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Learning a New Task is a Great Way to Improve Brain Health and Reduce Alzheimer's

- Friday, February 18, 2011

Exercising and reducing stress are both very important to keep your brain functioning at its peak. A healthy brain not only helps improve memory, mental clarity and countless other cognitive tasks essential for better health and well-being, it may also reduce the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Since the nerve cells in our brains degrade as we age, there’s no better time than now to keep your brain active, so that it functions well for years to come. One of the most important things you can do to improve your brain health is learning something new.

Learn something new that you’re not familiar with is a very important task to keep up with throughout your life. Brain games, which are generally good for “exercising” your brain are important to learn and play as well, such as crosswords. But, there are many other things that can increase brain activity, such as learning how to play a new instrument or sport, picking up a new hobby, or learning a new language. The important thing is that it needs to be something unfamiliar. If you already play hearts try playing solitaire, or learn an entirely new game to master. Instrument learning is one of the best ways to train your brain, as it works your brain as lot more. By performing diverse tasks, you’re working out different parts of your brain. Contact us today to learn more about activities our assisted living communities have to offer or learn about Alzheimer's.