Articles tagged with: Mental Activity

Benefits of Creative Activities for Senior Citizens

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You are probably aware that a good diet and regular physical exercise improve the potential for healthy aging. You might not realize, however, that engagement in creative activities can also play an important role.

There is scientific support for this claim. Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, the late founder of The Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University, was one of the foremost researchers on the benefits of creative activities for senior citizens and aging. He discovered that:

Creativity reinforces essential connections between brain cells, including those responsible for memory.

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Learning New Skills Can Help Fight Memory Loss

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Although there is no fail-safe way to prevent memory loss, there are steps that you can take to keep your mind active. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “mentally challenging activities, such as learning a new skill, adopting a new hobby or engaging in formal education, may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.”

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

In recent years, scientists have discovered that learning new skills is especially helpful in the fight against memory loss. As cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman explained in a 2014 NPR broadcast, the process of learning new skills strengthens … read more

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Working Baby Boomers: Staying Relevant

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If you’re part of the growing segment of working baby boomers, you already know you bring value and skill sets to the workforce. Finally, the rest of corporate America has caught on. A new AARP report, A Business Case for Workers Age 50+: A Look at the Value of Experience 2015, conducted by Aon Hewitt and based on data from large employers, found companies favor hiring older employees.

Workers over 50 are a growing segment of the workforce: About 35 percent of U.S. labor force participants will be age 50-plus in 2022. This compares to just 25 percent in 2002.

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Learning a Musical Instrument: Music Therapy for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

There’s a great deal of research today that suggests that music offers tremendous therapeutic benefit to people in the later stages of their lives. It has a calming, soothing effect that can lift a burdened spirit, whisk one away to a special time that is inextricably tied to a song, or give someone something pure to enjoy simply for the sake of enjoying it. As the saying goes, music soothes the savage beast. What beast? Those nagging pressures of life that stack up and can shadow even the sunniest of dispositions.

But if listening to music is good for seniors, … read more

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Better Cognitive Performance in the Morning

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“The early bird catches the worm.” Apparently, this is as true for aging adults as it is for youngsters who hear it all the time. In a recent study coming out of the University of Oregon in Eugene, older adults are able to overcome distractions and perform more challenging cognitive tasks in the morning, researchers suggest.

When tested in the morning, a period when alertness appears to peak, seniors in the study group were able to activate the same brain regions that control focus and attention to levels that rivaled 19 to 30 year-olds. “The brain of an older adult … read more

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10 Benefits of Joining a Book Club

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Like to read? Enjoy a good discussion? Know a group of people who feel the same way? Why not start a book club, or join an existing group? You’d be surprised at the many advantages that come with belonging to an active enclave of readers.

Here are just a few benefits we came across in Senior Living Magazine.

1. Community
As a member of an active book club, you’ll be more prone to reading, and to sharing thoughts about what you’ve read with new and long-time friends. These will be people who are, literally, on the same page. Plus, it’s a great … read more

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Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia: Boost Brain Health

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Like the rest of your body, your lifestyle influences the health of your brain. Maintaining a brain-healthy lifestyle may lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. It could contribute to the prevention of symptoms, slow down the progression or even reverse the process of dementia-related deterioration.

Physical Activity

Aerobic exercise (e.g. walking 30 minutes a day, five times per week) can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50 percent.

Brain scans at the start and end of a year-long study of 120 older adults … read more

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