Nothing on TV? Get lost in a good novel. Being a bookworm boosts your brainpower to make it function younger.
If you’ve ever had the urge to start penning your memoirs, now might be the perfect time to give it a try. Reading, writing and arithmetic aren’t just for school-aged kids. Participating in these brain-stimulating activities at any age helps you preserve memory.
Whether you enjoy delving into a delightful book, waxing poetic in your journal, or solving brainteasers, keeping your mind challenged can slow the rate of age-related mental decline, according to a study in the journal Neurology.
Researchers found that those who remained mentally challenged and stimulated in their later years had a 32 percent reduced rate of decline compared to those with average mental activity. Not sure where to get started? Sign up for an adult education class: Learning new data, like from reading these daily tips, or new skills, from speaking a foreign language to ballroom dancing, helps your brain cells form new connections.