How to keep your mind sharp as you grow older

How to keep your mind sharp as you grow older

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”

As we always take care of our body, we need to take care of our brain too.

Ageing is not the only factor for low cognitive but our thinking patterns and our inner narrative propels the depletion of our cognitive brain.

To keep our mind sharper and boost our cognitive mindset, here are essential 6 tricks you must follow:

Boost your Cognitive Mind as you age:

Memory loss/depletion is commonly observed amongst seniors and the acceptance of myths related to ageing begins. Studies have shown that you can reduce the risk of dementia and avoid or lower the magnitude of your cognitive decline by these 6 strategies:

1) Learning is a journey: Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. Ensure you enroll for a new hobby, learning a new skill or volunteering for a project will fuel or restart your learning journey.

2) Ignite your Stimuli: Ageing brings you back to basics. Ignite your stimuli by undertaking an assignment or collaborating with your peers and gather to unlearn what your learnt and learn everything in a new way- by joining a music class/drawing or painting or play some sensory games (or use apps) in the market for the same.

3) Self-Belief/Faith: Myths about ageing can contribute to a poor memory. Believing in yourself and busting the stereotype “old-age myths” is imperative to keep your mind sharp. If you believe you can improve and you translate that belief into practice, you have a better chance of keeping your mind sharp.

4) Prioritize your Brain: Channelizing and prioritizing the usage of brain is key for everyone. Ageing can make it worse if we fail to prioritize. Japanese Seiton Principle helps in taking care of daily issues such as locating your glasses, keys etc. by having a “A place for everything and everything in its place” -such as spectacles, house keys, handkerchief, walking stick, yoga mat. So, your brain can now be used to memorize some new things or learn to do so.

5) Repeat and Reinforce: With these smartphones, apps, google talk, we have no need to memorize our friend’s number or write a message to him/her. Ageing adds to it. But if you wish to remember a recently heard name or want to reinforce the name-face connection, repeat what you’ve heard.

E.g.” We met Anand Chopra at Delhi, right?”

6) Space it Out: Repetition is most powerful as learning tool when its properly timed. Ensure, you repeat the needful information you wish to read and remember but after spaced periods. Intermittent repetitions or spaced out periods for reading or learning can give great results and help keep your mind sharper.

Cognitive Fitness is quiet indispensable as due to medical advancement we all live life longer and unhealthy life leads to depression, stress and despair.

Age is just a number. Every phase needs to be dealt carefully and with knowledge. Mental fitness is as important as physical. Learning a new hobby, socializing with friends, going outdoors, meditation or yoga helps us to remain fit and active and hence can contribute to a healthy family.

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