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As we age, our cognitive skills may decline, but activities that stimulate the brain become as important to maintaining mental agility as physical activity is to maintaining strength and flexibility. If your loved one is showing signs of memory loss or has been diagnosed with dementia, be sure to find intellectual activities with challenges he or she can manage. Here are some ways to build mental muscle:
Remember that physical and artistic activities are also important to keeping the mind sharp. Painting and drawing, or even listening to music, provide intellectual stimulation. Activities like cleaning the house, gardening, and walking the dog are physical enough to help build blood vessels that bring oxygen to the brain and other parts of the body.
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