If you hang around Active Adult Retirement communities either living there or visiting it is funny what you hear standing in line for the free Tuesday night Margaritas. I have relatives in this category and have been in this situation before. In addition to everyone comparing which pills are the most effective for treating arthritis there is a lot of discussion and complaining about various aches and pains. It seems though we should take note of the concept of
Use It Or Lose It For One Of Your MAIN Body Parts
Yes there is the joke about the vision or the hearing declining or sexually speaking, THAT is one of the FIRST things to go. But many recent news accounts on the web, newspaper and TV talk about the BRAIN remaining highly functional and alert. Turns out just doing all those crossword puzzles despite a highly intelligent young woman I know who does them in pen, only makes you a better crossword puzzle solver. Well maybe, who knows? But the anecdotal evidence suggests even NOT RETIRING, but staying active. Occupations like the ministry, work in volunteering, building things, EVEN real estate work and writing, engage the brain and keep you sharp. This doesn't mean we all need to be WalMart greeters into our 90's but embracing new things like computers and even Social Networking. It seems to be task learning and social combined that keep us sharp.