As compassionate Menlo Park senior care professionals, we know there is currently no known “cure” for dementia or Alzheimer’s. However, brain fitness can certainly improve the quality of life and overall health for those who are aging!
Sudoku puzzles and popular brain games available online are certainly good for keeping the mind active, but seniors should engage in a wide array of hobbies and activities, including those that are social. Reading and thinking “deeper” are important ways to stimulate the brain, which is essential for a happier, more enjoyable life.
Whether you’re 55, 65, or even 75 or older, the fact is the brain wants to learn, and doesn’t know how old it is! Many seniors find that regular exercising, socializing with friends and family, and lots of laughing help keep them young, possibly even extending their lives.
Experts agree that isolation is the worst thing for aging adults
According to president of the Brain Health Center in Pittsburgh, Paul Nussbaum, isolation is the worst thing for seniors, who should engage in activities to stimulate the brain. Nussbaum claims that every person has the ability to “shape” his or her brain, but this encompasses more than playing brain games on computers or apps. Seniors should focus on learning skills that take concentration, such as playing a musical instrument, even learning a foreign language. Playing board games with others is also fun, and brain-building.
Alvaro Fernandez of SharpBrains says that programs that sharpen memory and language abilities are important, programs that include math, handwriting, reading out loud, and other things that address the working memory in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. He claims programs like this may help slow memory loss, and that aerobic exercise is also greatly beneficial to seniors’ health.
Ultimately, it seem that the more aging adults engage in various types of activities, learn new skills, exercise, and socialize with others the better they will do both mentally and physically as they age. The secret is to engage in things that make seniors use their brains – and being in isolation often does nothing to stimulate the brain, however it can result in depression.
At Care Indeed, we know all too well how devastating it can be to learn a loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s. While we offer in-home care customized to each individual’s needs, we also provide dementia and Alzheimer’s care for clients in the Bay Area. Contact us today for caring, dedicated caregivers who are trustworthy and dedicated to making seniors’ lives better.