Implementing The Plan To Improve Thinking

Current state of Readiness: Action

Individuals have made intentional lifestyle modifications.

Our Goal: To keep you motivated and on track.

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Exercise Your Mind

  • Talk to someone daily
  • Change the scenery; get out of the house
  • Play games: crossword puzzles, cards, sudoku
  • Write your feelings and thoughts for the day
  • Use the library
  • Celebrate what you can do!
  • Attend educational seminars and classes
  • Unlock your imagination
  • Remember it is never too late to learn something new!

Tips to Challenge Your Mind

  • Pick an item around the house and name ten things it could be
    • Associate an item to an uncommon use.
  • Put yourself in the situation when you read
    • Use all of your senses and write down what you experience
  • Break your daily patterns
  • Focus on life skills:
    • Concentration
    • Stress and emotional management
    • Memory
    • Visual/spatial skills
    • Auditory short term memory
    • Hand-eye coordination
    • Planning and problem solving
  • Try to involve logic, strategy, pattern recognition, sequence solving, and/or word completion
  • Exercise
    • As little as three hours a week of brisk walking has been shown to halt, and even reverse, brain shrinkage
    • After only three months, the people who exercised had the brain volumes of people three years younger
    • Improves learning through increased blood supply and growth hormones
  • Reduces stress
    • Chronic stress will actually damage your brain
    • Prolonged exposure to cortisol, released during stress, can damage the brain and block the formation of new neurons
    • A few minutes of relaxation on a regular basis will improve both your brain and overall fitness
    • Maintain your social network for both stimulation and stress reduction

Keep Going – You Can Do It

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