School may be out, but summer is still a great time for learning and boosting your brain fitness.
Building brain health is important for people of all ages. According to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, keeping an active mind can help reduce the risk of dementia.
Here are ideas to help people of all ages keep their brains engaged this summer:
- Get creative — Whether it’s painting, pottery or carpentry, making something helps to build cognitive and motor skills by interpreting instructions, making decisions and mastering tools
- Hold a music night — Learning to play a musical instrument helps people of all ages build memory and spatial awareness
- Include theatre, museums and galleries in your summer plans to engage the creative side of your brain
- Relax with puzzles, brain-teasers, chess, card games or a good book to de-stress while keeping your brain active
- Get outside and play — Physical activity is important at every age, but for older adults in particular, it can reduce risks associated with dementia. Plus, exercise will help you sleep well, which also contributes to brain health.
- The Ontario Brain Institute is a provincially funded, not-for-profit research centre seeking to maximize the impact of neuroscience and establish Ontario as a world leader in brain research, commercialization and care. The institute builds partnerships among researchers, clinicians, industry, patients and their advocates to foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services that improve the lives of people living with brain disorders.
- According to the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI), dementia is the most common brain-related cause of decline among seniors.
- ONDRI is a research program being carried out in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute. It involves more than 50 Ontario researchers and clinicians, 13 clinical sites, and 600 participants.
- Since 2003, Ontario committed more than $2.37 billion to life science research projects, to foster new discoveries, improve lives and support new treatments, companies and jobs.