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Fun and Games Key to Staying Sharp as We Age

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Fun and Games Key to Staying Sharp as We Age

Keeping our brains sharp as we age may be more fun than we think, according to a new study.

Keeping our brains sharp as we age may be more fun than we think, according to a new study. While brain-boosting nutrition and regular exercise are essential to warding off memory loss and cognitive impairment, so is having a little fun.

The study included 152 participants, of which the mean age was 81 years. The study was part of a wider research project that is studying risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, called Rush Memory and Aging Project.

According to the study, activities that challenge our brains can actually preserve the structural integrity of our brains as we age. Activities the researchers suggest include:

  • reading the newspaper
  • writing letters
  • visiting a library
  • attending a play or show
  • playing mentally challenging games, such as chess or board games

The good news is that it’s never too late to start! So try your hand at a crossword puzzle, host a board games night at your house, take a class to learn a new language, or write a letter to an old friend.

Looking for more tips to boost your brain power? Check out our recent article “Keep Your Memory Sharp."

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