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Tips for Staying Mentally Fit — Solve Puzzles and More!

Part of the Word Searches For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Doing word searches and other puzzles are great ways to stay mentally fit. In addition to solving puzzles of all types, try the following tips to keep your brain in tiptop shape:

  • Rediscover lost talents. Skills can be quickly regained.

  • Be interested in the world around you — you can be an involved citizen at any age.

  • Stay in touch with your friends and family; be social and enjoy good company and conversation.

  • Stay physically active — activity has huge benefits for your brain.

  • Try new ways of doing routine activities, like driving to work by a different route or expanding your cooking repertoire.

  • Take up a new hobby or sport, or learn a language.

  • Get out and about, visit museums, galleries, markets, art shows, car shows, free concerts — whatever you enjoy.

  • Do jigsaw puzzles and play games like chess, card games, mahjong, and other board games.

  • Solve puzzles! Crosswords, word searches, Sudoku, mazes, cryptograms, and so on are all great for your brain, as well as good fun!

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