Throughout the last few weeks we have been identifying various ways in which brain fitness & exercise are essential to mental sustainability at all ages. In our first blog post, we identified the importance of brain exercise in children, and in part two, we determined that cognitive activity in young adults is essential to brain health and development. Today, we wrap up this series with insight into the importance of cognitive exercise and brain fitness in mature adults and senior citizens.
Did you know that in 2008 the Journal of Neuroscience determined that if a neuron doesn’t receive regular stimulation through active synapses, it will eventually die? This sums up exactly why brain fitness and exercise are of the upmost importance as we begin to age. In fact, exercising the brain doesn’t have to be an inconvenience, and it doesn’t need to take up a lot of your personal time. Three activity ideas that are both fun and beneficial are listed below.
3 Brain Exercises & Cognitive Activities for Adults
1. Challenge yourself with Nuerobics: Nuerobics are mentally challenging activities as simple as writing with your left hand or wearing your watch on the opposite wrist. Try switching up simple aspects of your daily routine to keep your brain engaged throughout the day.
2. Play a game with your loved ones: Family game night isn’t just for the kids anymore, and fun activities are a way to engage your brain without realizing it. Try challenging your family members to games like Pictionary, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit, or any game of strategy. Make your brain work for that victory!
3. Take the MemTrax memory test once a week: It’s no secret that we are fond of our memory testing technology here at MemTrax, but the cognitive stimulation offered by our screening is a truly fun and easy method of cognitive exercise. Consider working it into your weekly routine and head over to our testing page once a week to take the free test. It is perfect activity for baby boomers, millenials and anyone in between hoping to stay on top of their brain fitness.
Our brain is always working overtime and it is essential to ensure that we are showing it as much love as it is showing us. Keep in mind that your mental longevity is dependent upon the care and activity you show your brain now.
MemTrax is a screening test for the detection of learning and short-term memory issues, particularly the type of memory problems that arise with aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. MemTrax was founded by Dr. Wes Ashford, who has been developing the memory testing science behind MemTrax since 1985. Dr. Ashford graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. At UCLA (1970 – 1985), he attained an M.D. (1974) and Ph.D. (1984). He trained in psychiatry (1975 – 1979) and was a founding member of the Neurobehavior Clinic and the first Chief Resident and Associate Director (1979 – 1980) on the Geriatric Psychiatry in-patient unit. The MemTrax test is quick, easy and can be administered on the MemTrax website in less than three minutes. www.memtrax.com
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