5 Daily Activities You Can Do to Stimulate Your Brain and Stay Sharp

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Seniors, if you are looking to keep your brain sharp and need ways to stimulate it, here are a few daily activities you can start engaging in!

1. Play Some Games

One of the most fun ways to boost your mental health is through games! In recent years, the website Lumosity has helped many people strengthen their brains. The site was created by scientists and game designers to be fun and helpful.

However, if you aren’t much into technical games, go old school. Games such as Scrabble, word searches, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and many more are easily accessible in newspapers or in stores, and can help keep the wheels turning in your mind!

2. Get into Creative Arts or Music

Another great activity for seniors to help improve their brain sharpness is through the arts, so why not pick up an instrument, or a new hobby such as photography or painting. It’s been shown that mental health can be improved through many types of art. Find the one that works best for you!

Even listening to music of any kind can help. Since lyrics and melodies are easily remembered by the brain, they help keep it active and assist you in remembering more things in your daily life. Another suggestion, made by Everyday Health, would also be to join a local church choir.

3. Try New Foods and Recipes

By trying new foods, you’ll encourage the receptors in your brain to work together to recognize new flavors, textures, and more. Food can help engage your five senses, all of which play a role in our memories.

Another suggestion is to take cooking or baking classes. They not only engage the senses as well, but also incorporate mental skills for the using of ingredients, calculations of measurements, and the recalling of recipes.

4. Start Writing Daily

You’ve likely heard it before, but keeping a daily journal is a great way to not only help your memory, but to also get your creative juices flowing every day.

If journaling isn’t your thing, other types of writing such as storytelling, poetry, and blogging can also engage your brain and stimulate it in a similar way.

5. Eat Right and Exercise

Have you ever heard someone call a snack “brain food”? Well, they weren’t kidding. There are actually foods that exist that can help your mental strength and boost your brain! According to Memory Foundation, some of the best foods for your brain are:

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Black beans
  • Berries
  • Romaine
  • Chickpeas
  • Coconut
  • Walnuts
  • Oranges
  • Lentil
  • Broccoli
  • Olives
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Squash
 

Physical activity is also a great way to not just boost your overall health, but to help keep your brain in check as well. And there are plenty of videos on YouTube that can help. Simply search “exercises for brain health” or something similar to see which ones pique your interest!

More Ways to Stay Sharp at Water’s Edge of Bradenton

At our senior living community, we are dedicated to making sure our residents are able to stay active and focus on their health.

We have a game and club room filled with activities for seniors to take part in to help boost their mental health. Our computer lab also gives residents to opportunity to finds lots to do online.

Not to mention, we have a wide variety of events at our community which can include lectures on mental health and brain wellness, and much more.

Additionally, our blog is filled with helpful articles and different ways to stay active in Bradenton. Here are a few you might enjoy:

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