1.  (Adjective)   Relating to the process of acquiring knowledge by the use of reasoning, intuition, or perception; involving conscious intellectual activity such as thinking, reasoning, or remembering, and cognitive impairment.

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Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think.  Core skills also include being able to learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Working together, they take incoming information and move it into the bank of knowledge.  This knowledge is used every day at school, at work, and in life.

Did you know that research over the past 20 years has shown that certain regions of the adult brain can generate new neurons and new synapses?

In essence, whenever we learn something new, engage in new activities, or even ponder a new concept – the brain will rewire itself in response. Just like babies, adults can keep growing their brains and protect cognitive functioning as they age.

The more we read, try a new physical activity, play a new card or board game, or even do crossword puzzles, new neurons are created along with new pathways helping our cognitive function to improve.  So grab the book you’ve been wanting to read, take up a new hobby you have been putting off, invite a friend over to play cards, or start an exercise program.   Your brain will thank you for it!

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I wish you enough💜

Ginny Hanson

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