The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing – Albert Einstein 

Keeping yourself mentally alert is just as important as physical activity. Reading and doing the crossword in the paper, are all ways of helping to keep your brain alert and stimulated. 

Reading

Did you know: reading is one of the oldest ways of training your brain.  

By reading one chapter a night of your favourite book can help moderate sleep by producing melatonin to help you drift off into a relaxing slumber.  

Warwickshire libraries (Borrow Box)

Did you know: you can now borrow digital versions of your favourite books. This is a great way to ensure that you always have something to read anytime of the day or night.

Find out more about Borrow Box.

Games and puzzles - Gamechanger

The Alzheimer’s Society, in conjunction with the University of Oxford, have devised a brain training app, in a drive to push dementia research forward.

Gamechanger offers several brain games that help with research into thinking skills and memory. The data from each of the games you select will be sent through to the Alzheimer’s Society and Oxford University – which will be analysed and added to the research which both are working on.  

Please note all data will be stored on secure server at the University of Oxford and only shared with the research community once anonymised. 

Eyesight test

If you are using your smart phone or device regularly then you should make sure that you’ve had an eye test. It’s also important to get your eyes tested if you are a little unsteady on your feet. Having the right lenses will ensure you don’t bump into things or miss steps on stairs.  

The NHS recommend that you should have your eyes tested every two years. If you’re over 60 then your test will be free.

Hearing test

It is just as important to have a hearing test – as this too can affect your balance. The canals of your inner ear are used to help you balance – so it’s vital that you get your ears checked out if you find yourself unbalanced when walking.  

If you would like a hearing test then visit your GP who can review your hearing and your balance and if necessary, refer you to an audiologist for a test.