Keeping Your Brain Healthy in Your Golden Years

The brain is the most important organ in your body, with its job to control all bodily functions as well as organs, we must maintain its health. Brain health is crucial for our ability to think, act and live well says Dr. Jane Gillbert.

The best way to keep your mind healthy and young is to in fact use it!

Grandpa and grandson playing chess together


Research has shown that jigsaw puzzles (the same ones you played with as a kid) exercise both sides of your brain. It is important to learn the roles of each side of the brain and how they work your body. The left hemisphere of your brain is responsible for anything the right side of the body does as well as academic and logical thought. On the other side of the brain, the right hemisphere is responsible for controlling the left side of your body and any artistic and creative thought.


I talked about exercising your brain with puzzles, now I am talking about exercising your body with some physical activity! Research shows that exercising for 20 minutes promotes information processing and memory functions in your brain. Get that blood pumping, to fuel your brain with more oxygen.


Another way to keep your mind sharp is to make sure you get plenty of shut eye. It is recommended to get 7-9 hours of sleep to let your brain rest. Experts says that your brain resets itself during sleep, getting rid of bad toxins that accumulate over time.


Eating well is good for your overall well being and this includes keeping your brain healthy! Ever heard of the saying “you are what you eat”? Well that pertains here, what you feed your body has great effects on how your body will treat you in return. Eating high quality foods that contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes and fuels our brain.

Remember to cut bad habits, eat a balanced diet, engage in physical activity and stay social to maintain your brain health. Your golden years should be long and healthy, so do your body a favor and take care of it!

Live Well. Age Well.

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