Staying mentally sharp at any age? It's possible!
Give your child a headstart on their journey to lifelong learning. We invite you to attend "Learning From the Inside Out" with BrainRx Philippines co-founder Mel Sua, who will discuss about cognitive skills and the role of neuroplasticity in making learning better, easier and faster.
See you on Saturday, 16th of October at 10:30AM 👋
Learning is Lifelong!
You may be familiar with the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks", or hear adults claim "I'm too old for this" when challenged to learn something new.
Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to restructure or rewire itself when it recognizes the need for adaption. In other words, development and change continues to be possible throughout life.
But this does not mean we can effortlessly stay sharp as we age. Neuroplasticity is heavily dependent on stimulation to keep its potential high throughout life. Studies show that seniors who remain cognitively stimulated are 30-50% less likely to develop memory issues. Here are some examples:
Learn a new language
Studying languages has been proven to strengthen brain structures associated with memory, attention, motor skills, and communication between brain cells. Setting aside just 10-15 minutes a day for this can be greatly beneficial. If you do not have access to a teacher, you can pick up some books or try out mobile apps like Duolingo.
Pick up a musical instrument
Music is capable of improving mood, concentration, focus, and the ability to learn and retain new information. It has been found to slow down cognitive decline in adults. The ukulele, recorder, harmonica, keyboard, or guitar are great and inexpensive beginner options. Enroll in some lessons or open up a YouTube tutorial to kickstart your journey.
Try out video games
In moderation, video games comes with a ton of cognitive benefits. It may lead to improvements in motor coordination, visual recognition, spatial navigation, reaction time, decision making, and resilience. Different games come with different benefits - explore puzzle games, 3D adventure games, or dance/exercise video games.
We recommend these articles on keeping sharp while aging and rewiring the brain for further reading on neuroplasticity. Enjoy!
Those of us at BrainRx are strong advocates of lifelong learning and believe anyone can stand to benefit from cognitive stimulation. We offer our research-backed brain training programs to children ages 7 and up, adults, and seniors. Whether you are facing challenges with school or work, concerns with memory and attention, or are just looking for a skills boost, we can help.
Sources: https://www.welbi.co/blog/5-ways-to-keep-your-mind-sharp https://www.healthline.com/health/rewiring-your-brain School vector created by pch.vector - www.freepik.com Kids vector created by vectorjuice - www.freepik.com Music vector created by stories - www.freepik.com Game vector created by vectorjuice - www.freepik.com
Do you experience these?
... Struggling more compared to before to concentrate during important meetings, work or studies?
... Starting to forget little things like where you left your wallet or keys?
... Feeling like you need something more to stay sharp?
If these have been weighing in your mind especially as the pandemic goes on, you are not alone. Staying at home for our safety may be affecting access to the ways we kept our brains stimulated.
If you are looking for ways to fill the gap, consider booking a Cognitive Skills Assessment with us. Better understanding of your cognitive strengths and weaknesses in learning and every day life is a first step to keeping sharp as the years go by.
"I realized that I tend to panic and get distracted when I am not able to solve the task at hand. With training sessions, I learned to deal with that, and hopefully, be able to apply it at work and in my everyday life.
Given a chance, I would recommend BrainRx not only to my friends' kids, but also to friends who want to keep learning and challenging themselves to push further and bring out their maximum capabilities."
- Joey, 40 years old