Many people think that what we have when it comes to brain power, described in the phrase “intelligence quotient”, is fixed, and cannot be changed.

Or even worse, that as people advance in age, their brain power will decrease – and that this is the natural state of affairs. But this isn’t the case at all. In fact, new studies show that several different parameters of cognitive functions are not only not fixed, but they are also highly malleable to external influences. So, how can elderly people improve their brain power?

Well, they can do so in many ways.

The first way is seemingly indirect. It has been shown by many studies that physical exercise creates a host of changes in the body and brain, and it results in the improvement of brain power. And cardiovascular exercise is the best way to do this. If you’re a senior citizen, then we recommend you to take a walk three to four times a week, for no less than 20 minutes. Of course, you should consult with your doctor because not all people will benefit from this exercise – but most of them will.

Another way in which you can increase brain power as a senior citizen is by getting social. A lot of old people begin to live in somewhat of a recluse. They don’t feel social anymore, and so they begin to isolate themselves from society. Well, this is a terrible thing to do, because humans were created to be social, and if you’re social then your brain will receive its much-needed exercise in social matters. This will result in an overall increase of brain power.

And who is to say that older people can’t get a new hobby? Hobbies are a way of entertaining yourself while doing something positive. So, care for a game of chess? Or perhaps you like to solve math problems? Or you like to solve crosswords? Or you like to read books? Any activity of this nature will help you keep your mind in tip-top shape.

The best thing about all of these activities that you could be doing is that they also help you prevent a lot of the brain-dementing diseases that plague old people in particular. So, we advise you to do all of these different types of activities in order to get the most out of them. And enjoy your newly-found cognitive powers!