Mary Albert, over at HappyHealth.Net, was kind enough to provide this guest post for your reading pleasure:
A lot of people notice, at some point in their lives, that they aren’t as sharp as they used to be. Whether it’s misplacing car keys or trying to find the right words in a conversation, adults over the age of 55 don’t like to make a big fuss about their memory changes. However, if you’re looking for better ways to stay on top of things, here are some things that you should know.
-First of all, your brain volume shrinks as you age. This is natural, and happens to everyone. However, if you take the time to find ways to stay healthy, it can often slow the progression of this process.
-Always control high blood pressure and cholesterol. These can lead to strokes and heart disease, which are suspected to contribute to some types of dementia.
-Exercise your body AND mind. Get involved in activities to keep your body and mind fit. Whether you choose yoga, golf, or any other recreational activities, if you can keep your mind and body active, you can keep your brain sharp.
-Socialize. Not only is having friends good for your mental health, but it can help with your brain health, as well. You can stay more mentally acute by utilizing your mental and intellectual skills in interactions with friends.
There are plenty of ways that you can keep your brain healthy and stave off the dreaded onset of dementia and other mental acuity issues, but you’ve got to be proactive and know what you’re dealing with first. Personally, I like a little light walking with my friends. It keeps me healthy and interacting, giving me physical AND mental health benefits. If this isn’t your idea of a good time, find a way that you can get the activity that you need for your body and your brain so that you can stay on top of your game.