As we age, it becomes harder and harder to think clearly and process information in the right way. Rather than lamenting this fact, steps can be taken to fight and improve the mental powers of the aging population. Here are a few fun and engaging activities, recommended by the Jefferson County senior care experts at Home Care Assistance.
- Try Sudoku – This Japanese number game has gained popularity in the last few years and is a great way to boost brain power. Studies have shown that Sudoku improves thought processes and concentration, as well as memory. Playing a game each day can stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions.
- Write by Hand – Typing is faster than handwriting, but the use of the muscles – as well as the slower pace of the work – can help improve memory and cognition. The use of the hands also helps to prevent arthritis and motion-based issues from setting in.
- Exercise Regularly – Exercise is often the last thing people think of – after all, brain and brawn aren’t always the most potent combination. However, exercise can help to create new neural pathways within the brain, as well as increase heart rate and oxygen absorption throughout the body.
- Listen to Music – Setting aside time to actually listen to music, rather than allowing it to play in the background, may actually improve memory power and promote clear thinking. Studies have shown that information learned while listening to music can be more easily recalled when the same melody is heard at another point in the future.
- Play an Instrument – In the same way that listening to music boosts brain power, making it does, too. Using an instrument requires dexterity, mental clarity, and much more. Practicing these concepts over time can help to keep seniors thinking clearly long into old age!
At Home Care Assistance, we also recommend that our clients participate in our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an in-home program that utilizes fun, stimulating and engaging brain games to help seniors stave off cognitive decline by boosting brain power and mental acuity. And with all of our Jefferson County caregivers trained in CTM, your loved one can enjoy the benefits of this program as they receive help with their regular activities of daily living.
If your aging parent or loved one is already living with some level of cognitive decline, it may also be time to consider in-home dementia care in Jefferson County. For more information about personalized dementia care or any of the programs and activities mentioned above, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Home Care Assistance Care Manager today. Simply dial (303) 987-5992 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.