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A few simple actions taken throughout the day can help keep the brain sharp and ward off those “senior moments.” Use the following tips from Denver Home Care Assistance to help your senior loved one protect his or her memory and remain sharp throughout the golden years.
Eat for Brain-Health
A Mediterranean-style diet rich in seafood, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains improves brain health and can ward off dementia and age-related cognitive decline. Drinking red wine with dinner can also improve cognitive function, as can eating foods rich in flavonoids and antioxidants such as berries.
Exercise, particularly high-intensity exercise, has been clinically shown to improve memory and cognitive function for hours afterwards. High-intensity exercise that also requires thinking and learning new skills, such as dancing or martial arts, boosts memory more than just slogging along mindlessly on a treadmill. Dancing and martial arts training can also improve the balance and coordination of seniors and help ward off falls. Weight lifting can boost cognitive function in the elderly, too.
Learn Something New
Doing and learning new things will stimulate the brain and improve cognition. Doing the same thing day after day, even if it is mentally challenging, has little effect on improving memory and cognitive skills. Instead of just working the crossword puzzle yet again, suggest a sudoku puzzle, learning a new language, or taking a class on art history.
Surf the Net
Spending an hour a day researching new topics on the internet has been shown to improve short-term memory. Active research on the internet requires extensive use of decision making skills, visual-spatial, and verbal skills. However, mindless surfing and social media don’t do anything much for the brain. It has to be a focused effort to find new information on a particular topic. If your loved one doesn’t use the internet, ask his or her in-home caregiver to spend a few hours on a tutorial.
Daily meditation has been shown to improve the density of neurons in the brain, and it also sharpens attention, memory, and cognitive skills. Spending just 15 minutes a day practicing meditation can have a dramatic effect on brain health.
Learn more about senior health and wellness by reaching out to Home Care Assistance of Denver. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method helps promote cognitive vitality through mentally stimulating exercises and is included in all of our care plans at no additional cost. Call 720-263-0763 to speak with a friendly Care Manager who can answer questions and further discuss our care services.