Use It Or Lose It For One Of Your MAIN Body Parts

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

BrainIf 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.

Exercise that brain and stay sharp. Use it or lose it!!

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Good afternoon Gary,

Happy Belated Birthday..I hope you had a great one. You have got a good message in this post..I love the "Use it or Lose it!" So true!!

October 13, 2010 05:15 PM
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Gary Woltal
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Hi William: Blogging does sound like some great mental exercise going into the later years (writing). Appreciate the birthday thoughts.

Hi Dorie: Exercise those neurons. Smile. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

October 13, 2010 05:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners

When I works, I works hard, when I plays, I play fast, when I thinks, I falls asleep. But I keep trying to use that gray matter.

October 13, 2010 05:26 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
WHISPERING PINES REALTY

This is the greatest organ of our body.  Use it or lose it is very appropriate.

October 13, 2010 05:32 PM
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Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes
Coldwell Banker Buffalo Grove- 350 Half Day Road

Gary, does playing golf exercise anything?  I have to count lots of strokes and ride around on a golf cart...

October 13, 2010 05:54 PM
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Gary Woltal
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Mike: Sleep is good. Don't knock it.

William: Better than any machine man has devised thus far.

Judy: It takes a lot of brain power to come up with reasons for those mulligans. Golf is great.

October 13, 2010 07:18 PM
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Gail Robinson
REALTOR, GRI, e-PRO, Fairfield County, CT
William Raveis Real Estate

Gary - I intend to keep working until I drop, but actually the studies show that learning NEW things and CHALLENGING yourself is the key.  It's not the Sudoko puzzles that keep us sharp, it's learning a new language and then going to that country to speak it or starting a new non-profit or business enterprise.  The degree of NOVELTY and CHALLENGE is what is important.  (Sorry, it's hard to leave my previous career behind.)

October 13, 2010 07:38 PM
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute

Gary,

My parents are in their early eighties. Dad, uses a GPS now, he never use to need a map. Mom doesn't like the cold in Michigan's fall they fly off to FL for the winter Friday. You wouldn't to tangle with ether in their fields the only thing that's slowed down is their walk.

Bill

October 13, 2010 07:42 PM
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Gary Woltal
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Gail: I knew someone would have the details on the scoop on this story. Interesting: Novelty and challenge.

Bill: That's great your parents are so active. We all should strive for that. GPS? Cool.

October 13, 2010 07:49 PM
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Tish Lloyd
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
BlueCoast Realty Corporation

Gary ~ I've been doing all of these brain excerises, along with my hand/eye coordination to sharpen up!  Next week I'm going to work on my foot/eye coordination.  Seriously, this is a great post!

October 13, 2010 07:54 PM
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Tish: Looks like if your add in Gail's idea of novelty and challenging you will be at 100 and mentally sharp as ever.

October 13, 2010 08:00 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374

So much for word puzzles challenging the memory recall of the brain?!! That was my plan for avoiding the onset of dementia and alzheimer's. I will have to think of something more challenging to take on, but have a while to think about it, thanks for the post Gary.

October 13, 2010 09:06 PM
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Kevin J. May

Gary, this is good advice for sure but I often wonder if the brain ever rests and recovers like our muscles do.  It's always on point at a variety of tasks even while we're at rest.  I'll heed Gail's advice, #11 and try a more challenging effort.  I've got two of most everything else, gotta make this one last if at all possible.   

October 13, 2010 09:40 PM
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY

I think thinking fast in real estate has helped my brain. I don't miss out on much.

October 13, 2010 10:16 PM
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Wanda: It would be exciting to pick something challenging and work on that.

Kevin: I think the brain does re-charge somehow during sleep, but it also dreams then too.

Lizette: That think fast idea is a good one for brain speed.

October 13, 2010 10:58 PM
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Joan Whitebook
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
BHG The Masiello Group

Keeping the brain stimulated is definitely important... I play those brain games all the time.. They are fun and it makes me more alert and agile... It also increases my creativity.  My dad (no deceased) was taking french lessons into his mid 80's ...

October 14, 2010 12:39 AM
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Cindy Marchant
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Gosh darn it; I just started doing crosswords about two months ago to keep my memory loss from getting any worse and now you tell me it won't help!  Argh!  ....what did you say your name was again...  lol

Cindy in Indy

October 14, 2010 07:52 AM
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Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

Hi Gary, I did not know it was your birthday - Facebook did not tell me either!!  I'm bummed that I missed it!  Happy Belated Birthday Gary, and it's true - we need to use it or lose it!

October 14, 2010 03:09 PM
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Gary Woltal
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Joan: I love that your Dad was doing French lessons. So cool.

Cindy: Funny with the crosswords. They still make you think, even though the new and challenging maybe are better. Try the New York Times one. LOL

Mary: I had the Facebook setting to the public on my birthday in error turned off till late. Sorry. But thanks for the late wishes.

October 14, 2010 03:15 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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I have a friend that used to volunteer at a home for Alzheimer's patients.  She used to tell me that playing trivia and going "way" back in your brain to remember something was a good exercise to stay sharp. 

October 14, 2010 09:21 PM
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