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Keep your brain happy!

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Alright, so now that we’ve figured out some things to help our brain’s health and memory functions, it’s important that our brain stays happy as well!

While reading and playing games can make some people happy on their own, most people enjoy socializing. In fact, some of the articles that I quoted yesterday actually has medical proof that socialization helps brain function.

Bardutz emphasizes the social aspect of life, saying that “In order to keep the brain functioning and fit and healthy, there has to be a socialization part. And it has to be fun.” Sounds like a great excuse to go out to lunch or do crafts with friends and family, doesn’t it?

Bardutz is actually the instructor for a Brain Fitness and Enrichment class at the University of Regina, and her students are all between 50 and 90 years old. She teaches them all to engage in a large variety of brain stimulating activities, but also makes it a point to have her students interact socially with one another.

Dr. Kathy Johnson of Home Care Assistance had a blog post a little over a month ago here that discussed the risk factors for depression in seniors, and it seems to me that socialization is certainly relevant! Living alone / being in social isolation is one of the major causes of senior depression, so to keep your brain happy, make sure you keep company. It can be family, friends, neighbors, or even a caregiver.

Don’t have the time or ability to spend too much time with others? Nothing beats one-on-one contact, but apparently seniors are beginning to use online dating and social networking sites in large numbers! I’ll be sure to have a post on that later, with some great links for everyone.

Stay happy and healthy, talk to you next week!

Brenna

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