Tips to Keep Your Aging Loved One’s Mind Active | Executive Care of Princeton
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.
Enjoyable Mental Activities for Seniors
Here are some brain-approved activities to try:
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 enhanced by the occasional class.
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. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
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.
Lifestyle Choices That Can 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.
The brain can feel “foggy” after not getting the right amount of sleep. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the recommended amount for the brain, 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 Princeton can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.