Dementia describes a group of symptoms that affect social
abilities and thinking. According to Mayo Clinic, the risk of developing dementia increases as you get older and especially
after age 65. Many studies have found that staying physically, socially, and
mentally active can reduce the risk of memory loss and other symptoms of these
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, staying active keeps cognitive decline at bay by making the
brain form new synapses. Synapses are connections between brain cells, and new
ones are created whenever we learn new skills. Try some fun ways to build new
synapses and keep your brain healthy.
Picking up new steps
engages many different parts of the brain. It’s also a good way to get in some
Not only will you help a
cause you support, but you'll also meet new people and learn new skills.
Engaging with the community and trying something new may help prevent dementia.
Play a Variety of Games
Try working on different
puzzles for a fun and challenging approach to prevention. You only form new
synapses when you're doing an activity at which you're not already an expert.
If you're a crossword expert, try Sudoku instead. If you play a lot of bridge,
switch to hearts, spades, or poker.
Navigating an unfamiliar
city and visiting new places are great ways to build synapses.
Learn a Foreign Language
Gaining new language
skills is one of the most effective ways to build new synapses between brain
Read a Book
Recent studies have
shown that people who read regularly are less likely to suffer mental problems
as they get older. Your reading material doesn’t have to be Proust, either. Reading
newspapers and magazines can also help keep your mind sharp.