Living Life: April 25, 2019

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5 WAYS

TO BOOST

BRAIN

POWER

AND

MEMORY

2

LIVING

LIFE

EDUCATION

1BOOST BRAIN POWER BY HAVING FUN. Memory

exercises don’t have to be boring! Especially, games and

memory exercises that call for evaluating and involve

challenge. Games can be an important form of cognitive

training. Card games or board games like chess or checkers

can boost brain power by stimulating higher brain functions.

Playing games with others provides valuable social interaction

which also stimulates memory and brain function. All kinds of

puzzles, including picture puzzles, crosswords, and word puzzles,

can boost brain power and combat memory loss.

2BOOST BRAIN POWER BY SOCIAL

INTERACTION. Social interaction is a great way

to boost brain power and use your memory. Relating

stories and learning from others causes us to remember

and ask questions. These constant memory exercises stimulate

brain functions. Interaction with younger people is always a

stimulating exercise. Involving grandchildren in regular social

interaction with grandparents is a great way to pass on the

wisdom of an older generation. Social interaction outside the

home is highly recommended.

2015 NZ Disability

Information Centre

of the Year

Support and Resources for Independent Living

walkers to

purchase

(FroM $230)

or hire

$20

per week

Can we help you or someone you support?

Disability Information Service – a ‘one stop

information service’ which offers unbiased

advice to assist people navigate their way to

organisations or services that can provide them

with support or advice.

Aspire Canterbury Shop – shop online or call in

to our shop at 314 Worcester Street and view our

range of easier living products We also hire out

wheelchairs, ramps and walkers.

Total Mobility Discounted Taxi Service – a scheme

which provides 50% discounts on taxi journeys to

eligible people in the Christchurch area who, due

to health conditions, are unable to access public

transport. Contact us for more information on

03 366 9093 or visit our website.

Mobile Service – Fun interactive

presentations of our information,

services and easier living equipment.

We come to you!

Call Kylie Taylor on 022 676 5851 or email

mobileservices@aspirecanterbury.org.nz

3BOOST BRAIN POWER BY JOURNALING.Start your day by writing in a

journal. Journals are great memory exercises that stimulate thinking and brain

function. People have a wealth of history and experiences to share that can be

recorded from their memory. Those with trouble writing can speak and record

their journal entries. The diary or journal should also record daily interactions and

plans for the future. Not only does this challenge the memory, but it stretches forward

thinking and planning skills. Both are necessary factors to boost brain power and

combat memory loss.

4BOOST BRAIN POWER WITH NUTRITION. Proper nutrition is

important, particularly a diet strong in antioxidants. Fresh fruits and vegetables

help provide what other parts of the body or system may now be denying to the

brain.

5BOOST BRAIN POWER WITH EXERCISE. Physical exercise and

movement are vital to the functioning of the older adult brain. Even daily

walking is very beneficial. For those who have challenges with walking,

stationary exercises can provide the needed workout to boost brain power and

memory. Some sort of regular exercise produces aerobic benefits to the brain as well as

the lungs, heart, and general physical condition. A physically exercised brain showed

increases of mitochondrial development, meaning brain cells become revitalized. This

translates to sharpened thinking and reduced mental fatigue. Senior adults can engage

in these and other pursuits to boost brain power and memory. Doing so maintains a

higher quality of life and independence, as well as builds confidence and self-esteem.

Aspire Canterbury is a not-for-profit organisation

providing services to the community since 1981

Physical Address:

314 Worcester Street

Linwood Christchurch

Postal Address:

PO Box 32074

Christchurch 8147

Ph: 03 366 6189

Freephone: 0800 347 242

Ph: (Total Mobility) 03 366 9093

E: admin@aspirecanterbury.org.nz

W: www.aspirecanterbury.org.nz

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EDITORIAL Jenafor Rollins

DESIGN Denise Crawford

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