups are prevalent at today’s local library and present wonderful opportunities to expand your mind.