How to boost your brain when you retire

Jul 23, 2019

If you’ve recently retired or are approaching your retirement, have you thought about how you’ll keep your mind active outside of a work environment? With brain power, many experts believe it really is a case of use it or lose it. So, if you don’t keep yours ticking over, could it be a blow for your cognitive powers?

While some people believe that retirement comes at an age when a decline in memory and brain power occurs naturally, many experts disagree. A recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences suggests that the more you want to use your brain and the more you enjoy doing so, the more likely you are to stay sharp as you get older.

The study also found that doing a variety of different cognitive activities helps to boost brain power after retirement – which means for the best results, you should seek out lots of different ways to challenge your mind.

Doing crosswords and other puzzles such as Sudoku can help keep your mind active. But there are also many other types of brain training games and exercises you can access free on the internet. Here are a few you can try right now:

BrainHQ is a brain fitness training programme developed by neuroscientists. It claims to improve how your brain functions with dozens of games and exercises that target memory, attention, brain speed, intelligence and even people skills. Again, you can try it for free or subscribe for full access.

Happy Neuron claims to stimulate the five main cognitive brain functions, namely memory, attention, language, executive functions (reasoning, logical thinking) and visual and spatial skills. Sign up and play the games for free for seven days.

Merriam-Webster – the US dictionary publisher, also offers a range of more conventional online quizzes and games. Be careful however, if you try the spelling games, as they’re based on American, as opposed to British, spelling.

If your memory isn’t quite what it used to be, read our article Easy ways to boost your memory for tips on how to keep your mind more agile.

Article reproduced with the kind permission of CABA, the organisation providing lifelong support to ICAEW members, ACA students and their close family around the world.