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5 Fun and Easy Ways Seniors Can Enhance Memory

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

As people get older, it’s natural to experience some age-related memory loss. If you’re the primary caregiver of an elderly loved one, you might be looking for ways to help your loved one boost his or her memory. Here are a few activities suggested by New Hampshire senior care professionals that can help you do just that.

1. Exercising

During a workout, even one of easy intensity, the blood flow to the brain increases. As this occurs, the hippocampus becomes enlarged. An enlarged hippocampus speeds up the secretion of a specific type of protein that is vital to long-term memory. 

2. Socializing

Both depression and stress can contribute to memory loss. Fortunately, socializing with friends and family members helps diminish these issues. To boost your elderly loved one’s memory, encourage him or her to regularly spend time with the people he or she cares about.

3. Laughing

Laughing stimulates the area of the brain associated with memory. When spending time with your elderly loved one, strive to keep things lighthearted and upbeat. For instance, the two of you could share jokes with each other, watch funny movies, or spend 30 minutes watching witty sitcoms. 

4. Sleeping

While asleep, the brain is hard at work coagulating connections between neurons. To help your loved one retain his or her memory, ensure he or she regularly gets seven to eight hours of sleep at night.

5. Storytelling

The art of storytelling challenges and engrosses the brain. Whenever you visit your elderly loved one, the two of you can decide on a fun, creative theme for a story. After developing the first sentence, implore your senior relative to complete the next one. You can continue this process until you satisfactorily end the story.

If your elderly loved is displaying signs of memory loss, you might be worried about the future. The first step is taking your loved one to a trusted physician. The second is reaching out to Home Care Assistance. Our experienced caregivers incorporate the Cognitive Therapeutics Method into our New Hampshire Alzheimer’s care and dementia care plans to help senior maintain mental health. To learn more, give us a call at (603) 471-3004 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.