Try These 7 Activities To Help With Memory
By: Assisted Living by Unlimited Care Cottages | Published 08/08/2022
Our brain health tends to deteriorate as we age, so older adults need to do activities to help with memory. Such activities help to mitigate the risks of Alzheimer’s disease and prevent rapid cognitive decline. Thankfully, there are many brain-healthy activities for seniors.
WHAT ARE SOME EXCELLENT MEMORY-BOOSTING ACTIVITIES?
Engaging in senior-friendly memory activities can help boost the overall quality of life. You can let your senior loved one do their favorite physical activity and prepare easy-to-cook meals. They can also socialize with their friends.
Regular exercise helps to improve physical health and boost brain function. Any person doing cardio exercises thrice a week reduces their chances of suffering from memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. It increases blood flow to the brain to boost brain cell growth.
If your senior loved one enjoys gardening, you can take advantage of that and let them do a few simple gardening activities. Create a stress-free and peaceful environment to prevent the mental discomfort linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Avoid strenuous gardening activities.
Meditation is an excellent way to reduce anxiety and stress, especially in people with Alzheimer’s. If you meditate for 15-30 minutes daily, your brain’s connectivity will improve, boosting your cognitive abilities. Encourage your senior to attend yoga classes.
Cooking brain-healthy foods is also a great way to improve brain function. Consider cooking meals rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and herring. Opt for soybean oil, flaxseed, and walnuts if you don’t enjoy seafood. Eat the foods 2-3 times weekly.
If you or your senior loved one feels lonely, encourage them to join social groups to eliminate the boredom. Socializing with others stimulates the brain, helping seniors feel less isolated. Let them participate in social activities with family members and friends.
Soothing music is therapeutic and can trigger beautiful memories from the past. Look for songs your senior individual loved listening to in their younger years to spark their memories of specific events. The music will also encourage them to undertake some tasks.
Puzzles can stimulate your brain activity by keeping your brain engaged. There are various puzzles to try, including crosswords, Sudoku, Jigsaw puzzles, and many others. The more time you spend challenging your brain, the better your memory improves.
IMPROVING MEMORY IN THOSE WITH ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA
Let your senior loved one participate in memory-boosting activities to help with memory and improve mental health. The most important thing is to choose brain exercises that your seniors enjoy most, whether gardening, cooking, or socializing.
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