Old age doesn’t have to be defined by forgetfulness and difficulty
acquiring new skills if you keep your brain fit with mind-training
Researchers found the reason why old people easily forget things
is because they memorize too many unimportant things. Experts claim
that when muscles aren’t exercised, they become stunted; therefore
keeping mentally fit throughout our lives increases the chances
of staying mentally fit during old age.
Experts believe the degeneration process begins at the age of 40,
but people begin to notice once they retire, a slowing down due
to the lack of using concentration and memory skills.
Research has shown that memory can be activated with simple exercises
such as searching for famous people whose first names begin with
the letter A. Other research has shown instances of older people
remembering better with sound, rhyme and picture associations.
It has been discovered that old people learn by repeating material
frequently and excel if the material is well structured in a quiet
environment. Also, breaks in daily routines with the course of taking
on a new hobby have shown to be beneficial in keeping the brain
Online March 18, 2004