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:
- Stress and emotional management
- 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
- 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