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According to an AARP survey, those who engage in cognitively stimulating activities say that they have stronger memory and overall have better health. Gary Small, M.D., the director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, states “if you work your brain, your brain in turn will work for you.”
 
To help stimulate your brain, AARP suggests doing simple “brain-boosting” actives every day or as frequent as possible. These brain-boosters can include but are not limited to
   - creative actives such as cooking, reading, or playing an instrument
   - brain-challenging activities like playing games and solving puzzles
   - educational activities such as learning a new language
   - spiritual actives such as meditating
   - socializing activities like spending time with a friend or loved one
 
The study shows that those aged 40 and above engage in about eight activities each week. People who reported doing more brain-boosting activities consider themselves as feeling great in their overall health, and feel sharper and happier.
 
You cannot control the process of aging, but you do have some control over how it can affect you mentally and physically.
 
Click here to read more about this study.
 
Sources:
“Active Brains Are Healthy Brains, New Survey Finds.” AARP Staying Sharp. https://stayingsharp.aarp.org/art/discover/17/stimulating-activities.html?intcmp=AE-HEA-BH-TERTNAV-SS 

 

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