Memory exercises for seniors includes both physical and cognitive components.
Yep, physical exercise will increase your ability to remember the lyrics of any of the Doors songs for karaoke night at your Senior Center or maybe your neighborhood tap, depending on where you go to do your karaoke.
Want proof? Here it is, from Professor Art Kramer at the University of Illinois.
"Physical fitness improves spatial memory, increases size of brain structure-
When it comes to the hippocampus, a brain structure vital to certain types of memory, size matters. Numerous studies have shown that bigger is usually better. Now researchers have found that elderly adults who are more physically fit tend to have bigger hippocampi and better spatial memory than those who are less fit."
The good news is that physical fitness does not necessarily mean hoisting big barbells around in the company of muscular men and women.
It can mean simply doing more of the physical exercise you are already doing, like walking around the block,or parking further from the front door of the shop you are going to, and walking more.
So if you are 61, like me, then physical activity involving deep breathing is the key to better memory.
If you already exercise, like me and many others our age, and older, then keep it up.
For an excellent primer on the benefits of physical exercise or physical activity on your brain's fitness, then please look at this book, written by Simon Evans,Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt,Ph.D.,
Brainfit for Life.
Evans and Burghardt speak to what they call the pillars of brain fitness, including physical exercise/activity, nutrition, sleep, stress management, and novel learning experiences which can involve the use of computerized brain fitness programs.
So it seems that attention to all the things our mom told us about at kids are what keeps our memory strong as we age.
Please take a look at this video, which describes the IMPACT study, or the results of using the Posit Science Brain Fitness Program on Seniors. It is pretty amazing.
And that is not the only computerized brain fitness program available which impacts attention and memory.
The Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro increases IQ. You might be thinking 'too little, too late', but you can get Mind Sparke for your grandkids too.
I have young children, and will attempt to trick them into using the computerized programs.
But here are links to three I have used which have made a positive difference in my life.