Helping Keep Your Aging Loved One’s Mind Active | Executive Care of Clinton Township
Staying active as we grow older is a crucial part of the aging process, but it’s not just staying physically active that is important. One of the greatest thing we can do for our health and well-being is to keep our minds active.
But how can you help your loved one keep his or her mind in tip-top shape? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Mental Activities Seniors Can Benefit From
Here are some brain-approved activities:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Playing an instrument. Recent studies have found that seniors experience improvements in the areas of the brain that control hearing, memory and hand movement after just four months of playing an instrument for an hour a week.
5. Writing. The action of writing can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
6. Exercising. Physical activity not only helps the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
7. 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.
Strengthening Memory Is 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 can make quite a big difference for 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. To keep our brains well-rested, seven to nine hours of sleep is the amount experts recommend.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also prove beneficial to the brain and memory in particular.
Making sure the mind stays active is essential in the golden years. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of Clinton Township can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.