Keep Your Mind & Body Fit

You don’t need to earn another degree or sign up for a gym membership to stay in good mental and physical shape. A wide variety of options can help you exercise your mind and body. Solve a few puzzles, try simple stretching exercise techniques and follow a low-impact, home-based strength training routine to increase your ability to drive safely.

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Mental Fitness Techniques

Suppose a car veers into your lane or a dog suddenly runs into the street. A couple of seconds can make the difference between a scare and a bad crash. Brain fitness exercises can help you react faster and reduce risk of a traffic crash.

While older minds may be just as sharp as younger ones, they often react more slowly. On the average, the human brain begins to slow down slightly beginning around age 30. Getting older doesn’t have to result in cognitive decline, however, if you exercise your mind.

As you age, it takes your brain more time to process information, decide how to handle it and take action. Each step takes longer, and possibly so long that it becomes dangerous on the roadway. Using problem-solving skills, even in non-driving ways, can help improve your mental fitness and flexibility. When choosing a mental fitness activity, keep three things in mind: variety, challenge and novelty.

Quick Tips for Selecting Activities to Sharpen Your Mind


Mastering a new skill gets easier with time and practice, so introduce some variety. By changing things up on a regular basis, your mental fitness will have to work harder to adapt to the exercise or activity. This is similar to “circuit training” during physical exercise routines.


Never let a task become too easy. Expose yourself to mental activities with increasing levels of challenge or difficulty.


Try new mental activities, since very important parts of the brain (e.g., prefrontal cortex) are mostly exercised when you learn to master new cognitive challenges.

Content source: Table adapted from “The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness”

 Activities like jigsaw puzzles, crosswords or Sudoku can be fun, interactive and help keep your mind sharp.



Physical Fitness

Fitness programs can provide seniors a variety of aerobic, strength and stretching workouts – and they’re available everywhere. 

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Driver Improvement Courses

Since its founding, AAA has provided safety education programs for the driving public. Our driver training classes emphasize safety and provide individualized attention. We offer classes to drivers of all skill levels.

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Does your car fit you?

CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.

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Car Buying & Maintenance

Learn the basics before buying a vehicle.