A study of more than 2,000 women last year found that their brain power tends to start diminishing at the age of 50. If you feel that your basic maths and English skills are slipping away, it's good to engage with activities that can help you retain what you know and even regain what's been lost.
Puzzles are a popular and enjoyable way to do this. You can buy a puzzle book at most major newsagents. These most typically contain crosswords, word searches, anagram games, and more. You can download Sudoku on your phone to help improve your maths skills. Practice makes perfect and, as they say, you use it or you lose it, so get that brain working now with these methods that are fun as well as practical.