Keep your brain cells firing as you age

As we age, the ability to keep our minds firing, learning and growing is key for brain health and happiness.

Research from Stanford University* has indicated that brain function and memory can be improved by activities like playing cards or learning how to speak a new language.

This is due to the stimulus and repetition associated with both activities causing changes to the chemicals in the brain which in turn helps create new cells. The social connection associated with such activities also helps to alleviate loneliness.

Carinity Kepnock Grove retirement village residents Nancy, Shirley, Lyn and Hazel catch up over a game of cards.
Carinity Kepnock Grove residents Nancy, Shirley, Lyn and Hazel catch up over a game of cards at the retirement village in Bundaberg.

Activities available at Carinity retirement communities are a way for residents to nourish their minds, stay active, build social connections and remain part of a wide community.

Since 1994 Carinity Shalom has facilitated a range of fun activities like the annual garden party, breakfast at the lagoon, playing cards, board games, Stitch and Chat crocheting group, indoor bowls and everything in between.

The recently formed Men’s Chat Group is a way to catch up each month, socialise and support mental wellbeing.

Carinity Kepnock Grove residents regularly participate in different classes like learning how to speak French, discussing their favourite books at Book Club or participating in chair yo-lates, a combination of yoga and Pilates.

At Wishart Gardens, Elim Estate and Brownesholme, residents also take part in a wide variety of activities like indoor bowling, exercise as a group, morning teas and enjoy barbecues as a way to stay connected socially and keep their minds learning, happy and active.

While some of these activities have been somewhat curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our residents are looking forward to recommencing any paused activities and all the benefits they provide in coming months.

Playing pool is a favoured pastime for Carinity Kepnock Grove residents Laurie and Harry
Playing pool is a favoured pastime for Carinity Kepnock Grove residents such as Laurie and Harry.

 

*Source: Better Health Channel (2014). Healthy ageing – stay mentally active. Visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au


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