Ways to Keep Your Aging Loved One’s Mind Active | Executive Care of Hackensack
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. Keeping our minds active is one of the best things we can do as we age.
Not sure how to help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.
Activities to Try With Your Loved One
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 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.
3. Writing. The act of writing can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory
4. Exercising. Not only does physical activity help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
Lifestyle Changes Are Also a Factor
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 have been shown to 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. The recommended amount of sleep for optimum brain health is seven to nine hours.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also benefit the brain and memory.
In the golden years, it is essential to be sure the mind stays active. The in-home care providers at Executive Care of Hackensack can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.