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Aging well requires more than physical health

11:14 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- When we think of a healthy, active lifestyle most of us think of exercising and eating right, but we also need to think about exercising our brains. Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems will be giving a series of talks on how older adults can keep in shape both physically and mentally.

Geriatric nurse Amy Cotton with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems said, "Interact with your environment. It requires you to be attentive, it requires good listening, and then it requires action on our part rather than just passively seeing and hearing. It requires an opportunity to think about what you have seen and what you have heard."

Cotton will be the presenter of the talks that will concentrate on strategies for healthy brain fitness. EMHS wants to educate senior citizens about the importance of exercising your brain.

Cotton said, "It's common sense if you're eating well, have good nutrition, if you're getting daily physical fitness then clearly you're going to feel better. You're probably going to have a better thinking capacity. There are some exercises that one should be considering particularly into their mature years that can keep the nerve cells communicating and more robust."

Many brain engaging activities can be done during your daily routine and at no cost. When you are at the store estimate how far you are from the exit. If you go grocery shopping make a list, but leave it in your pocket and try to recall the items you need. Finally, while watching the evening news try to recall the stories to a family member or a friend.

Such activities increase attention to your surroundings and exercise your nerve cells. Attendees can expect to hear other ways to mentally engage themselves along with warning signs of memory loss. This will be the first in a series of talks to better senior citizen aging.

The event will take place Wednesday, December 12 at the Dirigo Pines Inn in Orono. It is free and open to the public.

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