Keeping mentally active with games and puzzles can stimulate and improve brain function in aging individuals. The idea that you need to 'use it or lose it' is an important shift from previously held beliefs that as we age our brain necessarily diminishes in agility, function and memory. Proper nutrition, social interaction and intellectually challenging activities can all keep the brain sharp.
Since writing about my dementia dilemma, I have given considerable thought to the current process of exercising my mind. Because my communication skills are still good, I decided to go out of my comfort zone and exercise my mind in a new way: I will stretch it as I try my hand at writing poetry. (Note: Poetry has been an avenue…