The older people get, the more important brain health becomes because they’re susceptible to diseases and conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s. When it comes to boosting brain function, there are many theories about eating right and doing puzzles. However, there are a few unique strategies that can boost your aging loved one’s cognitive health and wellbeing.
1. Join Facebook or Other Social Media
Several studies have shown seniors who are more social live longer and have lower blood pressure. Even more studies have shown high blood pressure can lead to cognitive decline during the middle and later years of life. It may be time for your loved one to make new friends and connect with old ones. Social media is an excellent way to make these connections. Your loved one can use it to find friends he or she hasn’t spoken to in years or meet up with like-minded people in the area. Just make sure your loved one practises caution and abides by the rules of internet safety.
2. Play a Game of Ping-Pong
There’s no better day than today to dust off the old ping-pong table in the basement and invite friends or grandchildren over for a little friendly competition. Not only does this sport get the blood flowing and keep dementia at bay, but it also keeps reflexes nimble and engages certain unused parts of the brain.
Some people call ping-pong a “brain sport” given its impact on cognitive health. However, this game may not be suitable for seniors with limited mobility. In-home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.
3. Mow the Lawn
There’s something satisfying about a smooth, even, green lawn, but the science behind it suggests there’s more to it than just feeling good. Studies have shown cutting grass is a stress reliever for adults and can potentially boost memory. A push mower can get the blood flowing, which is good for the brain, heart, and other organs.
4. Learn a New Language
Seniors experiencing cognitive decline due to conditions such as age-related dementia might need caregivers with special expertise in boosting cognitive health. If you’re looking for reliable dementia care, Mississauga Home Care Assistance offers high-quality at-home care for seniors who are managing the challenges of cognitive decline. We offer a revolutionary program called the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), which uses mentally stimulating activities to boost cognitive health in the elderly. CTM has proven to help seniors with dementia regain a sense of pride and accomplishment and learn how to engage with others in an enjoyable way.
5. Tune in to a Favorite Comedy
Whoever said laughter is the best medicine may not have been too far off. Research has shown laughing can keep the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay. Other studies showed that people who watched sitcoms before performing tests did better than those who listened to classical music. It might be time for your loved one to watch some of his or her favourite funny movies and TV shows.
A trained professional caregiver can be an ideal resource when you’re trying to help your senior loved one lead a healthier lifestyle. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of homecare. Mississauga families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet their elderly loved ones’ unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. If your loved one needs assistance with the challenges of aging, reach out to one of our knowledgeable, compassionate Care Managers today at 905-337-1200.