|Written by Bill Hanks|
Perseverance Can Pay Off.
Having a strong sense of well being and maintaining mental fitness go hand in hand. I know that it is very important to not only maintain, but to increase my mental health. Seniors, like myself, know that the odds of dementia and Alzheimer's is a strong possibility as we get older. All baby boomers need to focus on personal mental fitness. This article explains what I do to maintain my own personal mental fitness.┬á
Supplements: Ginkgo biloba has been used by millions of individuals for years to enhance memory. TheUniversity of Maryland Medical School claims that scientific studies back this fact. They also state that it is the top medicine prescribed in France and Germany. I started using it at the age of 50. I can't truly say that it has helped me. However, I believe what I have heard about it. I have heard too many good things about it. It is the only herbal supplement that I use.┬á
Puzzles: For years, my mother and my father in law would do word finds and crossword puzzles. I often thought that this was a waste time as they aged. However, I noticed that both stayed very mentally sharp into their 80's. For the past 5 years, I have been doing word finds. In the time that I have done them, I have discovered that it is easier for me to concentrate when I read. These types of puzzles tend to keep me more observant and alert to minor details.┬á
Meditation: I start each day with a large cold glass of water and then 15 minutes of quiet mediation. I had often heard of individuals doing meditation, but I had never done it myself. A few years ago I picked up the book "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. The book has a focus on a strong concentration of living in the moment. Forget the past or the future. Now is the time. Throughout the book, Tolle wants the reader to mentally concentrate on getting everything you can out of each passing moment. Meditation lets me relax mentally and focus on what really is important in my life. Mediation lets me throw out the trash in my brain that doesn't need to be there.┬á
These are three things that any baby boomer can do. The cost for puzzles and the Ginkgo biloba is very inexpensive and can be worked into any seniors budget. I am also sure that a good diet and physical exercise are also important, in maintaing good mental fitness.