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How To Stay Mentally Fit

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Updated March 28, 2005

Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise in staying healthy. Lifelong learning and social interactions are the 2 basic components of Mental Fitness.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 1 day

Here's How:

  1. Read a newspaper every day and stay keep abreast of current events.
  2. Take a class or finish a degree. Many colleges offer discounted or tuition-free classes to seniors.
  3. Volunteer at a local hospital, the zoo, or any place that interests you.
  4. Mentor a child with learning problems at your local school.
  5. Exercise frequently. Many gyms have classes for seniors.
  6. Participate in an Elder Hostel program. These residential programs are held on many university campuses and are very educational.
  7. Learn a new craft or skill.
  8. Learn a foreign language.
  9. Get a job. There are many full and part-time opportunities available for seniors.
  10. Join a church or other house of worship of your choice.
  11. Find an on-line pen pal and start a correspondence.
  12. Seek professional help if you feel depressed, lethargic or hopeless.
  13. Plan a trip to a place you have always wanted to go.

Tips:

  1. Keep busy, but don't overdo it.
  2. Your local newspaper is a wonderful source of information on volunteer opportunities.
  3. Maintain close ties with family and friends. Look for opportunities to make new friends, both young and old, who share your interests.
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