Living Well With an Active Mind

If you have osteoarthritis, it’s not only important to stay active and keep your joints healthy, but it’s also important to stay mentally sharp and positive. Having an active brain promotes a positive attitude to life – an important benefit for people living with osteoarthritis.

Scientists used to think that the brain’s ability to change (known as brain plasticity) in response to stimuli, such as learning, occurred only in younger people. We now know that the brain retains its plasticity throughout life. What’s more, you need to keep using your brain to keep it functioning well.

In another study, adults who completed computer-based training sessions showed improvement in a range of brain functionality measures, including enhancement of memory.

Try these activities to keep your mind sharp at any age:

  • solving puzzles and word games
  • learning a language
  • playing an instrument
  • reading, writing, painting and drawing

Your brain is like a muscle. The more frequent the activity you engage in, the stronger your brain gets.

You should aim to combine mental, physical and social stimulation, as there is evidence that the combination is greater than the sum of its parts to help you live life to the fullest.

 

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