In this health-conscious age the homesteading lifestyle is very attractive. What's not to like about organically grown vegetables and farm fresh, free-range eggs and chicken, right? We focus on taking in quality nutrition, getting the proper amount of exercise and trying to maintain a proper sleep cycle; but in all of this the one thing often overlooked is the mind. Alzheimer's, and other mental diseases are all too common among the elderly but there are ways to stave them off such as the previously mentioned healthy choices coupled with what my granny would call mental calisthenics. I know a lady never tells her age, but my granny, who has passed her 8th decade and is going on her 9th, is still sharp as a tack. Although her body has the usual age-related ailments her mind is still humming along, quick as ever. She can run circles around most folks doing math in her head and her vocabulary is staggering.
So what's her secret? Her mental fountain of youth?
In a word... crosswords.
That's right, those little paperback crossword and word search booklets you can pick up in the magazine isle of any convenience store or big box store like Walmart.
Her brands of choice are PennyPress & Dell.
Just for fun, here is one of the PennyPress sample puzzles. Click on the image to go to their site for a printable version.
I hope that when I reach granny's age my mind still works half as well as hers.
How about you? Do you have any mental exercises you like to do? How do you keep your mind and body in shape?
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