Keeping Our Minds From Aging

A friend of mine recently asked me if I forget things all the time. I get that question from a lot of my friends over 60. Everyone is afraid of losing his or her mind. If you want to keep your brain active and alert, try one of these.

Huffington Post covered some of these apps in a roundup story about giving your brain a good workout.


Lumosity

Luminosity gives your brain a workout. The games featured in this app enhance various aspects of your cognition. This is very important for people of all ages because brain games can help improve memory, attention and other mental skills. Don’t worry about keeping up. The games are tailored to fit your goals. Play the games whenever you have a break. The app is free, and full subscriptions run from $14.99 for one month to $79.99 for one year. A small price to pay for making sure everything upstairs is functioning the best it can.

GPS For The Soul
Huffington Post owns this one. The blog site has been focusing on stress reduction for the last several years, especially for their employees. They claim “controlling your stress levels is step one in increasing attention and efficiency.” GPS for the Soul app (free), helps you detect your stress levels and get back on track when you’re feeling overwhelmed. The app creates personalized “GPS Guides” and offers calming quotes, images and music to totally relax you.

Pomodoro
According to the creators of Pomodoro, taking real breaks during the day can be a good way to fight distractions and get things done faster. I’m all for that. The Pomodoro method breaks activities down into 25-minute time allotments. Those are called “Pomodoros.” You set a timer. After each 25-minute period, a three to five minute break is taken, followed by another pomodoro. After the fourth Pomodoro, a 15-30 minute break is taken. All this is supposed to help you focus and get more done. Pomodoro boasts that this is for folks who have time management issues.

Headspace
They call the Headspace 10-day starter program “meditation for dummies.” The app’s short animated videos break down the basic principles of meditation. Just find a comfortable place for yourself, press play, and you be taught to medicate. The app is free but you have to spend $10 a month to get hundreds of videos and recordings.

MindNode
Did you ever hear of mind mapping? It reportedly creates a visual representation of your thoughts. It also illustrates an idea in a way that feels intuitive. MindNode says it helps you to generate ideas by organizing projects and concepts in a colorful graphic design. Try it . I will too. I want to see the app’s “pictorial networks mirror the way our brains work.” MindNode said we will be able to spot connections and insert new ideas.” Maybe we will figure out a way to live on our own longer. Just a thought.