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Keep Learning, It’s Good for Your Brain

Dec 15, 2022

Keep Learning, It’s Good for Your Brain

Everyone’s talking about brain health, as well as they should. We are coming through a long period of seemingly unending and unprecedented stressful events. Vision loss and aging can also add to the drag on our cognition. But that doesn’t mean we have to give in to these adverse effects. In fact, taking steps to keep the brain healthy, delivers immediate positive results to our sense of well-being. Continued learning is the key to good mental acuity. It doesn’t require a PhD; just make time in every day to learn something new or practice what you’ve learned. Here are some viable paths to a sharper brain. Do it your way!

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Mature woman taking online course

Learn with Hadley

Hadley.edu is number one on this list because, for people with vision loss, there is simply no better place to learn. The mini courses are all online and they’re also free of charge. Log on and they ask, “What would you like to learn today?” Choose from a great depth of choice in each category including: Daily Living, Adjusting to Vision Loss, Technology, Working, Recreation, and Braille. Meet Hadley 2.0 Your Personal Tutor

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Mindful couple doing post-workout meditation at home

Yoga and Audio Described Exercise

There is a direct connection between fitness and brain health. Shaking up your regular routine, or learning some new moves, is always good for mind and body. We’re loving these audio-described fitness and Accessible Workouts.

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Man with headphones listening to audio magazine

Join Choice Magazine Listening

This, the original audio magazine, will definitely light up your brain. Created for people with vision loss, the quarterly curated collection is a representation of high quality writing from the best magazine publications. So much to learn and enjoy, you’ll look forward to every release. Subscribe through NLS. New for Fall from CML the Talking Magazine

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Young woman with headphones, deeply focused
in audiobook

Do Deep Reading

Get immersed in an epic story, fiction or nonfiction, read with your eyes or your ears. Listening to an audiobook is every bit as satisfying as a visual read. They are also equally good for brain health and are easy to read while on the move. Get Back the Joy and Enjoy a Great Audiobook

Man with headphones relaxes with music
Man with headphones relaxes with music

Appreciate Music

Research shows music has the ability to enhance brain health, as well as mental and physical well-being. Learning a new tune on a musical instrument, a new song to sing on repeat, or even enjoying music in the background, of your day, is good for the brain. An AARP study shows, both casual and focused listeners report less depression and anxiety. Those attending live musical events and concerts may derive even higher benefits. Practicing an instrument, or singing in a choir, also is connected to higher rates of happiness and cognitive function. It is never too late to boost your daily dose of music and reap the healthy results.

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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