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The more difficult part is mental decline. I see articles touting measurable improvement resulting from mental "calisthenics" such as going through program of exercises designed to use mental functions. It seems a little lame to me. I think it's better to involve yourself in doing things that require use of mental powers like part time jobs, an officer of various clubs and service organizations, computer and internet, writing letters to editor, an online business and many things that are available. These will require use of mental faculties and keep them strong and limber.
These activities should require you to be putting something on line where outcome is in doubt and depends on your successful completion of task or project thus generating a degree of anxiety. Your best mental faculties are then called into play.
If you have enough of these activities you find yourself waking up in morning and thinking, "I've gotta hustle" to get things done or I'll fall behind or fail. This also generates a level of anxiety that is communicated down into deepest levels of bodily functioning where primitive processes such as defense against infection, immune system functioning, resisting cancerous changes, slowing cell breakdown and aging process and resistance to deterioration in general are going on. These processes are galvanized in a positive way to help slow these negative effects.
This can go a long way towards prolonging our lives, keeping us healthy and maintaining us as capable functioning persons deep into old age.
Dr. Moloney retired from Family Practice several years ago. He has retained his lifelong interest in music and teaching and has written a book explaining and simplifying music. http:/www.musicsimplified.com/ http:/www.musicsimplified.com