Ways to Help Your Loved One Stay Mentally Fit | Executive Care of Fort Myers

A crucial part of the aging process is staying active as we grow older, but staying physically active isn’t all there is. One of the greatest things we can do is keep our minds active.

But how can you help your loved one keep his or her mind in tip-top shape? Read on as we take a look at some ideas.

Seniors Can Benefit From Mental Activities

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 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.

3. 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 enhanced by the occasional class.

4. Writing. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.

5. 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.

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

Keeping Memory Strong

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.

Some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep can 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. Experts recommend getting between seven and nine hours of sleep for optimal health.

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 Fort Myers can help make sure your loved one is keeping active—both mentally and physically.