Intellectual Wellness

What do solving crossword puzzles, reading books, and playing chess have in common? They all contribute to the preservation of our brain’s wellness, especially important to all of us as we age!

Brain Facts. Website contains fascinating facts about our brains, the “most complex biological structure in the known universe.” A portion of the Lifespan section pays special attention to the brains of the youth and older adults (Society for Neuroscience). 
Cognition and the Aging Brain. Discusses normal brain changes that occur with aging, possible concerns, and offers strategies for maintaining a healthy brain (Medscape.  Free login giving you access to multiple articles required.)
Dance Your Way to Better Brain Health. CDC article discusses the positive effects of dance on brain, physical, and emotional health; where to find dance opportunities; and strategies for engaging people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in dance activities.
How your brain is making caregiving HARDER.  YouTube video from Dr. Natali, a geropsychologist and host of Careblazers, presents a segment of her “Make Caregiving Easier” workshop. NOTE: While there is a charge for the workshop, there is NO CHARGE for the YouTube segment.
NEW!!! Fact Sheet: LGBTQ+ Caregiving. National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Fact Sheet discusses cultural, health, and legal aspects of being an LGBTQ+ caregiver. Additional resources provided.
Participating in Activities You Enjoy – More than Just Fun and Games. Learn how the enjoyment of favorite activities can enhance your cognitive health (National Institute on Aging).
7 Ways to Increase Your Intellectual Wellness. Concerned that your brain is not operating as well as it could or did? Consider these 7 tips for enhancing your intellectual wellness from the Benedictine community.