7. Challenge your mind
Stimulating mental activities, such as learning a foreign language, reading a challenging book, playing bridge or attending a lecture may keep you mentally alert as you age, says Angela Troyer, a psychologist specializing in aging and memory. “People who do more of these things in older adulthood tend to develop dementia at a lower rate.”
Studies indicate that the more time you spend in school, the better able you will be to keep dementia at bay. Ultimately, learning is the most fundamental brain workout—and the more you do it, the more you’ll benefit. Whether it’s a crossword puzzle or a game of Sudoku, doing challenging puzzles is a way of activating the brain—and a surefire way to help keep it sharp.