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Expand Your Horizons When You Age – May 28,2014

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When’s the last time you tried something new? Has it been a long time since you’ve taken a class, cooked a new dish for dinner or tried an activity? If you’re having trouble remembering the last time you ventured into the unknown, it’s time to change that.
While many people know that exercising is a great way to keep your body young as you age, it’s just as important to work out your brain as you get older. At Capital City Nurses, we know that keeping your mind sharp is one of the easiest ways to age well.
“Thoughts of aging gracefully have been replaced by efforts to age successfully,” writes the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. To get proper mental stimulation, the foundation recommends that aging Americans work puzzles, take classes and read as much as possible. These activities can help keep aging minds sharp and may help prevent some deficits from forming.
The National Institute of Aging has investigated the effects of cognitive training on adults with The Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study. Doctors worked with subjects 55 and over, in three categories: The memory group, the reasoning group and the speed-of-processing group, teaching strategies for strengthening their minds. If these key areas of the mind are worked out on a daily basis, retain the cognitive function better than those who don’t and maintain their independence more easily.
“This large trial found that community-dwelling seniors who received cognitive training had less of a decline in certain thinking skills than their peers who did not have training,” says NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes.
If you find yourself interested in community living, as a way to keep your mental acuity high or simply as a way to enjoy aging with your contemporaries, consider visiting The Cottage at Curry Manor. A refined residential living space in Bethesda, Cottage at Curry Manor helps seniors preserve their dignity while helping them live an independent life of luxury. The Manor prioritizes mental and physical enrichment for all its residents. You can tend the flower, herb and vegetable garden; learn how to get better growing results at horticultural classes; take a turn on the stage in our music, dance and drama workshops; or find a new way to prepare an old culinary favorite at cooking classes (which utilize fresh ingredients from the garden).