Tips to Keep Dementia Away
By Sara Butler
As you get older you may feel as if it's difficult to remember things as well as you used to. To some degree that's normal, but it's dementia you need to work to try to prevent. Dementia impacts the lives of about five million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research has recently revealed that since the progression of dementia is slow there are things you can do to slow down or prevent symptoms. In reality, it's best not to wait until you see the first signs of dementia to do something about it. Here are a few things you can do no matter your age to engage your brain and keep your mind sharp.
Get a Hobby
It may sound like a stereotype for an older person to find a hobby they enjoy such as knitting or sewing, but to keep your brain working at its best that's exactly what you should do. Quilting, woodworking, golf, cross stitching, knitting, and building models are all things you can engage in to keep your mind going strong. In fact, research has shown that hobbies such as these, when engaged in on a regular basis, can help keep your memory sharp and prevent it from deteriorating.
If you can combine your hobby with a social situation, such as a knitting club or card playing club, then you're going to give dementia a double whammy hit. That's because any hobby you can do that involves other people will help to keep your brain healthy and forming new connections.
Consider volunteering for a cause you enjoy such as helping at your local soup kitchen or a hospital, so you regularly come into contact with many different people. The more you challenge yourself to use your social skills and develop them, the better off you'll be.
Never Stop Learning
To keep your mind engaged and active, utilize the technology in the world around you. It doesn't have to be anything complicated, but just tuning into a weekly podcast in which you learn something new can do wonders for your brain. If you want to take it a step further, consider learning a new language or instrument to help stimulate your brain and keep it functioning at its best.
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