Learn something new
Brain games such as puzzles and crosswords can improve working
memory. You can challenge your mind and strengthen functions such
as reasoning and problem-solving by learning new skills. Studies
show that learning a new language or to play a musical instrument
can slow cognitive aging. Think about heading back to school and
taking that class you always wanted to try. Many Alberta colleges and
universities waive or reduce tuition fees for older adults.
Giving back makes you happier. It keeps you tuned into your community
and offers a sense of purpose. Helping others is particularly beneficial
for older adults, because it encourages activity and creates new social
connections. Volunteering can also help you stay sharp by putting your
skills to work. To read more about the benefits of giving, see Get the
Giver’s Glow in Apple’s Fall 2015 issue at applemag.ca.
Make a budget
Understanding the basics of
managing your finances is an
important part of income security.
Making a budget helps you
balance your day-to-day finances
and save for things such as a
home, your kids’ education or
a vacation. If you’re savvy with
numbers, consider volunteering
to teach others how they can take
care of their finances.