In previous editions of the CC (let’s see if we can make that stick), we’ve talked about the importance of keeping our bodies in shape. But exercising your mind is just as important as training any other muscle – and can be the key to leading an active, healthy lifestyle.

As we age, tending to our cognitive health becomes crucial. For me, that means reading – it keeps the mind active through processing information, visualizing content, and making decisions based off the information that’s provided.

Additional ideas for improving cognitive health are:

  • Try a new activity. Learning a new language is a fantastic challenge that really exercises the brain. Alternatively, diving into a new electronic game that requires strategy, visualization, and planning can provide a mental workout.
  • Eat brain-boosting foods. Incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your daily diet. Opt for low-fat options and be mindful of sugar intake.
  • Exercise. Physical activity not only benefits the body but also the mind. Increased blood flow from exercise is excellent for brain function.
  • Reading. This is my personal favorite. Don’t limit yourself to one type of reading; variety is beneficial for the brain. Dedicate a set time each day to reading news, books, or magazine articles to maintain this habit.
  • Sleep. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep each night to prevent your brain from becoming sluggish and forgetful.
  • Meditation. Spend ten to fifteen minutes daily quieting your mind and focusing solely on your breath, without letting thoughts intrude.

Remember – laughter, music, and finding joy in each day are essential.

Warm regards,

Rhonda Dempsey
Chief Nursing Officer