As with the muscles of the body, disuse of the mind will cause atrophy . . . but stimulation of the brain can stop the mental atrophy and then reverse the process to growth and more effective mental functioning. How often do active, bright people reach the age of 65 and then retire from a job that had kept them sharp and on their toes, only to deteriorate over the next year or so into a nursing home or the grave? It happens all the time.
You have to exercise the body to keep it in good physical shape and you have to exercise the mind to keep it mentally sharp. You must realign your priorities for your next lifestyle change not retirement, but new ventures to broaden your horizons and interests, pursuits and experiences. Seek out activities, adult education, travel, reading, writing, music, hobbies, nature, and all of the things you wanted to do but never had the time for.
Use it and you won't lose it! Get creative! Get involved with organizations that need your help or seek help from groups that are out there to help you become creative and inventive and exercise the mind. These organizations include Elderhostel, AARP, the YMCA, community programs, church programs, art programs, writing clubs, and travel clubs.
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