Helping Your Aging Loved One Stay Mentally Active | Executive Care of Clearwater
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.
Are you hoping to help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Mental Activities Seniors Will Enjoy
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. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
- Exercising. Not only does this 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.
- 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 and other types of dementia. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
- 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.
Lifestyle Choices Can Also Impact Memory
Memory is something that can fade with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. No matter a person’s age, there are ways that memory can be strengthened.
Some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep have been shown to make quite a big difference for memory.
Not getting the right amount of sleep can leave the brain feeling “foggy.” Seven to nine hours of sleep is the recommended amount for our brains, so that it is given enough time to consolidate memory at night.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also benefit the brain and memory.
It’s essential to make sure the mind stays active in the golden years. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of Clearwater can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.