112416_3Keeping an active mind at any age is important so this month I would like to share 5 tips from the Harvard Medical School

  1. Keep learning.
    Challenge your brain at work or pursue a new activity or hobby that will keep your mind alert.
  2. Use all your senses.
    The more senses you use in learning something, the more of your brain will be involved in retaining the memory.
  3. Believe in yourself.
    Ignore the myth that your memory automatically fails as you age. No matter what the age, we all have memory lapses. If you believe you can learn new things, you will be able to.
  4. Repeat what you know.
    When you want to remember something you’ve just heard, read or thought about, repeat it out loud or write it down. Just like when you meet someone new – repeat their name.
  5. Space it out.
    Rather than trying to learn something and cram like you did for exams, space it out. This may mean learning something and then revisiting it later – such an hour later or even a day.  This will help with learning and retention.

What do you do to keep an active mind – crosswords, educational computer games or are you learning something new. I’d love to hear so please share below.

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