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Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy
By Vanessa Orr

At LIFE Pittsburgh, we help our participants lead a better quality of life, in part, through engaging, fun activities, and socialization that helps keep their minds active and healthy. If you're interested in maintaining or improving your brain health, experts agree the following tips can help keep your mind sharp as you age.

Be a life-long learner
Attending lectures, participating in book groups, and educational trips to museums or the theater provide opportunities to learn new ideas and information. Learning new ideas sparks parts of the brain infrequently used and as a result provides extra stimulation to the mind.

Play board games with friends
Board games like checkers and chess are a terrific way to keep your brain fit by using cognitive skills like problem-solving, and pattern recognition. Another benefit of board games is that it includes spending time with friends and family. In fact, one Harvard study found that seniors who had good relationships with friends and family had the lowest risk of dementia.

Work on a puzzle
Crosswords or Sudoku? It doesn't matter; puzzles are good for the brain. According to the Alzheimer's Association, doing puzzles daily keeps the mind active and sharp, especially as you age. The Wall Street Journal reported, "Puzzles boost verbal skills, cut dementia risk."

LIFE Pittsburgh is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, focused on helping seniors remain healthy and living independently at home. To learn how Pittsburgh LIFE can improve your quality life, call 412-388-8050 TTY:711 or visit LIFEPittsburgh.org.

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