Good piece on how to keep the brain healthy (in addition to being physically active). While in the aging context, also applies to cancer treatment recovery and reducing the effect of chemo brain. Quote:
Being challenged sometimes means being uncomfortable. One stereotype of aging is that young people are bold explorers but older people are timid homebodies who “know what they like.” Stereotype though it may be, it is easy to get in a rut.
“Over time, some people may become less confident, and learning new things becomes scary and intimidating,” Dr. Fabiny says. “Learning seems harder, and it takes longer than it used to. It’s just so easy to stick with what you know.”
Getting out of your comfort zone from time to time challenges your mental skills. It includes things like traveling to a city that you haven’t been to before, which forces you to navigate in unfamiliar surroundings.
“It’s allowing yourself to be open to the world and not starting to make your world smaller than it needs to be,” Dr. Fabiny explains.