Keep Your Aging Loved One’s Mind Active | Executive Care of Great Neck
Staying active is a crucial part of the aging process, but it’s not just staying physically active that is important as we grow older. One of the greatest things we can do is to keep our minds active.
Not sure how to help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Read on for some suggestions.
Perfect “Brain” Activities for Seniors
Here are some brain-approved activities:
Reading. Did you know that the Mayo Clinic found that reading books, in conjunction with other cognitive activities, can lead to a 50% decrease in the chances of developing dementia? That’s plenty of reason to keep your loved one actively reading.
Playing an instrument. Recent studies have found that seniors experience improvements in areas of the brain that control hearing, memory and hand movement after just four months of playing an instrument for one hour a week.
Writing. The action of writing can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
Exercising. Not only does physical activity help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
Socializing. Maintaining a social life can help fight off isolation and depression, and it also has been found to heal aging brains and keep them young.
Going back to school. With many colleges offering scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, there’s no reason why the golden years can’t be added to by the occasional class.
Playing games and doing puzzles. If it works the brain, it’s a great activity. It has been found that playing games can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
Strengthening Memory Is Vitally Important
Memory is something that can fade with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways that memory can be strengthened, no matter a person’s age.
Some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep habits have been shown to have a big impact on memory.
Not getting the right amount of sleep can leave the brain feeling “foggy,” as it does not allow for enough time to consolidate memory at night. Experts recommend getting between seven and nine hours of sleep.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also benefit the brain and memory.
Making sure the mind stays active is essential in the golden years. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of Great Neck can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.