Tips to Help Your Loved One Keep an Active Mind | Executive Care of Richmond
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.
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.
Enjoyable Mental 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 an hour a week.
- Writing. This 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 this 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, there’s no reason why the golden years can’t be added to by the occasional class.
- Doing puzzles and playing games. If it works the brain, it’s a great activity. It has been found that playing games can help prevent Alzheimer’s. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
Lifestyle Changes for a Memory Boost
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. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the recommended amount for our brains.
Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, cruciferous vegetables, berries and cherries, walnuts, 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 Richmond can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.