Cognition - what I do to prevent decline

Cognition - what I do to prevent decline

Cognitive brain health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, especially as we age. If you are over the age of thirty, like I am, you may have experienced it already. Brain fog, poor memory, confusion, and a lack of agility Your brain does not feel like it did at ten. So what do I do? I engage in as many diverse types of activities as possible.

My son and I play chess. He is really good and challenges me regularly. Engaging in activities that challenge the mind can help enhance cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. Chess requires players to think several moves ahead, challenging their planning and foresight abilities. Chess stimulates the brain's problem-solving faculties and enhances memory and concentration.

I play sudoku online. Sudoko is a number puzzle game that is excellent for boosting logical thinking and pattern recognition. Regularly solving Sudoku puzzles can help improve memory and stimulate the brain's analytical skills.

Since I write regularly, I love word games. Crossword puzzles and Scrabble, for example. Crossword puzzles and Scrabble challenge verbal language and memory. They also enhance vocabulary and general knowledge, making them a comprehensive cognitive workout.

I have spoken in the past about brain-training apps. Modern technology offers a plethora of apps designed to boost cognitive functions. Apps like Lumosity, Peak, and Elevate provide a range of games that target different areas of the brain, from memory to mathematical skills.

I wish I had more time to play strategy games. Games like Settlers of Catan, Risk, and Ticket to Ride require players to plan, negotiate, and strategize. These games stimulate critical thinking and can improve social interaction skills. I do play occasionally, especially when my son drags me into it.

Finally, I exercise. Not just strength-training but also non-standard exercises. Even something as basic as standing on one leg challenges your brain. Tapping in a non-standard rhythm, trying to regulate or control, say, your middle toe, requires your brain to rewire itself. People may laugh, but hey, it's your brain after all.