Staying active is the best thing you can do for your brain. In the United States much of our active life is tied to our work environment and when we retire we tend to slow down our activities. Not having to be on a rigid work schedule we are no longer required to rise and shine to start that grueling daily routine. We can now bask in the glow of all we have accomplished from having a successful career and feel that we owe it to ourselves to take it easy.
However, not only did work provide us with the opportunity to utilize our sharpened mental skills but also provided us with was an opportunity for daily social interaction. Once we leave the work environment we need to be sure that we replace that stimulation to keep our mental skills honed and in peak working condition. Just like having a health plan or financial plan, we need to also have a mental plan. Some activities that we can engage in to build our cognitive reserve is joining a social group that meets on a regular basis, or catch up on all that reading we put aside because we were either too busy or too tired to read at the end of the work day. Why not take a class at a college, learn a new language, volunteer as a tour guide at the art museum or history museum or learn a new hobby? Any of these activities can ensure a happy, healthy mind and body. For more advice on maintaining good brain health contact the professionals at WNY Medical, PC located at 4979 Harlem Rd., Amherst by calling 923-4380.