It’s another beautiful, partly sunny, day here in Panama City, Florida.
It’s about 60 degrees and little muggy. But, I’ll take this over cold and snow, any day.
Hope you’re well and not too mellow…
If you’ve followed me on this blog, you know my greatest aging fear is mind related. Ailments like dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease flip my dread switch to red alert.
I realize this fear is related to my need for control.
On the other hand, if I can’t take care of myself mentally, I see no reason to saddle people I love with the burden of caring for a ‘thing’ that’s no longer any semblance of what it was.
Course, we never really know what we’d do in any situation, until we’re faced with it…
But, I do know that if we keep our minds sharp by using them for something other than decoration, there’s better odds our minds will remain powerful and pliable, until we no longer need them.
Other than a living a healthy lifestyle, (I keep telling you, ‘I don’t inhale my damn cigars’!) eating lots of fruit and vegetables, daily exercising and being genetically lucky, I also make it a priority to regularly give my mind something to do that’s new and taxing…”
One way I amuse my mind is by reading…a lot. I told you about my reading ‘Jones’ in the post, Why I Love My Kindle Fire HDX.
And my research work for this blog is great exercise for the old grey matter.
I’m also a firm believer in the benefits of being a lifelong student.
And, have taken classes, and full-blown courses, about things that catch my interest, most of my adult life.
While I didn’t think about it in that way at the time, I was strengthening, and preparing my mind for being inventive and sharp at my present age.
Now that I’m at this age (I’ll turn 70 this year, 2015!) and am thinking of ways to prolong my mental powers, I’m aware that an active mind, busy learning new things, is a proven method for preventing dementia and holding off the cognitive decline some scientists suspect may come with aging.
Besides, exploring and learning new things, is just plain fun…
When I finish talking to you here, I’m going back to work a while on an online course I started taking last week, called: Everyday Mind Mastery, a course designed to answer the burning question:
“I KNOW I could be doing more with my life, but HOW?”
This is the 5th course I’ve taken at Udemy, an Internet business that offers educational classes, and courses, in a wide spectrum of interests.
Some of the courses at Udemy, are free and some aren’t.
The ones I’ve taken there let you set your own pace, and work when you’ve the time and inclination. Because I like being in charge, that option is pretty much a must for me.
The downside of this kind of scheduling arrangement is no immediate access to the instructors. But, you can message them and so far, they’ve all gotten back to me.
Plus, the ‘dashboard’ feature of the specific courses I’ve taken, displays questions from other students, and teacher answers. That’s a nice feature, too.
Udemy offers a wide range of study:
- Personal Development
- Health and Fitness
- Teacher Training
- And more…
They really have a lot of educational options available for people who wanna learn a new skill to make more money or perhaps start a new career.
And, there are plenty of choices for someone like me, who just wants to keep his mind sharp, and likes learning new things for the sake of learning.
I don’t know what you do to keep your mind cranking on all cylinders.
My wife Treasa, among other things, does crossword puzzles, learns to cook exotic meals, designs new yoga moves and fits them into 55 minute lessons, and somehow convinces me that she thinks I’m interesting…after all these years.
I know senior citizens who keep their mind sharp playing online games and such. While game playing may keep our minds sharp, and perhaps even powerful as we age, I’d feel like I was wasting time I could be spending learning something new.
But, to quote a true American original, Sly Stone, “Different Strokes, For Different Folks…”
Anyway, take good care of yourself, and do something to keep the old noodle sharp and powerful. And, I’ll talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very welcome…