Keep Your Brain in Shape!

Your brain is a thinking organ that learns and grows by interacting with the world through perception and action. Mental stimulation improves brain function and actually protects against cognitive decline, as does physical exercise. The human brain is able to continually adapt and rewire itself. Even in old age, it can grow new neurons. Severe mental decline is usually caused by disease, whereas most age-related losses in memory or motor skills simply result from inactivity and a lack of mental exercise and stimulation. In other words, use it or lose it.

The Franklin Institute: has word games, crossword puzzles, and other language games to keep your verbal skills sharp. Luminosity is a website that uses cognitive training and games to improve attention, speed, memory, problem solving, flexibility and creativity to keep your mind healthy. Mind Tools is a career skills website that has educational materials on stress management, communication skills, creativity, problem solving, decision making, time management and more.




  1. Hi! I love articles about this….keeping mind in shape. I eat a ton of sushi, seaweed, and have a lot of caffeine. I’m doing well 🙂 Love ya


  2. VERY INTERESTING QUESTION!I have wondered the same thing as my boailpr is clearly a medical issue and I respond well and quickly to medication. “Therapy” would do me absolutely no good since the problem is clearly chemical. Not only that, but the mood stabilizer I take is also used to treat epilepsy as well (and was originally designed to treat it)So… why the distinction between the two, since they both involve the brain? Oh, and MRIs of Schizophrenic patients DO show abnormalities, so I don’t understand why it’s not considered a brain disease, rather than a mental disorder. Again, very interesting question and one I have been meaning to ask myself because of the stigma of mental illness. Why not epilepsy too? Some forms of epilepsy include seizures that disorient the individual (no convulsions, just staring into space) and cause mood changes as well. There are so many different types of seizures, yet they are not considered a mental illness. +5

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