We keep talking about maintaining a strong and able body as we age, but what about the most important part of our body? Our brain is, of course, also prone to ageing and can lose a bit of its power, so to speak, as the decades pass by.
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Luckily, there is a lot you can do to make sure that both your own mind and your loved ones are staying as strong and healthy as possible – it is, after all, what makes us who we are.
Start your health journey by having a look at these simple ways to take better care of your brain so that you can stay sharp and healthy for a bit longer. You may not feel the effects right now, but you will definitely be grateful once you’ve grown a bit older.
#1 Take care of your head
First of all, it’s important to keep in mind that your brain may suffer a lot if you sustain any injuries. This is something we tend to focus more on as we age, though, but you need to look after those around you as well.
Recently, studies revealed the amount of damage a regular concussion actually can do to the brain – and how it is linked with other diseases such as Alzheimer's. If you have children, it’s so important to make sure that they’re protecting their heads and avoiding sports where concussions are more likely.
It may not seem like it’s any fun right now but if you’re able to grow old and stay sharp, it will definitely be worth it.
#2 Play games
Laughing, thinking, and talking to others are great ways to keep your brain sharp. Keep this in mind if you have older parents as well, by the way, as a game of chess and a good laugh a couple of times a week can do wonders to their mental health as well as their memory.
Talking about memory; memory games, in general, is also a great way to make sure that they remember everything a bit better. Have a look at these tips for caring at home if your older parents are staying with you, by the way, to make it a bit easier for you to give them the kind of care they need and deserve.
#3 Exercise right
At the end of the day, our habits will have a lot to say when it comes to keeping our mind healthy. That’s why exercising is so important as we age, and some types are much more beneficial than others. Dancing, for example, as well as tennis and aerobics will train your brain as well as your body so set your older parents up with a local dance group in your area.
Not just because they will stay sharp and healthy for longer, though, but also because it will be a lot of fun.
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