Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 18 : Fall 2013 - Page 21

or play an instrument are just a few other suggestions. The brain is like a muscle and the more it is used, the stronger it will be! Interestingly, another important way to support the health of one’s brain is through social interaction. Research supports the notion that social interaction plays a positive role in one’s cognitive abilities and overall health. According to the National Institute on Aging, “Several research studies have shown a strong correlation between social interaction and health and well-being among older adults, [while] social isolation may have significant adverse effects for older adults.” In other words, stay in touch. Online social networking has its benefits, but nothing beats in-person socializing. Writing a letter, joining a book club, making a phone call, or paying a visit to someone you love are just a few examples of activities that can have a lasting impact. Another good way to stay in touch is to volunteer with a local organization. Having the opportunity to meet new people and start new friendships can be exciting and may give you a renewed sense of purpose. You may even have a chance Ѽ