The first time I put my keys in the fridge, I thought I was just busy and forgetful. But, when, later that day, I lost my phone in a bag of vegetables, I really started to worry. Convinced that I had allowed my brain to fall into lazy patterns, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Since my son has a passion for technology and learning (he speaks 6 languages), I turned to him for advice. He suggested that I try Lumosity.com, an online service that provides fun brain games that are specially designed to get your neurons pumping (i.e. make your brain work better).
In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I had the unique opportunity to speak with Dr. Indre Viskontas, a neuroscientist (and opera singer) who shares her insights on how to keep the brain healthy after 60 in four different ways – nutrition, stress management, mental stimulation and exercise. Her observations are both inspirational and practical.
I saw a poster once that said “don’t fear getting older, fear getting boring”. One of our biggest fears as we age is that we will lose our ability to think in new and creative ways and lose our mental sharpness. The good news is that, contrary to popular belief, it is not a given that your brain degenerates as you age.