Age doesn't matter when it comes to your ability to boost your brain power, say Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, authors of "YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger" (click for details). Whatever your age, you can take steps now to keep your brain active for as long as you live. Ready to give your brain a tune-up? Then take the time to focus on this news: "Greater cognitive activity in childhood, middle age and in old age makes your brain better later," according to a new study from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen suggest these tips for maximizing your brain power as you age:
- You're never too old to play. "Doing word puzzles, playing card games and reading your favorite trashy novels all count as ways to keep your mind active," say these doctors. We'll spare you our trashy novel notes, but we do recommend "The New York Times Light and Easy Crossword Puzzles" (click for details).
- Exercise, whether it's Zumba, yoga or hiking.
- Communicate, from writing in your journal to emailing a friend.
- Turn into your social network, such as talking to a neighbor. "Spending time with your social network is associated with better health and happiness and less dementia later in life," Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen explain.
- Eat right, including getting enough omega3s from fish. Get Dr. Oz's tips on omega3's by clicking here.
- Get enough sleep. Tip: Think that melatonin is the path to heal insomnia? Discover what Dr. Oz wants you to know about this supplement by clicking here.