I am working on a geology lab with my daughter today. A geologist, I am not. Identifying rocks is proving to be more challenging than either of us had hoped. I am trying to convince myself that I will be glad I put in the effort, not only today, but hopefully years from now. Hopefully, down the road my brain will function well. I am on a quest to stay brain strong. I saw the ravages of dementia on my dad and now I am witnessing it with my mom. Is dementia inevitable or are there steps we can take to ward it off? I have done some research and one thing that keeps coming up is that it is important to work your brain.
We have all heard with regard to muscles that you use it or lose it. The brain is similar in many ways. I am linking to an article from APS (Association for Psychological Science). I found it to be a good read with some concrete examples of what may help your brain stay strong for years to come. Evidently, the more demanding the challenge the greater the benefit. So bring on the metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and let’s identify some of their constituent minerals. How will you challenge your brain today?
Learning New Skills Keeps an Aging Mind Sharp
Everyone has a story to tell. Countless stories actually. An array of stories that all blend together into one unique lifetime. Perhaps you have kept a diary or did when you were a teenager. Perhaps you have taken time throughout the years to put memories to paper or the keyboard. If you have or if you haven’t, you do have a story to tell. The best time to commit these stories to paper or recordings is right now. These stories can be for your family to listen to or for your eyes and ears only as a way to look back with the gained perspective of gained experience. You are not the same person you were when these events took place. Whether you realize it or not, each event, each happening, good or bad, memorable or just a small piece in time, has affected who you are today. Looking back on them now may yield new discoveries or insights that you just couldn’t see when you were in the midst of the moment. Whether you want to pass on the details or glean the lessons learned from a lifetime of experience, recording memories is a treasure that you can share.
Have you ever been handed a box of pictures and have no idea whose faces you see? Continue reading “You Have a Story to Tell”
Do you adopt resolutions each New Year’s Day? Or have you stopped because it seems they may only last a week or two? This article shares 8 resolutions that can make a great difference in your day to day enjoyment and happiness. For the next 12 months, Winter Grace will be revisiting these resolutions time and time again. We will have specific tips, information, and opportunities to live these out and just perhaps a few more. Everyone, regardless of age will benefit from these suggestions. I am looking forward to it. Are you? What resolutions would you add to this list? Please share.
1.Exercise 10 minutes everyday.
2.Explore new volunteer opportunities.
3.Revive and old friendship. Continue reading “What are Your New Year’s Resolutions”
If you would like support and suggestions to stay healthy and strong as you age, age well, the Department of Health and Human Services has a lot of resources. Please take a few minutes to check out this article: Go4Life
Yoga may seem like something only the young and most limber can do and benefit from. Let’s cast aside myths and misinformation and perhaps gain flexibility at any age. This article is a great introduction to yoga. Have you tried yoga? Are you willing? This is just a suggestion, but definitely something to think about….
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