Today, keeping up with the Joneses isn’t half as important as keeping up with the grandkids. Could you have ever imaged that you would have to become a techno wizard just to answer a phone? Instead of communicating by phone, you would have to type or text a message just to get someone’s attention? Or that you would be able to communicate on the run with anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time, via phone, laptop, notepad, and now iPad™? Keeping in touch with grandchildren has gotten so much easier…or has it?
Have you watched your grandchildren play online or hand-held video games lately? We’re not talking about PacMan™ here. The complexity of the games is mind-boggling and the agility with which even the little ones interact with these advanced tech toys is astounding.
The longer we live, time seems to move faster and faster. Most grandparents today, the Boomers, are techno savvy and have kept up with the times. As a group, they are the fastest and largest growing demographic presence online. They are using Facebook™ to keep connected with their growing families. They Tweet on Twitter™ leaving minute by minute updates in 140 characters or less, and they Pin on Pinterest™ (it’s like online scrapbooking, posting and exchanging favorite recipes, pictures, sayings, whatever). They seek out new and exciting opportunities for growth in all areas. As a whole, they are active and employed, with retirement being pushed back further and further.
The reality is, time marches on…your face, your reflexes, your memory, and your ability to communicate. According to a 2007 study conducted by Humana, over-fifty boomers are committed to exercising their bodies to stay fit. “The survey found that nearly 75 percent of them exercise no less than three times a week; a third hit the bricks at least five times a week. The survey also found that many – almost half – of the over-50 folks already have an established commitment to exercise, having been active exercisers for at least five years.”
Just as the body can be toned and muscles can be strengthened and shaped, there is scientific evidence that the brain can be whipped into shape throughout adulthood as well. There are all kinds of exercise programs that have been developed to train and sharpen your memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving skills, which would be very handy should you have to rise to a grandchild’s challenge in a game requiring mental dexterity and speed.
So what are you doing to exercise your brain to keep that muscle fit, as well? There are some programs available for purchase on Amazon, but there is a FREE online program that can not only identify your “brain age” after running you through a two-minute series of fun games, it offers a wide variety of these challenges. If your score is a larger number than your age, you need a mental workout and regimen. If your score is lower than your age, you’re in pretty good shape, but playing the games is fun and couldn’t hurt.
Playing these games and working crossword and Sudoku puzzles several times a week is a sure way to improve your cognitive skills and liquid intelligence. Check out freebrainagegames.com, for the health of it and flex your brain muscle. It’s very cool and very good for you.
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