8 daily habits that will keep your mind sharp until old age

TOGETHER- Maintaining mental sharpness as you age is about making daily habits and healthy lifestyle choices.

Some people can remain mentally alert into their 70s, 80s and beyond as a result of following a daily routine that helps them stay alert.

Below are 8 habits that can become key elements in a daily routine that maintains mental activity in the seventies and beyond, according to what was published by the Global English Editing website.

1. Physical activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most common habits among people who maintain their mental sharpness in their 70s and beyond.

Exercise also helps maintain physical fitness, in addition to directly affecting brain health.

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which helps support cognitive functions.

The brain releases chemicals that enhance the mood and make the person feel more relaxed.

2. Lifelong learning

Another habit observed in people who remain mentally alert is a commitment to lifelong learning.

Lifelong learning activiti
es include reading, participating in book clubs, participating in seminars and lectures, and even enrolling in online courses.

Continuous learning stimulates the mind and makes one’s life enjoyable and boredom-free.

3. Healthy diet

In addition, some foods enhance brain health. A Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and lean protein, is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline.

And incorporating more brain-boosting foods like blueberries, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate into daily meals can make a big difference.

4. Regular social interaction

In parallel, remaining socially active is another habit for those who remain mentally sharp in their later years, because humans are social creatures and their brains thrive through interactions with others.

Whether it’s catching up with friends for coffee, participating in group activities, or just chatting with neighbors, regular social interaction stimulates the brain and keeps a person mentally engaged. On
the other hand, isolation can have a detrimental effect on mental and physical health.

5. Adequate sleep

Meanwhile, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just about feeling refreshed in the morning. It plays a crucial role in a person’s cognitive health as well.

During sleep, the brain works to consolidate memories and get rid of waste.

6. Mindfulness and meditation

In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget to make time for yourself.

But those who remain mentally alert as they age often practice mindfulness or meditation.

These practices help reduce stress, enhance focus, and promote a sense of peace and well-being.

7. Cognitive exercises

Just as physical exercise is important for maintaining a healthy body, cognitive exercise is essential for a healthy brain.

It can simply be done by solving crosswords or puzzles. Cognitive exercises such as puzzles, board games, or learning a new language challenge the brain and keep it active.

They help build menta
l resilience and keep cognitive decline at bay.

8. Positive attitude

Perhaps the most important habit of all is maintaining a positive attitude. Those who remain mentally alert into their golden years often have an optimistic outlook on life.

A positive attitude helps you deal better with stressful situations, reduces the risk of physical health problems, and contributes to prolonging life.

Source: Maan News Agency

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KUWAIT — His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah patronized and attended the graduating ceremony for excelling Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) graduates, for the academic year 2022/2023.

KUWAIT — Kuwait Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Al-Yahya phoned Iranian Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Bagheri, expressing his sincere condolences and deep sympathy over the tragic Helicopter crash.

RIYADH — Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi affirmed that GCC countries and international efforts support Yemen’s plan in achieving peace and stability for the country and its people.

GAZA — Health authorities in Gaza Strip announced that 14 Palestinians were martyred and more than 50 others were injured as a result of heavy bombardment launched by the Israeli occupation on Jabalia camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

TEHRAN — Iran will hold early presidential elections on June 28 following the death of President Ebrahim Rai
si, Iran’s state TV media reported.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

235,000 Nurses Work in Saudi Arabia in 2023

Riyadh: The Ministry of Health has announced an increase in registered nurses working in the Kingdom’s healthcare sector, celebrating this growth on International Nurses Day.

According to a ministry report, the number of nurses in 2023 had grown by over 23% since 2016, with over 235,461 nurses working in the public and private sectors.

The report said this growth reflects a growing interest in the profession and the Kingdom’s investment in ensuring adequate staffing and high-quality care.

Saudi Arabia now boasts 14 universities offering nursing programs, whose graduates, qualified Saudi specialists in various fields, are a valuable resource to the country.

