Exercise Your Brain, Preserve & Build Your Memory

Like your muscles, your brain needs regular workouts to stay healthy and fit as you age.

Benefits of Brain Exercises

  1. Increases Cognitive Reserve 
  2. Protects Your Memory
  3. Delays or Prevents some Neurological Changes
  4. Helps Regain Lost Brainpower

**Catholic nuns- Autopsy revealed Alzheimer’s lesions with no symptoms, lived a life that increased their Cognitive Reserve:  Life of Meditation Continued Stud Eating a low fat diet Strong social ties with nuns and community

How to Do this:

Stimulate Your Brain in Several Ways (Brush your teeth with your opposite hand; read a variety of material including comic strips, novels, and the newspaper)

  • Use Creativity
  • Challenge
  • Novelty

Do Not Become Passive- will atrophy

Be Creative: Sculpt- Use Play dough, you can re-use it, paint, craft kits

Test Your Recall: Make a list — Grocery items, Things to do, Family Birthdays, etc. — and memorize it.  An hour later, see how many items you can recall.

Learn a Foreign Language or to Play a Musical Instrument: Stimulates the Brain by listening, memorization and challenging and teasing your brain

Play Games: Any games, the more variety, the better: Monopoly, Cards, Chess, Electronic Games, Board Games .Its Social too!

Stay Connected and Socialize: Have Company for Dinner, join a club, support groups, pets

Debbie joins FOX Rochester for her weekly senior health segment