Seeking out brain-stimulating activities is a powerful way for a person to positively influence their brain health as they age.
But researchers point out one important bottom line when it comes to enhancing the way people think and process information: There is no miracle cure to guarantee brain health.
People can help themselves maintain their memory, reasoning skills and ability to focus by engaging in such brain-stimulating activities as learning a new language, building new personal relationships, volunteering in the community, taking a class or choosing a new hobby.
Physical exercise also has been shown to improve brain health in adults. Researchers suggest activities such as dancing or tennis, both of which marry mental engagement with physical exertion.
People are also encouraged to find a friend to join them in these activities and to choose options that are easily accessible and convenient to their schedules.
What all of these activities should have in common, researchers say, is that they are novel, highly engaging, mentally challenging and fun. No matter what the age, researchers say, people can learn new things.
AARP is offering a new monthly educational series – Learn A Latte — to keep your brain stimulated. Each month AARP features an expert speaker to talk on various topics.
Learn-A-Latte is held the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10 – 11:30am at Schuler Books, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. Register using the links below or call 1-877-926-8300.
Here is an upcoming list of the topics:
Topic: Common Scams and How to Avoid Them
- Wednesday, February 20 @ 10 – 11:30am
- RSVP: https://aarp.cvent.com/LatteGRFeb19
Topic: The Ins & Outs of Traveling Today’s World
- March 20 @ 10 – 11:30am
- RSVP: https://aarp.cvent.com/LatteGRMar19
Topic: Getting Your Affairs in Order
- Wednesday, April 17 @ 10 – 11:30am
- RSVP: https://aarp.cvent.com/LatteGRApril19
Topic: Keep Your Brain Functioning at Peak Efficiency
- Wednesday, May 15 @ 10 – 11:30am
- RSVP: https://aarp.cvent.com/LatteGRMay19
Be sure to check aarp.org/grandrapids to find the rest of the topics for 2019.