Tips for Helping Older Adults Remain Mentally Active | Executive Care of Scottsdale
Staying physically active is a crucial part of the aging process, but staying mentally active should be a goal as well. 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.
Mental Activities to Engage Your Aging Loved One
Here are some brain-approved activities:
- Reading. 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.
- Writing. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Exercising. Not only does this help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.
Lifestyle Changes to Give Memory a 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 habits have been shown to make quite a big difference for memory.
A lack 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 (seven to nine hours) is what our brains need, too.
Boosting the intake of cruciferous vegetables, berries and cherries, omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts, and eggs can also benefit the brain and memory.
Making sure the mind stays active is essential in the golden years. Executive Care of Scottsdale has in-home care providers that can help make sure to keep your loved one active—both mentally and physically.