One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp as you get older may be to stay busy, according to new research. While scientists have previously recommended engaging in mentally challenging activities, a new study suggests that keeping a packed schedule may offer similar benefits.
In a survey of over 300 people participating in the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, study authors found that among adults over the age of 50, having a busy schedule was associated with better brain processing, improved memory, sharper reasoning and better vocabulary.
People in the study ranged from 50 to 89 years old, and the positive effect of busyness on the brain was consistent across age. This, the study authors conclude, suggests that keeping a busy lifestyle is important in middle age as well as old age.
I – Word Understanding
Packed – full
Across age – (affects) all ages
II – Have Your Say
1. Please describe your typical daily schedule.
2. What are some of the basic problems you encounter in your daily busy life?
3. As mentioned in the article, being busy keeps our brain sharp. Please describe some of your daily or regular activities that you think promote good health for your brain.
4. The downside of having a busy schedule is stress. How do you handle stress especially related to your full schedule?