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Hi, did anyone read AARP's Bulletin article called "Put Your Brain To Work"? I found it interesting to learn that scientists in the past had thought our brains would lose as much as 30% of neurons as we aged. But, today, new research shows that we keep most of our brain cells for as long as we live but we have to do a few things to keep our brian cells healthy. Maintaining our brain cells with exercising was the number one star in encouraging new growth of our brain cells - even as we age. Our brain is like our heart which needs oxygen and blood flow. Exercising not only pumps blood through our brain's blood vessels but also helps in the creation of new brain cells.
I agree that having a hobby as we age (or at any age really) always helps to keep us focused and relaxed. I think it's beneficial to have a hobby to do when we are in recovery from an illness or surgery. It helps to get our minds off of our physical pain and focus on something that brings us contentment and calm. I have a relative who claims water color painting aided her to recovery more quickly from her surgery than not doing anything. She was limited in her mobility but could paint and did so. She said she always felt better afterwards and swears it speeded up her healing process.