We all know how important it is to exercise our bodies, but did you know your brain needs to be exercised, too? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, exercising your brain on a regular basis decreases your risk of cognitive decline in later years.
Daily brain exercises can keep your brain in top shape:
- Test your memory recall by making a list and seeing if you can remember the items an hour later.
- Figure out math problems in your head without the aid of pencil, paper, or a calculator.
- Learn how to cook something new by taking a cooking class. Cooking uses a number of senses: smell, touch, sight, and taste, which all involve different parts of the brain.
- Try learning a foreign language; the listening and speaking involved stimulates the brain.
- Challenge your taste buds by trying to identify each ingredient included in what you are eating.
- Try a new hobby that involves fine-motor skills, such as knitting, drawing, or painting, to refine your hand/eye coordination.
Brain exercises don’t have to be boring. Make it more exciting by trying something new each day to challenge this important organ in your body.
Shell Point has a variety of brain-stimulating activities and clubs available for residents. To learn more about the many amenities Shell Point offers, contact The Welcome Center at (239) 466-1131.