The Senior State by Scott Brigley
It’s a real concern - best described as genuine worry for some. Just the suggestion of diminished thought and lessoned brain activity can be truly distressing.
This, of course, could produce anxiety at any age - but for anyone over the age of 50, it can introduce tangible apprehension.
Since aging is a fact of life, it only makes rational sense to assume brain inactivity can hasten that process. So, like most of us looking for life’s answers – we frequently turn to the Internet (do so at your own peril!)
Stay Smart and Get Smarter; Six Signs of Alzheimers; Train Your Brain and Improve Your Memory; Supplements and Brainpower… and the many websites stream onward.
Obviously, there exists a huge market for advice and product support in the promotion of staving off lethargic brain idleness. Research has found that keeping the brain active helps build cognitive reserves. In other words, just like your body, you can “use it or lose it!”
Yes, attention of exercise, diet and importance of sleep, even the value of laughter are all contributing factors in maintaining concentration levels and other needed resources. You must admit that abundant Internet information under this category, while helpful, is still daunting.
OK, I’m not a bridge player and, at the moment, it’s not appealing to learn a foreign language or take up a musical instrument. I’m also not into another swallow with a brain-promoting pill or further purchase of body exercise equipment. But, I do like trivia. It’s been suggested watching TV shows, such as Jeopardy, just may assist, to some questionable degree, in keeping the brain up to scratch. Again, as a major trivia source delivering facts (sometimes questionable), the Internet shines.
For example, did you know the combined weight of all ants on this planet is about the same as the combined weight of all humans? Or that it takes our brain 80 milliseconds’ to process information – which actually proves we are all living on the sliver edge of the past.
Also, you may be surprised to learn every human is born with the ability to wiggle their ears. Apparently, if you don’t discover this at an early age, that specific muscle atrophies.
Now, can all this wide and overly extensive assortment of information assist in keeping our brain alert? Well, it can hurt. And the activity now involved with getting my ears to once again wiggle surely must promote some kind of mental activity that may prove beneficial.
Scott Brigley is a Kings County senior who enjoys staying brain fit by writing.