The Brain: Use It Or Lose It!

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Many people look forward to the slower pace that comes with retirement, but don't let it slow down too much or you might be in trouble.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Brain Health say everyone needs to think about how to keep their brain engaged once the daily grind comes to a halt.

Doctors say just because you're retired from work, it doesn't mean your brain is retired.

Studies show it's important to stay active socially and mentally to keep your brain sharp and help ward off memory disorders.

Doctors say it's OK to take some time off and relax but recommend having a plan beyond that.

They say that volunteering is often a nice way to give back to the community and your brain.

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