Boost Your Brain Power For a Greater Later Life

05 June 2014

Eating more tomatoes, brushing your teeth with your opposite hand and having a good laugh with your friends are just some of the ways to help boost brain power in later life. We’ve put our heads together with Catharine Jenkins, Senior Nurse Lecturer at Birmingham City University to create a new guide that is packed with information and advice on how to maintain your sharp edge and mental prowess as we grow older.

 

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It contains a wealth of tips on the best ways to improve mental agility and reduce the effects of diminishing cognitive skills – covering everything from hobbies and activities to nutrition and lifestyle changes.  

Catharine believes “Change is to be expected as we age, but deterioration is not inevitable.  Many memory problems are due to poor concentration or motivation or anxiety and stress.  Like anything else, using your brain will make it work best and there’s some truth in the saying ‘use it or lose it’. 

“Keeping your mind active is paramount for sustaining both physical and mental health as we get older.  Simple lifestyle changes and keeping busy with enjoyable activities can help keep your mind sharp and reduce the risk of depression.”

Studies show that keeping yourself mentally, as well as physically fit, will make you feel better, improve brain power – and help you to stay independent for longer.  The more you use and sharpen your brain, the more benefits you will get.  Our Boost Your Brain Power Guide is designed to help those over 60s improve their mental agility which ultimately can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying way of life.

Catharine’s top ten tips for improving mental agility include:


  1. Use your non dominant hand for simple tasks such as brushing your teeth.  Theoretically, this can strengthen the pathways in the opposite side of the brain.
  2. Eat healthily – a Mediterranean type diet is best, with lots of vegetables and fish. A little alcohol is good (but a lot is harmful)
  3. Use your brain – always be ready to learn, and look for activities that challenge your brain on many levels.
  4. Try something new – starting a new hobby or learning a language are ideal but even simple tasks such as taking a different route to the shops will help improve concentration.
  5. Reduce or (ideally) stop smoking.
  6. Develop and nurture a sense of purpose – do things that are meaningful for you.
  7. Stay connected - socialise, be involved with others and laugh often.
  8. Keep active – even 30 minutes of brisk walking daily can improve blood flow to the brain, boosting neural growth factors and brain connectivity. Remember, what is good for your heart is generally good for your head.
  9. Make the most of opportunities to puzzle things out – avoid the calculator for simple problems.
  10. Start a diary or journal – offers a low stress way to sharpen the mind and a wonderful keepsake to pass on to younger generations.

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