Even when school is long behind us, it is important to keep our brains active and sharp. There are a number of ways to do that, including keeping yourself moving and to have healthy habits.
Social interaction is important in maintaining cognitive function. Hearing loss can lead to isolation in social situations, which in turn may negatively affect brain function. Other evidence-based recommendations for keeping your brain sharp include:
- Regular exercise
- Getting enough sleep
- Controlling high blood pressure
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Eating a balanced diet
- Avoiding smoking
There is no sure-fire way to delay cognitive loss. However, there are some things you can do mentally as well to help prepare. There are some strategies you can use early on so that if cognitive loss progresses, these habits are already in place.
- Keep a calendar that you refer to daily
- Keep important items in the same place
- Start a memory journal
- Develop functional routines
- Solve crossword puzzles, sudoku and other brain teasers
Combining the physical and mental activity, as well as social involvement is much more effective in combating the loss of cognitive processes than doing any one thing by itself.
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