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COUNCIL ON AGING - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

HEALTHCARE

Brain Health
and Memory Fitness
n Dr. Cheryl Alvarez

Aging well requires effort. Maintaining words,
skills, and activities takes time and energy. Inevitably, changes begin to occur, and later years may
bring more episodes in which you are painfully
aware that you have again misplaced your cell
phone or glasses. These experiences are likely normal aging and not signs of disease, however, how a
person copes with getting older, and the amount of
effort we put into brain health and memory fitness
can have a big effect on how well we function.

So, to help yourself, you've been faithfully doing
your daily crossword and working the Sudoku puzzles at the "difficult" level. This is good, but the fact
is, it's not enough to do something you have already
mastered. Really exercising and challenging our
brains requires us to get out of our comfort zones
and try some new things.
Brain health, thinking skills, and memories are
best "exercised" by activities that are novel, new,
and not familiar to you. They also ask you to think
about things in different ways, such as in riddles,
word games, and visuospatial puzzles. Give yourself

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