Improve your memory and make new friends

Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to “use it or lose it.” The more you work your brain, the better you will be able to process and remember information. The best brain exercising activities break your routine and challenge you to use and develop new brain pathways. Try changing the way you approach something; try a new route if you are walking the dog, or try changing the days on which you do things at home. Activities that require using your hands are a great way to exercise your brain. Playing a musical instrument, juggling, enjoying a game of chess, making pottery, knitting, or needlework are activities that exercise the brain by challenging hand-eye coordination, spatial-temporal reasoning, and creativity. Look in the local paper or online or phone your local council and see what activities are available within the local community. Learning a new skill such as how to use a computer can have wide reaching benefits such as helping you to manage your health, keep in touch with friends and family and order shopping online. Joining a class can improve your social interaction and help you to develop a wider support network of like-minded people.

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