Lesson 5 -Staying Mentally Alert

UCLA scientists suggest these ways to make and strengthen brain connections:

Play challenging games
Scrabble, bridge, chess, and crossword puzzles are all good choices. People who do jigsaw puzzles show good spatial ability, which can be helpful when following directions.

Try a musical instrument
As soon as you make the decision to take up a musical instrument, your brain has a whole new group of muscle-control problems to solve. Then the brain has to correlate notes on a paper with his or her fingers to create tones.

Fix something
Learn to repair things that you've never repaired before. The actual repair is not the important thing. It’s the challenge of doing something new.

Try the arts
If your verbal skills are good, buy a set of watercolors and take a course. If your mechanical skills are good, take a writing class.

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