Swimming and aquacize (a water
aerobics workout) are gentle aerobics
for any age. Most swimming pools offer
times for lane swimming and aquacize
classes for adults, which are low-impact,
gentle on joints and great for people with
Focusing on the brain
“Learning anything new, and learning for the
sake of learning is crucial for brain health,”
says Genesh. And it’s never too late to start
learning. Continuous learning helps stimulate
our brain. “Ideally, activities that include
variety, novelty and challenge are the best.”
She recommends brain games.
Do a variety of puzzles and brain-stimulating
games such as chess or Scrabble®.
“If you are good at word games, do numbers
and vice versa to keep it challenging,”
Learn a language or play a musical
instrument; if that is too much, learn the
lyrics of a new song.
“In all of these activities you are
developing new connections in your
brain,” Genesh says.
Switch it up
If you are right-handed, do simple activities
with your left hand and vice versa—start with
brushing your teeth with your weaker hand.
You will improve with practice because you
are creating new connections in the brain.
“People who are isolated have double
the risk of dementia and depression,”
See Get By With a Little Help From Your
Friends on page 18.
Read. Talk. Repeat.
Join Toastmasters or a book club.
Reading and discussing, or preparing
speeches and delivering talks helps
stimulate the brain and prevent