5 Ways Seniors Can Improve Brain Health
June 22, 2017 | Healthy Aging
As we get older and retire, we rely on our brain to keep us functioning, healthy and happy through the later years of our life. When we stop to think about all that the brain does, we can all agree that taking care of our minds should be a priority.
A study proves the connection between creativity and brain health
A recent study by the Mayo Clinic reveals that being creative may delay cognitive decline for middle to older aged adults.This study took place over four years and showed that participants who engaged in creative activities in both middle and old age were 73% less likely to develop cognitive impairment that those who didn’t participate in creative activities.
Many have found that participating in creative activities, such as painting, drawing, dancing, coloring, and more, can be considered another form of “meditation” in which creativity is serving as the mindfulness our brains so desperately need. Here are 5 recommended ways for older adults to easily express their creativity and improve brain health:
#1 Journaling or doodling for 10-minutes a day.
You can journal about whatever comes to mind or you can create prompts to write about. Make sure to eliminate distractions such as turning off your cell phone or the TV!
#2 Attending an art class.
Attending an art class at your local senior center, community center or even at your local doctor’s office (sometimes free of charge!)
Trying a new recipe in the kitchen. Smoothies are a fun way to experiment.
#4 Music & Dance
Listening to music and trying some new dance moves in the privacy of your own home or at a class. It combines being creative with exercise!
#5 Tending to a garden.
Some communities have communal gardens to volunteer at, but if you don’t have access to one, fresh herbs such as basil and mint are easy to tend to in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you can use them in when trying a new recipe (refer to tip #4!).
In short, being creative allows you to be in the moment and provides a sense of purpose while fostering connections with others. Iora Primary Care offers numerous classes/events that encourage our patients to get creative. Learn more by visiting the events/classes section of our website.