Practice Small Detail Work & Hand-Eye Coordination
Knitting, sewing, crocheting and needlework are all ways to keep the brain functioning. The transition between details and large picture help the brain retain information.
The process of creating a new piece of artwork is often related to storytelling. It is believed that we linked this detail work, older age, and storytelling far back in our histories to maximize our time and recall ability.
Today, the ability for some people to do both the detail work and remember information is remarkable.
It starts early. Working on these types of projects while listening to stories helps connect the activity to the story. Then, as work is recalled, so is the story.
Learn a Foreign Language
The average American only learns 15 words of another language and never completely learns their own. The average European learns 2-3 languages, but never completely learns their own (they combine too many grammar rules).
However, learning another language stimulates all parts of the brain and helps you understand your language and the other language. The exposure to culture and different ways to think is the key to developing the brain.
When you learn another language, your brain needs to rewrite the language center of your brain. People fluent in more than one language actually develop mirror centers of the brain and are able to switch between them at will. Those of us who are still learning a language form dual pathways for the learn words and grammar rules.
Basically, learning another language allows you to form double the speech pathways. You’ll never run out of something to say!