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19 August 2011

Brain workouts keep dementia at bay

Your body needs exercise, and so does your mind. Much like the body, the mind can also be kept fit and healthy well into old age.

Your body needs exercise, and so does your mind. Much like the body, the mind can also be kept fit and healthy well into old age.

  • Playing games that get your brain working, such as trivia games, Sudoku, chess or bridge.
  • Doing crossword puzzles.
  • Reading intellectually stimulating books.
  • Trying to read them upside down.
  • Getting creative and starting a new hobby, or writing poetry.
  • And to really get that grey matter working, try and write with your non-dominant hand for 30 minutes at a stretch.

If you think you're getting forgetful, try the following tips to kick-start your memory:

  • Really pay attention to things you want to remember. Concentrating on a particular thought will help you to memorise it.
  • Repetition helps stamp things into your mind – so say it again and again and again.
  • Writing things down also reinforces memory.
  • Keep a calendar of important appointments or events and check it regularly.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids – found in fatty fish (such as salmon and herring), walnuts, and flaxseeds.
  • Carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index (GI), such as whole grains and vegetables.
  • Antioxidants, which are natural chemicals found in a wide variety of plants.

 
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