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Re: What do you do to keep your brain sharp?

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Soosie wrote:
I am fortunate that I still work. It is a very mentally challenging job. I am way past retirement age. If and when I do retire, I hope to take some classes to learn more about some of the crafts I enjoy. Working with floral arrangements is one and writing is the other.

PS: I also try to stay away much of the time from the group called "Politics and Current Events."

Soosie

Hi

 

We have alot in common.  I love my job and the daily challenges that it provides as well as my friends and the salary of course : )

Are you still working?

 

 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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Like you, I keep my mind sharp by doing interviews ... in my case, audio interviews for the all-volunteer nonprofit community podcasting project I founded 3 years ago. With the help of my wife and several community members we've created 550 community podcast episodes in 3 years. Check out our website at https://best of BCB.org. Am now wanting to start including more video interviews. Would love to brainstorm with you by phone. Please contact me at Barry.peters@bestofbcb.org

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I too am a software developer, for the Mac and iPhone.  Everyone seems to think software developers consist of young people, but at 65 I still develop apps.  I do it for the mental challenge as well as the income it generates.  Also my wife and I work the daily Jumble game over dinner.

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I keep my brain sharp by producing video interviews that are helpful to viewers.  Other elders have sought my advice in producing their own.  We upload them to YouTube.com and submit them for cablecasting on community channels and for streaming online.  I am prepared to advise others on sharing their wisdom.

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For sharp my brain, I study, also read, dance and make some yoga.

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They say the brain is a muscle, and if you don't test it's limits then its going to affect growth, and possibly allow atrophy to settle in when not used. 

 

But if you keep doing the same thing over and over, even if challenging like sudoku, it's still going to become rudimentary by routine and not be as effective to create new synapses between neurons. 

 

 

Fitness has a direct correlation to brain health;

http://www.lifetimedaily.com/exercise-good-brains/

Along with the frequency of a fitness program;

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201...

 

A proper diet is also important for brain health;

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/eat_for_a_sharper_mind_5_brain_boosting_foo...

 

But brain training has skepticism from scientific community;

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/brain-training-doesn-t-make-you-smarter/ 

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AARPTeri wrote:

Many do crossword puzzles or play games, but there is also the importance of exercise and diet.  What are your brain exercises?  What do you recommend for others?


I love solving puzzles! Majong is a favorite game, but like some of the others here, I have purposely organized life in such a way that I am constantly moving physically as well as mentally solving problems. So, diet, exercise plus a steady dose of interesting, engaging tasks ranging from running a farm to genealogy and managing our investments.

 

In addition, each day I take a fun, free, 5-minute class via email from Highbrow. More on that here: http://community.aarp.org/t5/Brain-Health/Free-Lifelong-Learning-Through-Highbrow/m-p/1811880#U18118...

 

 

 

 

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. - Julius Erving
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Avoid environmental toxins! All of which cause brain fog, fatigue, depression, gastrointestinal distress and generally make me miserable!  

 

No fluoride,  eat organic food as much as possible, and use natural cleaning products. That's the first step, everything else follows. 

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I still program video games. I am learning a new scripting language for making an MMO (massive multiplayer online) video game, called HSL. I also play these games to learn the different parts, and how they should work.
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Since early spring, I've been doing a basic Pilates routine first thing in the morning--the first time in my life I've kept up an exercise program so consistently and so long.  I'm watching what I eat as well, and planning how I'll make time to add some paleo-style bodyweight and kettlebell exercises to my daily routine.

 

Besides that, I'm still working at 66 with no plans to retire; I'm learning Korean for my job and brushing up on my Russian and Spanish; I've learned to do fairly difficult Sudoku puzzles as well as the crosswords I've enjoyed for decades; and I'm going to go back to writing every day, especially poetry, and getting manuscripts out to try to get published.