Learn something new
Brain games such as puzzles and crosswords can improve workingmemory. You can challenge your mind and strengthen functions suchas reasoning and problem-solving by learning new skills. Studiesshow that learning a new language or to play a musical instrumentcan slow cognitive aging. Think about heading back to school andtaking that class you always wanted to try. Many Alberta colleges anduniversities waive or reduce tuition fees for older adults.
Giving back makes you happier. It keeps you tuned into your communityand offers a sense of purpose. Helping others is particularly beneficialfor older adults, because it encourages activity and creates new socialconnections. Volunteering can also help you stay sharp by putting yourskills to work. To read more about the benefits of giving, see Get theGiver’s Glow in Apple’s Fall 2015 issue at applemag.ca.
Make a budget
Understanding the basics ofmanaging your finances is animportant part of income security.Making a budget helps youbalance your day-to-day financesand save for things such as ahome, your kids’ education ora vacation. If you’re savvy withnumbers, consider volunteeringto teach others how they can takecare of their finances.