Keep Your Brain Active

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This week is Active Aging Week, a week dedicated to encouraging older Americans to remain active.  However, activity is not limited to physical activity.  As we get older, it is important to stay mentally active as well.  Studies show that practicing brain-boosting activities can help to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.  Here are some ideas of activities to do this week and keep your mind active!  Learn a new language or musical instrument, do puzzles, brain teasers, or strategy games, and practice memorization: maybe the 50 state capitals or the US presidents.

Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Service, Inc.

Sniff Rosemary

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Yes, you read that right.  Several new studies have found that the scent of rosemary stimulates the brain and can possibly boost mental speed and accuracy.  And, of course it’s a good spice to use in the kitchen as well!

Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.

Spring Cleaning

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IT’S SPRING CLEANING: Give yourself time to clean out your mind as well as your house!  Take a few minutes each day to rest/reflect on your life.  Being grateful for everything, both the good and the bad, can change your perspective, relieve stress, and improve mental health.

Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.