The Ministry of Health credits this increase to the efforts it exerted, in partnership with the concerned government entities, to implement, under the Health Sector Transformation Program, a strategy that buttresses and empowers the nursing profession.

The Health Sector Transformation Program, one of Saudi Vision 2030 programs, lends support to health
cadres in the Kingdom in order to ensure the provision of high-quality health services.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

MoH, Zain launches hotline to report violence against children

KUWAIT, Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Al-Awadhi, launched on Wednesday the national awareness campaign in collaboration with (Zain), hotline (147) to report violence against any child under 18, coinciding with the World Day of Child Helplines.

Dr. Al-Awadhi said in his speech during the inauguration ceremony at Zain’s headquarters that addressing violence, mistreatment, and neglect of children was top priority for the ministry.

He added that through the Higher Committee for Child Protection, established in 2013 by Ministerial Decree No. 116, the ministry laid down the foundations, plans, and necessary measurement to protect children from mistreatment and neglect in Kuwait.

He also mentioned the formation of teams to protect children, these teams were formed in each health area and public hospital, consisting of doctors, nurses, and social workers.

Dr. Al-Awadhi emphasized the ministry’s role, by enhancing the healthcare system’s capabilities within various national multi-sectoral strategies to ensure prev
ention, combat violence, and provide services to victims.

The ministry and Zain established the hotline “Child Helpline 147” to receive reports related to children, provide advice, and offer psychological guidance to children and their families since 2016.

On his part, Vice Chairman and CEO, Bader Al-Kharafi, valued the longstanding partnership between Zain and the ministry, resulted in providing many contributions and programs aimed at assisting wide spectrum of society.

Al-Kharafi also said that Zain was working on a project to directly help abused children, and partnered with Child Helpline International to expand its support, as it aligns with its high ranking in the Child Rights and Business Forum’s assessment, positioning Zain as a leader in this area.

Zain considered online child safety crucial, with over 30 percent of internet users being children, the company’s commitment to address the UN’s goal to end all forms of violence against children by 2030.

Also, Zain partnered with UNICEF to promote c
hildren’s rights and safety in the region, focusing on educating children about online risks, “Internet Monsters” campaign was launched to raise awareness about online dangers and promote intellectual awareness among children, advocating to end all forms of violence against them.

Head of the Child Protection Office at the Ministry Dr. Mona Al-Khawari, presented the idea of establishing a child helpline in collaboration with Zain, through training services on communication and interaction for the team responsible for receiving calls.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Health Authorities: Third mass graves found in Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital

GAZA, A third mass grave had been found inside the Al-Shifa Medical Complex, west of Gaza City, from which 50 martyrs have been recovered so far, and the exhumation process is still going on, said health authorities Wednesday.

In a press conference, the health authorities affirmed that the number of mass graves found by medical teams inside hospitals reached seven, one in (Kamal Adwan Hospital), three graves in (Al-Shifa Medical Complex), and three graves in (Nasser Medical Complex), from which 520 martyrs were recovered.

It also held the Israeli occupation, the American administration, and the international community fully responsibility for the mass graves because of massacres against humanity by the occupying army.

Further, it called on the world to put pressure on the occupation in order to stop the genocidal war against the health sector and hospitals, and to open an independent international investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the Israelis.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

A new strain of Corona raises concern

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The British newspaper “Mirror” quoted scientific reports confirming the existence of a new strain of the Corona virus that is likely to be “more difficult to stop” as its immunity to current vaccines increases.

This strain is called FLiRT, and it is believed to constitute 25% of coronavirus cases in the United States currently.

For its part, the Daily Star website reported that there is another mutant known as KP.1.1, which represents 7.5% of Corona cases in the United States, amid fears of its spread around the world.

In this context, a spokesman for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said: ‘Viruses are constantly changing through mutations, and sometimes these mutations lead to a new type of virus. Some changes and mutations allow the virus to spread more easily or make it resistant to treatments and vaccines. With the spread The virus may mutate and become difficult to stop.’

Source: Maan News Agency