How to Train Your Brain as You Age

Scott Robarge, a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association, is a recruiting/staffing professional who founded Another8 in 2010. He and his team at Another8 partner with hyper-growth technology firms in the Bay Area and the Boulder/Denver area, to ensure they have the resources necessary to meet their talent needs. Outside of his work at Another8, Scott Robarge is interested in resources for brain training in old age.

Physical decline is expected as the body ages, but many individuals are more concerned with the state of their mind. There are a number of simple steps a person can take to keep the brain sharp. Reading is an obvious tool, but more importantly, individuals should never stop learning. Whether you are a recent college graduate or a new retiree, fill your free time with a hobby that involves new skills to learn and information to be processed. The brain is a machine that should always be in use. Interests that involve multiple senses will engage the brain in different ways and further improve its functions.

At the same time, as we age, we must be wary of our limitations. Minimizing the mental energy expended on mundane tasks is essential to keeping the mind sharp for important moments. Using calendars and planners can help, as can a dedication to simple routines; spending half an hour searching for the TV remote is more mentally tiring than one might think. Keep small, frequently used items in a specific place. Finally, take advantage of the time and freedom old age provides. Repetition is helpful for brain training, but only when properly timed. If an activity is growing boring or frustrating, take a break and move on to something else.

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