31 January 2017
Maintaining Brain Fitness – Written By Wendy Hughes, Interchange Australia Consultant
We all have those moments of forgetting where we put the car keys, or what the person’s name we spoke to in the supermarket was…it can be frustrating and, if we are being honest, we tend to spiral into drama mode imagining we are hurtling full throttle into short term memory loss.
Rest assured, many things may contribute to memory loss and most of the time these are associated with our lifestyle. Stress, poor diet, lack of stimulation and physical inactivity can affect the brain’s ability to function. We are continually told that good physical health is closely related to better mental health. If in generally good health no matter what our age, long-lasting functional changes in the brain occur when we challenge our mind. These changes, neuroplasticity, create new neural connections and improve our memory.
According to a recent article, researchers at Stanford University (the world renowned research university in California, USA) confirmed that memory loss can be improved by 30 – 50 per cent by doing mental exercises. Also, some new research, pioneered by Dr.Gary Small, reports “ you can improve your memory in just two weeks — with a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, combined with exercise, stress reduction, and a 15-minute-a-day program of memory aerobics.”
Interchange Australia is able to offer some wonderful ways to keep the brain fit. We have a good stock in our library of memory and mind games suitable for all ages; we offer varied music programs such as singing and guitar classes, band/performance class and ensemble and a music therapy based program. Our Creative Creations Art Program is also a very popular program and our social support programs that we offer assist people to engage in the local community and take up new hobbies such as woodwork or sewing; dancing or walking; or engaging the brain by playing games such as chess, scrabble or cards.
Interchange Australia offers plenty of activities and programs to challenge and stimulate your brain, so let’s work together on keeping our brains fit.
For more information, please contact us on 1300 112 334.