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Daily Habits That Sharpen Memory

By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on

The brain works in fascinating ways, and it is important to keep the mind sharp during all stages of life. Luckily there are many simple and practical ways to strengthen the mind and memory on a daily basis. Here are a few suggestions from Lehigh Valley elder care professionals.

Playing Games

This daily habit could be as simple and straightforward as completing the newspaper crossword puzzle every day or joining friends for a round of cards. Concentration card games and memory matching card games are also popular with both adults as well as younger generations, making these activities an ideal way to spend quality time with the family, too.

Reading

In addition to expanding vocabulary, lifelong learning promotes and sharpens memory skills. A 2015 news release from The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine showed that sustained intellectual activity and participating in activities such as book clubs and social card games can improve the quality of cognitive function.

Writing

Daily journaling is a great habit that allows a chance for reflection as well as recall and mental organization of the day’s events and activities. For those who do not wish to focus solely on personal narratives, fiction writing also offers an avenue for creative energy and the mental task of organizing information and events. A 2014 article published in The New York Times showed support for handwriting stimulating the brain, so let the pen flow. 

Exercising

There is no denying that the body and mind are connected. Daily exercise offers benefits for the body, mind, and soul, so engaging in movement and making it a habit just makes sense. An April 2014 study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed a link between aerobic exercise and improved memory skills and even volume of the hippocampus in senior women who had experienced cognitive difficulties.

Getting Creative

Adult coloring pages have become trendy and are readily available in bound books in craft stores and even as free online downloads. The Huffington Post reported that coloring not only relaxes the body and mind, but also utilizes both sides of the brain.

Learn more about promoting mental acuity during the senior years from Home Care Assistance. All of our care services, including dementia and Alzheimer’s care in the Lehigh Valley, use our Cognitive Therapeutics Method to help seniors stave off memory loss and cognitive decline. For more information, give a friendly Care Manager a call at 484-350-3874 and schedule a free in-home consultation.