How to stay young? How to stay sharp? How to stay vital? Baby boomer Michael Stephen McGuire, writer of the screenplay for the 2012 movie Blunt Force, says you can do it all by slowly ramping up your ability to write.
I feel the best brain training for Baby Boomers is creative writing. With so many of us coming up on retirement age, the demand increases for brain-training to improve our performance and delay disease. When it comes to keeping us mentally sharp, no activity is better than creative writing.
Although many brain-training programs are aimed at younger generations (including some aimed at children), much of the mental maintenance nowadays is directed at older generations with hope that they — we — can maintain quality of life longer. I have observed many of the brain-training games, methods, and exercises and have been impressed with most of them. They are effective if they are consistently utilized. The questions people should ask themselves are: What method of brain-training will I practice consistently? What method of brain-training can I perform regularly for the rest of my life?
Though numerous brain-training programs are impressive in that they go into complex technical detail, this does not guarantee consistency by their practitioners. Sometimes the information is so specialized and scientific that it discourages clients who are often at an age where they resist learning anything too new and too difficult.
Initiating creative writing gradually, than developing that creativity to a higher level, is a very attainable goal. These attained goals are seeds planted to go after bigger targets as life continues.
To start by writing fifteen minutes daily about a TV news (or sports) topic, then to gradually increase your commitment to creating longer projects like articles and short stories, are realistic targets. A feeling of success from these accomplishments will follow, motivating you in time to write that novel that has rattled around in your head. As your creative writing evolution continues with years of practice and higher goals set, your brain-training will be automatic, consistent, enjoyable, and effective.
You can’t put a dollar value on the mental gains your creative writing will give you. As you increase your creative writing ability, your vocabulary will improve, which is a wonderful bonus because your communication ability is a huge reflection of you. Always remember that you are worth it. During your twilight years, your mental stability will be worth more than the money you have in the bank.