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Maintaining the Mind: AARP’s Staying Sharp Program and Brain-Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Seniors

As we age, a brain-healthy lifestyle becomes increasingly important for overall well-being and quality of life.

Join The Kensington White Plains on July 18th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT for a virtual and informative event with AARP focused on maintaining a sharp mind and healthy brain as you age.

Rachel Lazarus, PhD, will discuss Staying Sharp, a program from AARP that offers science-based resources related to the six pillars of brain health and other aspects of cognitive aging. The pillars of brain health are based on scientific research that shows a healthy lifestyle protects the brain. Staying Sharp helps you develop meaningful and lasting brain-healthy practices.

Lindsay Chura, PhD, will introduce you to AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), a collective created by AARP to provide trusted information about how to support brain health. A governance committee of approximately a dozen experts from around the world comprises the hub, and it leads issue specialists in examining priority areas such as physical exercise, cognitively stimulating activity, mental well-being, diet, sleep, stress, social engagement, and supplements.

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AARP’s “Staying Sharp Program”

AARP’s Staying Sharp program is a comprehensive resource for seniors looking to maintain and enhance their brain health.

The program offers a variety of tools, including brain health assessments, personalized recommendations, and access to expert content on topics such as memory, focus, and mental well-being.

By participating in the Staying Sharp program, seniors can better understand their brain health and learn evidence-based strategies for improving cognitive function.

One of the key features of the Staying Sharp program is the Brain Health Challenge, a guided journey that helps participants establish brain-healthy lifestyle habits.

The challenge includes daily activities, tips, and insights to promote mental well-being and cognitive vitality.

The program offers articles, videos, and interactive content covering nutrition, exercise, sleep, and social engagement, all crucial in maintaining a healthy brain.

Benefits of a brain-healthy lifestyle

Adopting a brain-healthy lifestyle can have numerous benefits for seniors.

Seniors can maintain their mental sharpness and enjoy a higher quality of life by engaging in activities that stimulate the mind, nourish the body, and foster social connections.

Key benefits of a brain-healthy lifestyle include:

  • Enhanced memory and cognitive function: Participating in mentally engaging activities, like acquiring a new skill, tackling puzzles, or reading, can enhance memory and cognitive abilities.
  • Reduced risk of age-related mental decline: Adopting brain-healthy habits, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and quality sleep, may help reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline and dementia.
  • Improved mood and emotional well-being: Participating in enjoyable activities, maintaining social connections, and managing stress can improve mood and overall emotional well-being.
  • Increased resilience and adaptability: By challenging the brain with new experiences and perspectives, seniors can enhance their mental flexibility and resilience, allowing them to navigate life’s challenges better.
  • Greater sense of purpose and fulfillment: Engaging in meaningful activities and maintaining strong social bonds can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, leading to a more satisfying and enjoyable retirement.

Tips for incorporating brain-healthy habits

Incorporating brain-healthy habits into daily life can be simple and enjoyable.

Here are some practical tips for seniors looking to sharpen their minds and promote overall well-being.

Engage in mentally stimulating activities:

  • Learn a new skill or hobby, such as playing a musical instrument, painting, or gardening
  • Solve puzzles, crosswords, or play brain-training games
  • Read books, magazines, or newspapers that challenge your thinking
  • Attend educational classes or workshops on topics that interest you

Stay physically active:

  • Engage in regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, or yoga
  • Join a fitness class or group to stay motivated and socially connected
  • Incorporate movement into your daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator

Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet:

  • Eat a variety of brain-healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats
  • Limit processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day

Prioritize quality sleep:

  • Establish a consistent sleep schedule and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night
  • Establish a calming bedtime ritual, like reading or enjoying a warm bath.
  • Make sure your sleeping area is cozy, silent, and dimly lit.

Foster social connections:

  • Stay in touch with family and friends through regular phone calls, video chats, or in-person visits
  • Join social clubs, volunteer organizations, or religious groups to meet new people and engage in meaningful activities
  • Attend community events and gatherings to stay connected and involved

Manage stress and practice relaxation techniques:

  • Identify sources of stress in your life and develop coping strategies
  • Practice mindfulness, meditation, or deep breathing exercises
  • Engage in relaxing activities, such as listening to music, spending time in nature, or pursuing a creative hobby

Regularly challenge your brain:

  • Vary your routines and try new things to stimulate your mind
  • Engage in activities that require problem-solving or strategic thinking
  • Seek out new experiences, such as traveling to unfamiliar places or trying new cuisines

By incorporating these brain-healthy lifestyle habits into your daily life, you can take proactive steps towards maintaining a sharp mind and enjoying a happier, more fulfilling retirement.

Sharpen your mind, enrich your life: Register now for “Staying Sharp”

Our event on July 18th, celebrating AARP’s Staying Sharp program, is an excellent opportunity for seniors to learn about AARP’s valuable resources and gain insights into maintaining brain health.

However, pursuing a brain-healthy lifestyle extends far beyond a single event. By adopting the tips and strategies discussed in this article, seniors can take control of their cognitive well-being and enjoy the numerous benefits of a sharp mind.

Remember, it’s never too late to start prioritizing brain health. Whether you’re just beginning your retirement journey or looking to enhance your current lifestyle, incorporating brain-healthy habits can lead to a more fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

Take the first step today: Register for the AARP event and commit to a brain-healthy lifestyle. Your mind will thank you!

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