Retirement doesn't mean an indefinite vacation from critical thinking and learning. Stay sharp with these tips.
The idea of retirement sounds like an escape from everything related to working life. However, a portion of your retirement goals should be to remain active and healthy. September is Healthy Aging Month, drawing focus to staying happy and active, especially when it comes to matters of the mind.
Keep your mind young and fresh with these recommendations.
1. Stay active
While retirement gets you out of the workforce, don't let it prevent you from socializing. Visit with family, call up friends and make plans to get out.
Being physically active does more than build muscle and trim your waistline. Studies have linked exercise to increased production of brain cells, improved mental focus and combating depression.
3. Play games
Challenge your brain with different games and activities. Participate in your local bridge club, complete the newspaper's crossword puzzle or play trivia games at the senior center.
4. Eat well
Feeding your body also means feeding your brain. Maintain a balanced diet. Be sure to put fish on the menu. Research shows that people who eat fish at least once a week have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease due to the benefits of omega-3 fatty acid found in fish.
5. Ask for help
It's hard to do the fore mentioned tips if you are suffering from depression. If you are feeling hopeless and not engaging in life's activities, call your doctor for referral for counseling.
While you are keeping your mind in good shape, don't forget about your overall health. Stay healthy with regular screenings and routine check-ups. Call our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-445-3392 to schedule an appointment or to have your health questions answered.