A friend’s grandmother is used to meeting her Quiz club every month. Since she turned 80, the family insists that she not drive herself and rather get dropped and picked up on her outings. While, the old lady gracefully accepted the wishes of her family, she still finds it tough as occasionally the non-availability of family, to chauffeur her to her regular meetings, makes her feel depressed. The lady in question is in peak health with her only problem being slightly weakened eyesight and a sensitive stomach. According to this grandmother she feels physically older and mentally less capable, if she misses a few of her Quiz Club meetings.
This is apparently, not a psychological effect. Using her mental faculties actively on a regular basis has probably helped her stay younger than her numerical age. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a well-educated person, who has regular mental stimulus, maybe less likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s than a person who has had a minimum level of education. According to research, keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections. “You could even generate new brain cells.”
Once her family understood the benefits of her Quiz sessions on their grandmother’s quality of life, she has never been short of chauffeurs.
- Stay curious and involved — commit to lifelong learning
- Read, write, work on crosswords or other puzzles
- Attend lectures and plays
- Enroll in courses that interest you
- Play games
- Try memory exercises
Another way to improve your mental stamina and concentration is to meditate. If you are new to medication, check out our simple tips here, to help you get started.
So, go on, start that Sudoku challenge that you have been putting off for years. It’s never too late or too early.
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