How did you do during your grade school spelling bee? If the answer is “not well,” try for a second chance at the AARP National Spelling Bee.
The AARP Spelling Bee is taking place on August 11, and it is open to anyone 50+ years old. There are ways to prepare for memory tests, such as a spelling bee, and ways to train your memory in order to help support your brain health. Here are some tips:
- Exercise. Physical activity helps to maintain good blood flow to the body and encourages growth of new brain cells and connections.
- Maximize your intake of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is a building block of the brain and it helps to support brain health throughout life.
- Stay mentally active. Intellectual curiosity, pursuit of education, reading, learning new activities and skills and even games are all fun ways to exercise your mind.
- Stay socially engaged. Friends and family are the key to happiness — and they just might be the key to brain health as well. Research shows that regular social interaction has a significant effect on long-term brain health and function.