True or false? You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
False! Rootology wants to educate you on the importance of mental and intellectual wellness, as it stimulates mental activity, broadens our horizon, opens our mind, and helps us discover the world around us, all by using available resources that surround us.
Tips for Improving Brain Fitness
Brain stimulation (e.g., games, puzzles)
Physical exercise (e.g., aerobics, dancing)
Challenging leisure activities (e.g., solving crossword puzzles, reading, listening to books on CD/tape)
Learn a new language or how to play a musical instrument.
Engage in life long learning (e.g., Elderhostel, health education classes, computer skills, surf the Internet)
Fear of losing mental faculties, and perhaps independence, is often considered the worst-case scenario of aging. For some older people it may trigger near panic when they experience an episode of natural forgetfulness. We often use phrases that are negative and demeaning such as, "I'm having a senior moment.”
There is great potential for harm to people when they believe the negative myths and stereotypes about aging and brain deterioration. As professionals, we know the importance of educating older people and their families regarding the evidence that intellectual debilitation is not inevitable as we age. Challenges to our intellect do not naturally result in deterioration of mental faculties. Start your path towards intellectual wellness today!
Miller, C. (2004). Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults: Theory and Practice. 4th Edition. Philadelphia: Williams, Lippincott Williams & Wilcott.
Cohen, G.D.(2005) The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain. New York: Basic Books.