Traditionally we work for about 40-45 years of our lives to build up enough wealth as seniors to enjoy the sweet bliss of retirement. However, by the time retirement is in full swing many retirees are dealing with a host of health problems and a large portion of their time is spent visiting different doctors trying to fix their health problems. In the midst of dealing with frustrating health challenges, it is important to encourage seniors to stay mentally active to reduce the chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease or depression. The following list of activities were complied to provide seniors with hobbies or activities that they can do to help maintain healthy cognitive function. Please share these activities with your parents, grandparents, friends, or seniors in the community to help them maintain cognitive function.   Music therapy has been extensively studied in all age groups and has been proven to have a wide range of health benefits including heightened IQ, improved mood, relaxation and energy, and higher cognitive function. Listening to music can bring up past memories and can be a great form of enjoyment for seniors. Maintaining dexterity and good hand eye coordination should also be an important goal as we age. Doing arts and crafts like painting, drawing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, or partaking in the latest trend of adult colouring are all excellent inexpensive options to help preserve cognitive function. Unleashing creativity has also been shown to reduce depression, which can be an issue for isolated seniors. Remaining physically active allows seniors to be more independent to care for themselves, continue to drive, and partake in activities outside of the home. Activities such as yoga, stretching, walking or even dancing provide an engaging form of exercise that helps to strengthen the body and maintain posture and agility. If mobility is already a concern, chair exercises and stretches can also be incorporated to minimize further loss of mobility. Regular physical activity has also been linked to a lower risk of cognitive decline. Learning a new language at any age is incredibility stimulating to the brain, but if you’ve been waiting to learn a new language until you have time, then retirement is a perfect time to take up a new language. When we learn a new language, it stimulates the brain to multitask, it can improve memory, and studies have shown that multilingual adults have a delayed onset of dementia in comparison to adults who only speak one language. Brain teasers like crossword puzzles, word searches, sudoku puzzles, jigsaw puzzles or playing cards are also fantastic ways to keep the mind sharp and active. If you are still in the workforce, prevention during the working years is the key to a happy, healthy retirement. This may be easier said than done as many jobs are high pressure and high stress which over time negatively impacts our health. Utilizing the activities that were highlighted in this article are excellent for individuals of any age to reduce stress and improve quality of life. With Sources from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24704654
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