You may have noticed a few more gray hairs or wrinkles lately – that’s a fact of life of aging. The same goes with your brain. Age-related cognitive decline is a thing, but similar to how we can do things to look younger, there are activities that can keep our brain more youthful too.
The best part is that while you’re stimulating your brain, you can have fun and enjoy the company of others at the same time. From playing video games to getting together with friends for socializing, here are some of the best things to keep the years off your mind…
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Aging sometimes means you lose contact with long-time friends, or your family moves away and doesn’t see you as often. However, this can be a problem because loneliness and isolation increase the risk of dementia and other serious health problems including a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There are many ways aging adults can be social while learning a new skill. It could be through signing up for a fun class or joining a group (like a book club, for example), notes Greater Good Magazine. Volunteer work is also ideal, and has been shown to extend life expectancy. Even if you find yourself indoors often for any reason, you can still stay in touch by phoning friends, it adds.