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How Do You Keep Your Brain Sharp?
Posted By Ian Cunningham On June 17, 2013 @ 1:00 pm In Personal Health | Comments Disabled
The following is a guest post by Margot Seay – AARP National Volunteer Director
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As I walked around AARP’s Life@50+  member event held recently in Las Vegas, I was fascinated to see that one of the most popular booths was about brain health . People were lined up around the room to play games  that tested their mental abilities!
It really struck me at that point that I’m not alone in my desire to stay sharp as I grow older. It certainly made me feel less guilty about the two games of Freecell solitaire I play on my computer every morning to wake up my brain!
My husband was so impressed by what he saw in Vegas that as soon as we got back home to Kingsport, Tenn., he loaded the AARP Brain Fitness games from BrainHQ  onto our computer, and he plays them nearly every day. You can try them out too, at brain.aarp.org .
But it’s not just about games and crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Nutrition, physical exercise, socializing and lowering stress are also crucial to brain health .
Also See: AARP Brain Games 
As someone who lives with diabetes, I personally know how essential a healthy diet is, and I totally agree that social interaction is key – that’s why I volunteer with AARP !
But I want to learn more, and I’m looking forward to hearing from others around the country about what YOU do to stay sharp on Thursday, June 20, when I join the panel of AARP Live! on RFD-TV. We’ll be taking your comments and questions live, so please call 1-888-687-2277 toll-free during the show at 10 ET June 20 to share your questions and thoughts.
I’m also looking forward to hearing more about the five pillars of brain health  directly from clinical neuropsychologist and brain health  expert Dr. Paul Nussbaum, who has teamed with AARP on this issue of crucial importance to Americans age 50 and older. And I’m excited to once again be joining RFD-TV host Mark Oppold, along with my friends Sarah Jennings, AARP state director from South Dakota, and Gaylene Miller, West Virginia’s AARP state director.
I can’t wait to learn new ways to keep my brain healthy. Hope to hear from YOU!
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 AARP’s Life@50+: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151621630953960.1073741826.57259033959&type=3
 brain health: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/06/brain-fitness-four-strategies-to-keep-your-wits-with-aging/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 games: http://brain.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-CONT-BHQ-REL-BL
 brain.aarp.org: http://brain.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-QKTK-CONV-BRAIN-BL
 brain health: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-01-2012/boost-brain-health.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 AARP Brain Games: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/brain_games/
 volunteer with AARP: http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/get-involved/
 brain health: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-10-2012/memory-quiz.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 brain health: http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-03-2012/foods-may-lower-dementia-risk-slideshow.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 AARP Live! : http://www.rfdtv.com/findrfdtv/
 www.aarp.org/rfd: http://www.aarp.org/tv-radio/aarp-live/
 www.facebook.com/aarp.: http://www.facebook.com/aarp.
 Valerie Harper’s Rare Brain Cancer: What Caused It?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/06/valerie-harpers-rare-brain-cancer-what-caused-it/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL
 President Obama’s Brain Initiative: 5 Things to Noodle: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-obama-health-programs-fighting-alzheimers-disease/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS
 Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM
 AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP
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