Doing puzzles has been seen as an activity to keep our brains sharp – but a new study shows that puzzles might be enough.
Listening to classical music and doing crosswords is not enough for the over 60s to stay sharp and they must learn new skills, a study found.
Instead people should be doing a course to learn something new, such as digital photography or quilting, to improve their long term memories.
As a crossword puzzle addict since I was a preteen, and a jigsaw addict since I don’t know when, I will never give them up as I feel they keep me sharp. But I do understand the research. Puzzles, at least for me, are not novel….I have gotten really good at guessing what words are the answers or what pieces go where…so they aren’t really taxing my brain – but I do feel they are useful for something.
Yet I also keep learning new things – so maybe my brain is working hard from all that. I take online courses, learn new technology, and try new ways of doing old things like my photography.
For the upcoming year, I am creating online courses and will let you know about those and about courses others have created….
Here’s to our brains increasing in 2014!
A survey about retirement showed that:
Nearly one-third, or 30%, now plan to work until they are 80 or older — up from 25% a year ago, according to a Wells Fargo survey of 1,000 adults with income less than $100,000.
Overall, 70% of respondents plan to work during retirement, many of whom plan to do so because they simply won’t be able to afford to retire full time.
And … 37 percent say they’ll never retire and will work until they are too sick or die.
Planing to work until you die [or are too sick] may not be a great goal to aim for – unless you already love what you do and do not see it as work!
Many self employed people do not retire – but I think this survey used people who work for others – as that’s usually what having a job means.
For this population, working until you are too sick may not be a real option.
Will your boss keep you around if you keep missing days for illness, or are seen as “too old” or “too sick” to continue what you are doing?
And what kind of jobs will there be for those in their 80s [or older]?
If one can be found, it may be a minimum wage position and a part time one at that.
The article offers advice on planning for retirement, but that too, is not always an option in this economy.
This is why I always suggest to most everyone, that you find a home based business NOW – while you are healthy and working.
One where you are your own boss and have the potential to earn as much as you can – and maybe even QUIT your day job and enjoy what you are doing and actually have the time and money to enjoy your 80s.
I am putting together some information and will post it on another of my sites [which I am revamping.]
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This study looked at those over 80….
“Then we found something even more surprising, which was even harder to believe,” she says. “In an area called the anterior cingulate of the brain, it was actually thicker in the superagers than it was in the 50-year-olds.” The anterior cingulate is a small brain region important for attention and memory.
A youthful cortex and thicker cingulate suggest to Rogalski that these two brain regions have been spared the typical age-related shrinkage, which may be what protects against the memory decline seen in most elderly people. Superagers also have fewer risk genes for Alzheimer’s than typical 80-year-olds, she notes.
I am not sure why some brains at 80 look like younger ones, but I love this kind of research!
Direct from http://www.medicare.gov – the official website
More of we older people, more than previously thought, may be shortening our lifespans due to obesity issues.
The death toll of the nation’s obesity epidemic may be close to four times higher than has been widely believed, and all that excess weight could reverse the steady trend of lengthening life spans for a generation of younger Americans, new research warns.
There are some studies that showed that having extra weight as we age might be a sort of protection – but in recent years all the research I have read shows that obesity shortens lives – of adults, of teens and of children.
Me? I’d rather err on the side of not carrying around extra weight.