How You Can Keep Your Loved One’s Mind Engaged | Executive Care of Freehold

Staying active as we grow older is a crucial part of remaining healthy, but staying physically active isn’t all there is. One of the greatest thing we can do is to keep our minds active.

So how can you help keep your loved one cognitively healthy? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.

Cognitive Activities Benefiting Seniors

Here are some brain-approved activities:

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.

Going back to school. Many colleges now offer scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, so there’s no reason why the golden years can’t be added to by the occasional class.

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 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.

Exercising. This not only helps the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.

Stop Memories From Fading

It’s commonly assumed that memory fades with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways that memory can be strengthened for every age group.

Making some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep habits can make quite a big difference for memory.

Not getting the right amount of sleep does not allow the brain enough time to consolidate memory at night, which can leave the brain feeling “foggy.” Seven to nine hours of sleep is the amount experts recommend to keep our brain well-rested.

Boosting the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, berries and cherries, walnuts, cruciferous vegetables, and eggs can also prove beneficial to 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 Freehold can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.