Strategies for Boosting Brain Health

As we get older, we realize how important it is that we start taking better care of our bodies.  A fit body not only means that muscles and joints start to function better; it also means a higher probability of being able to fend off serious illnesses such as heart disease or stroke.

While we keep our bodies fit, we must also consider out minds.  Heart disease is a condition that nobody wants; neither is dementia, memory loss, and a whole host of other cognitive impairments.

Keeping our brains as fit as our bodies should therefore be a top priority.  The good thing about exercising one’s brain is that anyone can do it.  You don’t even have to leave your chair!  Here are some examples of ways you can “train” your brain:


Pick up a book, magazine, recipe, or set of instructions, and have a read.  The content doesn’t matter, but it will challenge your brain more if you read a wide variety of material.  Reading helps build neural connections in your brain as it processes all of the different information you are giving it.

Playing Games or Doing Puzzles

If you have senior care in Richmond, then challenge your Caregiver to a game of chess or backgammon.  If not, then why not play an occasional game of solitaire, or try your hand at Sudoku or a jigsaw puzzle?

Solving problems and manipulating letters or numbers gives your brain a workout.  You can try to make the puzzles progressively harder or do them against the clock as an extra challenge

Learning Something New

Have you always wanted to play a musical instrument but have never had the time?  Do you think you could be the next Rembrandt but have never had the chance to prove it?  It’s never too late to take up new things!

There are so many clubs and groups that offer all kinds of activities and learning opportunities.  If it’s not possible to get out, then try learning something new at home, like a new language?


If you can get out and about, then meeting with family and friends is the easiest way to get your brain thinking.  Having a simple chat means that your brain is working hard, trying to formulate responses and think of things to say.  Interacting with people also boosts your mood.

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