Tag Archives: Brain Engaged

Tip of the week: Consider mental dexterity, not just mental effort.

Every September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month at PBE. This September we encourage you to consider the mental side of falls prevention (along with the physical side).

Our weekly tips will be all about ways to keep the brain active because an alert mind is better equipped to keep your body safe.

Truly improving your brain power to become more aware of your body and your physical  Meditation environment requires more than increasing mental exertion, it also requires having mental dexterity. Mental dexterity roughly means having the sharpness of mind to be able to think creatively and to express oneself quickly and easily.

The following activities increase mental dexterity:

  • Meditation: This doesn’t mean anything spooky, like being able to levitate or transcend space and time. It simply means to locate a quiet space where you can clear your mind for 10 minutes or more.
  • Learning a foreign language: Taking up a new language is guaranteed to give your brain a good workout. Children learn languages much more quickly than adults, so learning a new language is kind of like finding the Fountain of Youth for your brain.
  • Drawing, painting, and other crafts: These and other creative activities exercise the right side of your brain, which helps with problem solving. Creativity and intelligence are closely connected.

Follow me on social media (LinkedIn and Google+) for more tips and information to support your brain health.

Tip of the week: Read a great book.

Every September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month at PBE. This September we encourage you to consider the mental side of falls prevention (along with the physical side).

Our weekly tips will be all about ways to keep the brain active because an alert mind is better equipped to keep your body safe.

There is nothing like getting lost in a good book. Besides offering high quality entertainment, Falls Prevention - Brain Engaged regular reading offers so many benefits; for example, reading strengthens memory, expands vocabulary, improves analytical thinking skills, and increases focus and concentration.

Here are some easy ways to motivate yourself and your loved ones to spend more time each day reading:

  • Join or start a book club for seniors.
  • Checkout online book reviews, like NPR books or Goodreads.
  • Head to your local library, used bookstore, or thrift shop and browse the shelves.

A good biography can be really informative and transport you to a whole different place and time. Ron Chernow’s biography about Alexander Hamilton tells the story of a Founding Father who “galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.” You won’t be able to put it down!

What book are you reading now? Share with our community in the comments below or on LinkedIn or Google+.

Photo attribution: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ccacnorthlib/4131076475

Tip of the week: Take a free online course.

Every September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month at PBE. This September we encourage you to consider the mental side of falls prevention (along with the physical side).

Our weekly tips will be all about ways to keep the brain active because an alert mind is better Elderly Brain Engagement equipped to keep your body safe.

Did you know that lifelong learning has benefits beyond being able to impress your friends and family with your ability to recite all of the US state capitals? Research shows that staying mentally active helps to prevent cognitive decline. And with all of the resources available on the Internet, it has never been easier for seniors and people of all ages to learn something new.

Why not take a free online course about something you’ve always wanted to learn? Senior Planet offers the following free courses (plus, hundreds of others):

  • Elementary French
  • Science & Cooking
  • Cars: Past, Present, and Future
  • An Introduction to Psychology

The courses are taught by instructors, experts, and professors from around the world. What an amazing value!

Let’s keep the discussion going on social media. Follow me on LinkedIn and Google+ for more tips and information to help you keep your elderly loved mentally active.