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5 Ways to Keep Your Mind Young

By Elyse Notarianni



Young at heart, young at mind – as you get older, your body may age, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel older. Over the years, your body and mind are going to physically change – which is what leads to diseases like Alzheimer's and Dementia as well as general cognitive decline.


But there are ways to keep your mind young and active – and they’re simpler than you think.

1. Exercise

Regular moderate exercise promotes strong blood flow to the brain, which keeps cells from shrinking and strengthens your memory. Recent studies have even found that an active lifestyle can delay symptoms of dementia (not to mention it can help you maintain a healthy weight and increases your mood). You don’t have to run marathons – something as simple as a walk a few times a week can make a difference.


2. Do things that make you happy

Your mental health can have a big impact on your physical health. Adults who feel anxious, stressed or depressed are significantly more likely to experience brain fog, memory loss and, ultimately, cognitive decline. Studies have shown that 18% of adults who are depressed also suffer from cognitive impairment.

Call friends, explore your city, pick up a new hobby – spend time doing things you love. Your mental health will thank you for it.


3. Get a pet

It’s true – pets keep you young! Studies have found that older adults with pets are significantly less lonely than older adults without them. These furry friends promote regular exercise and decrease mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. Plus, they’re really cute. All of these are good for keeping your brain strong and healthy.


4. Get some sleep

Sleep is when your brain gets to rest, reset and heal itself from the day before. Getting less than 8 hours of sleep can cause brain fog, negatively impact your memory and even raise your risk of dementia. Getting a consistent sleep routine can be the key to staying sharp – so don’t be afraid to take that nap, it’s for your health!


5. Play games

Puzzles, crosswords, brain teasers – any game that makes you stop and think is great for your brain health. Problem-solving and learning are key drivers in slowing cognitive decline. It also increases motivation, social engagement, memory and even self-confidence.


 

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Alzheimer’s Association — NYC Chapter

The New York City Chapter offers confidential assistance for family members, caregivers, professionals, and those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Services include a 24-hour hotline, education and training, support groups, and early stage assistance.


CaringKind*

CaringKind* is New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. With over 30 years of experience, we work directly with our community partners to develop the information, tools and training to support individuals and families affected by dementia.