How To Keep Your Mind Sharp When You’re 50+
Well I’ve gotten older, no doubt I’m not in denial. Forgetfulness seems natural now, but very aggravating to me. I recognize it and some days I’m o.k. with it and other days, I’m just not. On those days, I try not to think about it and instead relish in the thoughts that I’m wiser and smarter than the younger generation. 😉
However, one of the reasons I can say this is that I keep mentally and physically active. As we approach middle age, particularly 50+, we definitely lose track of things and forget more often. It’s part of the aging process and that can’t be helped, but we can continue to do things that will help keep our minds working well.
As we age, our brain cells can begin to deteriorate, so keeping mentally active is imperative. There are multiple methods and most involves practicing mental exercises. For me, I am a dancer. I also choreograph as well. So I exercise my mind constantly by learning new dances and creating new ones, going to events and exercising my body, as well as my mind! Learning these dances keeps me mentally active and challenged, and I love it. 🙂
Why Do We Forget Stuff?
Besides the normal process of aging there may be other reasons that we forget. Web MD states some of the following as reasons why people forget. “Stress and anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Alcoholism, Vitamin B-12 Deficiency, Drugs (prescription and over the county),” all of which should be addressed medically. Menopause is also another big factor in forgetfulness.
The point is as we get older there are a ton of reasons why we may forget. If there’s no medical reason for it, then there are ways that we can keep our brain well by performing mental exercises on a regular basic. How you may ask? Well here’s a few suggestions.
1. Playing Games
One way to keep mentally active is to play games. Electronic games on our phones, ipads computers, etc make easy access and can keep us addicted and engaged like Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Words With Friends, Scramble, etc. I ‘m a big Bejeweled freak, love Panda Pop, and Bid Whist, as well as, the whole Microsoft card game suit.
Crossword puzzles keep our minds sharp too. They don’t require a lot of time but do require intense thought. Filling out crossword puzzles also increases a variety of literary skills.
Reading not only increases vocabulary, but it often inspires creativity and imagination, which are indicators that the mind is still working well and clearly.
Imagination when you’re reading also requires a lot of thought. Not only should you understand what is happening in the book, but I have a tendency to visual that event in my head as I’m reading. I love to read as it takes me to other worlds in my imagination.
3. Blogging or Writing
Blogging is an effective way to keep the mind sharp. Blogging is not easy and involves a number of activities to know and learn and it will certainly keep you on your toes trying to think of articles and posts each week to write about. 🙂
4. Intellectual Arguments Or Debates
Having intellectual arguments will help keep minds sharp. Intellectual arguments and discussions often require the participants to come up with an argument, as well as reasoning for the argument, defense and support. Mental activity requires you to defend your own argument, but you have to consider your opponent’s argument too and provide intelligent responses. A great way to keep you mind sharp.
5. Join A Mastermind Group
One thing I loved about being in my Mastermind group with my lady friends – We are all strong, intelligent women and the intellectual capacity was amazing! You couldn’t help but learn from these ladies! What is a Master Mind Group? A group of people who focus on a learning something in particular like blogging or online Internet Marketing or whatever you want to make it. Working with people will mentally challenge your views to keep your mind on point.
6. Learning New Skills
As much as I enjoy stimulating conversations, reading, and blogging I love, love , love to dance and I love teaching others how to do it. If you want to challenge your mind, take a dance class. 😉 Even though we may be 50+, we can still dance and enjoy it, probably contrary to the younger generation thoughts about us dancing lol!
My job also involves constant mental acuity on a daily basis. It’s always hopping and something is always going on. Working definitely helps us stay young! So I’m not so sure I want to really retire! 🙂
When I started having trouble remembering things, there was no shame in my game when I realized it. I headed straight to the doctor and she helped and reassured me that it was all normal.
If your forgetfulness bothers you or you feel it’s out of control, please see a doctor. There are so many other reasons like anxiety, depression, ADHD, lack of sleep, Menopause and other thing which can cause forgetfulness that may not seem like normal aging. It’s not all about being 50+ but if you’re worried, please see a doctor.
Have you had an problems with memory as you get older? Do you think it’s stress, general age or some other reason. What do you do to keep your mind sharp? Do you play games, blog, dance, or some other physical activity?
Please share so we can add to our list and you can help us keep on our toes! 🙂 God Bless.