The team at the new Castle View retirement village at Windsor offers seven top tips to keeping your brain fit and healthy as the nights draw in
With shorter days looming and the arrival of winter weather, Lisa Fisher, village manager of Castle View retirement village in Windsor is encouraging retirees to keep their brains active.
“There’s no shortage of evidence to suggest that having an active brain in later life will enable you to lead a longer and certainly a more fulfilled life,” says Lisa, “and at Castle View we’re working hard to provide a range of stimulating activities.”
I love the feel and smell of ‘real’ books
Recently opened and already nominated ‘The Most Outstanding Retirement Living Development in the UK for 2018’, Castle View Windsor is a new generation retirement village where the emphasis is on living rather than retirement.
The new village has already held its first quiz night led by members of the Grenadier Guards’ Club, and its own Literary Festival is being planned with talks by well-known local authors and a writing competition.
“There’s so much everyone can do to help themselves,” adds Lisa. “Stimulating your brain with activities, games or learning new things will keep your mind sharp, while those with a dementia, or recovering from a stroke or head injury will also benefit.
“Try adding brain-training activity to your everyday life, and look for things that stretch your short-term memory, concentration and listening, attention to detail, language, logic, reaction time, hand-eye coordination and visualisation; and guess what? It’s fun!”
Avid reader Patricia Powell, 76, moved to Castle View in March 2019 after almost 40 years living in a Victorian terraced house in Windsor.
Encouraged by her mother, she began reading at the age of four and never stopped. “I love the feel and smell of ‘real’ books and being able to flick back and forth which you can do more quickly than on an electronic reader.
“I have a very wide cross-section of friends and reading gives me another thing to talk about with other people. As well as books I read newspapers, magazines and journals – I have been a newshound since childhood, and it’s all very helpful with quizzes which I also enjoy.”
Patricia is studying ‘English Literature – from Shakespeare to Austen’ at the Open University, and has also been asked to help a friend and fellow resident at Castle View, which has a library, to set up the retirement village’s first literary event which is now being planned.
The Castle View seven ‘top tips’ to keeping your brain in tip top condition:
- Play games that test your mind – chess, bridge, sudoku, crosswords
- Learn a musical instrument
- Read more extensively, push yourself to try books you wouldn’t normally consider, or join a book club
- Take up creative writing, and conduct research into your chosen theme beforehand
- Learn a new language
- Try a new craft or hobby
- Keep learning – education is associated with better mental functioning in old age. Join a class at your local college or sign-up to the University of the Third Age (U3A)
As well as nourishing your brain adopt a healthy lifestyle
- Take regular exercise
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat healthily – a Mediterranean diet is recommended, and drink water regularly
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Don’t smoke
- Sleep well
- Keep an active social life, spend time with stimulating friends, volunteer or join a club
Castle View Windsor offers 64 contemporary one, two and three-bedroom apartments. For more information visit Castle Retirement Living / 01753 378127