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Occasional memory lapses are normal. However, when the occasional forgetfulness becomes a recurring event, your cognitive ability is showing signs of deterioration. Therefore, you should engage in activities that challenge the mind to be creative and to solve problems to stay mentally sharp in old age.
Intellectual wellness is acquiring knowledge and skills such as learning new things through formal training or through taking up a hobby. In doing so, one's knowledge is expanded and one's ability to be creative and think rationally is improved.
According to scientists, our brains are continuously making new neurons throughout our lives which help prevent loss of power to think properly, to learn and to memorise effectively, and a proven approach to keeping the mind alert and active is to engage in creative pursuits and intellectually stimulating activities.
Republished with permission from Council of Third Age.
Tags: Elderly Care /Health Matters
Set up in May 2007, C3A is an agency that promotes active ageing in Singapore through public education, outreach and partnerships. The Council aims to create a vibrant pro-age Singapore where seniors can participate as integral members according to their interests and abilities.
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