While older minds may be just as sharp as younger ones, they often react more slowly. On the average, the human brain begins to slow down slightly beginning around age 30. Getting older doesn’t have to result in cognitive decline, however, if you exercise your mind.
As you age, it takes your brain more time to process information, decide how to handle it and take action. Each step takes longer, and possibly so long that it becomes dangerous on the roadway. Using problem-solving skills, even in non-driving ways, can help improve your mental fitness and flexibility. When choosing a mental fitness activity, keep three things in mind: variety, challenge and novelty.
Quick Tips for Selecting Activities to Sharpen Your Mind
|Variety||Mastering a new skill gets easier with time and practice, so introduce some variety. By changing things up on a regular basis, your mental fitness will have to work harder to adapt to the exercise or activity. This is similar to “circuit training” during physical exercise routines.|
|Challenge||Never let a task become too easy. Expose yourself to mental activities with increasing levels of challenge or difficulty.|
|Novelty||Try new mental activities, since very important parts of the brain (e.g., prefrontal cortex) are mostly exercised when you learn to master new cognitive challenges.|
Content source: Table adapted from “The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness”
Reduce Your Risk of a Crash
DriveSharp takes a unique approach to driving safety. It’s an online brain fitness program designed to sharpen your most important safety equipment of all: your mind. DriveSharp has been scientifically proven to help you:
- Cut your risk of a car crash by up to 50 percent.
- Increase useful field of view by up to 200 percent.
- React faster to dangers – reduce stopping distance by up to 22 feet at 55 mph.
- Drive with greater confidence at night, in congested traffic and in new places.
Activities like jigsaw puzzles, crosswords or Sudoku can be fun, interactive and help keep your mind sharp.
Use the puzzle below to start exercising your mind!
BONUS TIP: LEARN A NEW SKILL OR HOBBY
Learning a New Skill or Hobby is Fun at Any Age, and Can Help Keep Your Mind Flexible.
When choosing a new skill or hobby, look for mentally challenging activities like learning a new language, playing bridge or learning to play a musical instrument. These activities stimulate the mind and help to improve your cognitive performance.