February 17, 2012
Use it or lose it. That’s the mantra of researchers looking for ways to help individuals get smarter and improve cognitive function. Why? As it turns out, IQ isn’t as fixed as we once thought – it can rise and fall by activity level.
In a recent Newsweek article titled “Buff Your Brain,” reporter Sharon Begley summarizes the latest research and offers “31 Ways to get Smarter in 2012.”
With tips from the likes of Stephen Pinker, noted professor of psychology at Harvard University, and Yukiko Yamashita, stem-cell researcher, Begley gives some practical pointers: stay hydrated, practice meditation, learn a foreign language, drink more coffee and travel.
All good advice, some of which is already being followed at United Church Homes’ communities, including Parkvue in Sandusky, Ohio.
“Brain health plays a huge role in the holistic lifestyle at Parkvue,” says Brittany Dorsey, director of marketing. “We find that keeping everything in balance between brain health and overall physical health benefits our residents immensely.”
By using exercise, social activities and continuing educational opportunities, residents are encouraged to keep their gray matter in shape.
“There’s always something new to learn,” notes Dorsey. “Continuing education is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, no matter what age. Never stop learning.”