Doing brain exercises, puzzles, or even just learning a new skill can all help prevent memory loss and Alzheimer's. Challenging your brain to do new things forms new synapses or connections in your brain, strengthening your memory. Anything from crossword puzzles to learning a new language can help keep you focused and engaged.
As Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones sang awhile ago: "Oh no, it's only rock n' roll and I like it. I like it. Yes I do!" I like it, too. My personal special form of mental exercise or "brain aerobics" as it's called, is writing and playing music. My interest in music and my musical career actually goes back to the 7th grade…