Keeping the Grey Matter green and growing

GREY MATTER

By Claire Dunkley, Registered Nurse and Founder of Cluzie Clinic

It’s no secret that we change as we grow older. And these changes not only relate to the body but also the brain (GREY MATTER). According to Columbia and Harvard Universities, in our early years of life, the brain forms more than a million new neural pathways each second! By the age of 6, the size of the brain increases to about 90% of its eventual adult size.

Grey Matter
Grey Matter

Experts agree that there are proactive things every person can do to keep the old grey matter, green and luscious.

Claire Dunkley

However, by the time our 30s and 40s roll around, our brains begin to shrink in size, with this rate of shrinkage increasing even more by the time we reach 60 years of age. This means that, with this natural shrinking, it’s natural for some grey matter cognitive abilities like memory, processing speed, and spatial awareness to be altered. But all is not lost. Research shows that other skills like verbal abilities and abstract reasoning CAN actually improve with age.

Experts agree that there are proactive things every person can do to keep the old grey matter, green and luscious.

Working on our brain function is as important as walking the dog or working out and looking after our physical bodies.

Puzzles exercise grey matter (your brain!)

Puzzles are definitely an awesome way to keep those grey matter brains active! Who doesn’t love a good puzzle?

Our brain is an incredible and vital part of our body. It comes up with creative ways to express our thoughts and emotions, coordinates movements, stores precious childhood memories, and even solves our all-time-favourite puzzles. 

Puzzles exercise grey matter
Puzzles exercise grey matter

Crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, chess and other problem-solving and memory games that stimulate your brain aren’t just for fun – they bring about lasting benefits. A 2014 study published in PubMed Central found that brain exercises helped adults maintain reasoning skills and cognitive speed. 

BRAIN GAMES FOR A HEALTHY BRAIN

Working at brain-challenging exercises won’t necessarily reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia, nor will it guarantee to reduce progression rates of these diseases, but they do provide significant benefits for your brain and can make your life better.

Some of those benefits include:

🧠 A workout for the mind – Brain games can stimulate different cognitive functions and enhance our lives in many ways. It can help with our social lives too!

🧠 Isolation prevention – Grab a friend and play away. When we play a stimulating game with other people, we get an added bonus of companionship which provided a lot of health benefits.

🧠 A sense of control – Brain games play an important role in creating a positive outlook in life, most especially for those who are dealing with stress or illness.

🧠 New brain connections – Learn something new that interests you and challenge your mind to diversify your knowledge

As we focus on mental health, we have to always keep our minds active by seeking out learning opportunities and problem-solving practices that challenge our brains, and puzzles can undoubtedly help us with that!

Trying new things every now and then. Keep your brain as healthy as possible throughout your lifetime – never take its powers for granted!

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