Taking on new skills continually throughout life the brain builds new neurons and neuro-pathways and reduces the occurrences and development of brain degeneration. Simply put learning new skills every so often can help reduce disease like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. So if you want to keep your brain young and sharp think about what new hobbies and skills you want to take on. I found that learning music is a great way to challenge the mind. Simply learning to read music engages the mind as its like a new language. The motion of playing an instrument promoted hand eye coordination and it’s very relaxing and rewarding on the body when you are achieving new skills.