Memory Workouts for Senior Citizen Health

Apr 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Memory Workouts are a relatively new phenomenon for senior citizens.  Well, perhaps we should qualify that.  The new Memory Workout industry has recently appeared on the Internet.  Some seniors just naturally exercise their memory, in the normal course of daily living.  Some elderly challenge their brains because that is their lifestyle.

So why market Memory Workouts now?  Research is piling up everywhere that documents the value of exercising the brain as we age.  Studies have shown that losing memory in the senior years is not necessarily inevitable; in fact, the opposite has been demonstrated in some research.  The most famous study suggests lower linguistic ability in elders is correlated with greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s.  Conversely, higher linguistic ability in seniors carries less risk of cognitive impairment. 

What should senior citizens do to give their brains a workout?  That will depend upon what kind of activity is appealing to the individual.  Many seniors love to engage in the solitary activity of Sudoku or a 1000 piece jig-saw puzzle.  However, for others, that would be punishment.  But for the individuals who enjoy being alone, such activity stimulates the brain and facilitates good memory.

Senior Citizen Centers frequently advertise their clubs:  bridge, book reviews, Mah Jong or card games of any kind.  The inherent social nature of the activity contributes to senior health, and the activity itself contributes to brain stimulation that facilitates better memory functioning.  That’s a win-win for those who enjoy social activity! 

Travel to new places, whether a day trip or a holiday, can be highly enjoyable for elders.  Such travel that introduces new ideas, new information and new interaction with the environment can prove to facilitate cognitive functioning that holds off memory loss.

It is true that we cannot deny biology.  At this point in history, Alzheimer’s has no cure and no vaccine to prevent its process.  However, if some research shows that regular cognitive workouts keep the brain functioning better, it just makes sense to give your brain regular and active memory training that you enjoy.



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