Boost Your Brain Power

Like any other part of the body, neurons weaken as people age. But you can re-energise your brain power by doing a few simple things.

Our memory peaks in our 20s and 30s and slowly begins to decline as we grow older. Memory lapses, like losing your keys, arriving at the grocery shop and forgetting what you were supposed to get, trouble remembering where you left your car in the parking lot etc. are common and even normal for adults going into their fourth or fifth decade.

Other functions which slow down somewhat include our capacities for learning something new and shifting focus from one activity to another. But the ability to recall concepts and general facts or vocabulary and language skills, which fall under semantic memory continue to improve for many older adults.

The human brain works on a ‘use it or lose it’ principle. The more you give your brain a workout, the better you are able to process and remember information.

Three easy ways to strengthen your memory as you grow older-

  • Brain Gym: Find several brain exercises that you enjoy, and make them a habit. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku puzzles, lateral thinking puzzles and even good riddles are great way to get brain exercise.
  • Physical Gym: Physical activities and exercise, such as brisk walking, help boost and maintain brain function.
  • Neurotics: The term was invented by Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin to describe exercises especially designed to keep the brain sharp. The belief is that unusual sensory stimulation breaks the auto-pilot mode that the brain slips into with routine actions and thoughts. Breaking that mould releases certain chemicals that encourage growth of new dendrites and neurons in the brain. Here are a few ways you can go off-beat.

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