Keep Older Adults’ Minds Active as They Age | Executive Care of Montgomery County
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 keep our minds active.
So how can you help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Activities for Seniors to Stay Sharp
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 an hour a week.
Writing. The act of writing can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
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.
Exercising. Not only does physical activity help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
Going back to school. With many colleges offering scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, supplementing the golden years with the occasional class has never been easier.
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 or other types of dementia. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
Having a Strong Memory Is Important
It’s assumed that memory will always 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.
Making some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep has been shown to make quite a big difference for memory.
The brain can feel “foggy” after not getting an adequate amount of sleep as it does not allow for enough time to consolidate memory at night. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the recommended amount for our brains.
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 Montgomery County can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.