Is cognitive decline an inevitable reality of aging?
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
– Betty Friedan
A foggy memory or a brief pause in recalling information might be all too familiar to some of us. And while these moments can often be attributed to the natural progression of aging, the good news is they don’t have to be a permanent fixture as we age.
The age-old saying, “use it or lose it,” is not just a motivation for physical fitness. A study from the European Journal of Epidemiology suggests that this principle applies strongly to our cognitive health where “a lack of mentally challenging activities might exacerbate the loss of cognitive function”.
Retirement often symbolizes a time for relaxation and slowing down. But while the temptation to adopt a laid-back approach is high, it might not be the best choice for our brains.
Engaging in a sedentary lifestyle devoid of mental challenges can accelerate cognitive decline.
Yet, the silver lining is that our brains aren’t as rigid as once believed. Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, our brains can adapt, change, and grow, irrespective of age.
It’s never too late to foster our cognitive well-being.
So, how can we ensure our minds remain sprightly in retirement?
✤Never Stop Learning
Whether it’s picking up a new hobby, enrolling in an online course, or simply diving into a challenging book, keeping the brain engaged is key.
✤Stay Socially Active
Socializing is not just good for the soul; it’s fantastic for the brain. Meeting new people or engaging in group activities can open up avenues for stimulating conversations and new learning experiences.
✤Eat Right and Stay Active
A balanced diet combined with regular physical activity is a recipe for overall health, which indirectly contributes to cognitive well-being.
Retirement doesn’t mean we retire our brains. Instead, it’s a new chapter where we have the time and resources to enrich our minds more than ever before.
By proactively taking charge of our cognitive health, we can enjoy our retirement years with clarity, curiosity, and zest.
We invite you to come and spend a day with us and explore the rich variety of activities, programmes and amenities that make our communities so vibrant.
From creative workshops and trivia sessions to painting alongside your family in the Art Studio or clapping along with the United Singers.
These are meant to be some of the best years of our lives! And we are committed to facilitating that experience for our residents.
United Active Living is a privately-owned older adult retirement living community in Calgary, Alberta. We have three beautiful residences and offer retirement living lifestyles ranging from Independent Living to Assisted Living to Memory Care.
If you’re interested in learning more about United’s unique approach to aging, request a brochure or contact us for more information.
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Living with dementia does not mean you have to stop being who you are. United Minds is an innovative program you won’t find anywhere else designed to provide a safe, nurturing environment where seniors with dementia and other cognition challenges can enjoy a positive life experience. Learn more…