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Octogenarian encourages seniors to stay active with poetry

August 16, 2013

Seniors find meaning during retirement in a wide variety of ways. While some choose to continue their education, others prefer to pick up a new hobby or volunteer. But for 83-year-old Norman Molesko, the purpose he discovered in his golden years was making sure others lived their retirement to the fullest. Over the last 15 years, Molesko has written around 1,200 poems, all of which are meant to encourage retirees to put a focus on active senior living, according to

Molesko has garnered a loyal following during his time as one of the preeminent senior poets in the world. He regularly performs in venues ranging from libraries and college classrooms to parks and retirement communities. Along with hoping his words get through to seniors, Molesko also feels as though his commitment to keeping an active mind and schedule should serve as a perfect example of healthy aging

"Neuroscience experiments on the brains of older people have revealed that the left and right brains interrelate more as one, unlike in younger brains," Molesko told the news source. "This offers an increasing potential for creative, positive and healthy aging, with longer life expectancy."

When it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle for seniors, Molesko certainly has the right idea. Numerous studies have shown that keeping an active mind may be one of the best ways to ward of Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive issues. Findings published last year in the journal Neurology suggested that older adults who were more mentally active tended to have fewer beta-amyloid proteins in their brain. The protein is often associated with the development of Alzheimer's. In fact, participants who reported the most mental activity had brains similar to 25-year-olds.