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5 Brain-Stimulating Ways to Ring in the New Year with Your Elderly Loved One

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The start of a new year is exciting for older adults who recognize the possibilities that exist in each new day. This year, turn your New Year’s celebration into one that boosts your senior loved one’s brain power by including these activities in your plans.

1. Attend a Social Event

Just the simple act of talking to other people helps your loved one engage parts of the brain that would sit idle if he or she were alone. For instance, seniors must rely on their memories to recall names and stories they want to share in conversations. Your loved one will also learn new things while engaging with others throughout the event. As you search for events to attend, try to go to one that is scheduled during your loved one’s best time of day so he or she can get the most out of the occasion.

Some seniors don’t get much social stimulation, and others have difficulty getting out to see friends, family, or neighbors. A professional caregiver can provide companionship as well as transportation to social events or lunch with a friend. New Hampshire 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.

2. Play a Word Game

Word games are a popular brain-boosting activity, and you can make this extra fun by planning games with a New Year’s theme. If you can’t find a crossword puzzle or word scramble that fits the holiday, try making one on your own. Your loved one will enjoy searching for words or deciphering clues associated with the season, and you can also include people of all ages in this activity if you’re planning a family or community event.

3. Make a Memory Chain

Putting together a classic paper chain engages your loved one’s mind because he or she must twist the strips of paper in a certain way to make them fit together. To make this special for New Year’s, have your loved one write down or dictate a few favorite memories from the past year onto the paper strips. Recalling special events could boost your loved one’s memory, and thinking of happy thoughts enhances cognition by helping your loved one relax. If you have a group of seniors together, ask them try to guess who provided each memory to increase the mental engagement. 

Brain-boosting activities can be a fun, stress-free way for seniors who have conditions that impede memory to exercise their recall abilities. If your loved one has difficulty with memory or safely performing the daily tasks of life, consider enlisting the aid of a professional caregiver. Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but New Hampshire live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust the professional live-in caregivers from Home Care Assistance to enhance his or her quality of life.

4. Start a Dance-Off

Dancing is an excellent brain-boosting activity because the physical activity gets blood flowing to the brain. Seniors must also rely on their memories to recall dance steps, and moving to the beat of the music activates critical portions of the brain. Pick out some upbeat music and encourage your loved one to move along. You can increase the benefits of this activity by turning it into a sing-along as well.

5. Make Party Hats and Noisemakers

Crafting engages the brain by stimulating your loved one to follow a specific set of steps or instructions to create the finished product. Set out some craft materials and encourage your loved one to make party decorations. Your loved one will have fun making things to use during the celebration, and the activity will activate parts of the brain associated with creativity.

If you’re spending New Year’s Eve with your loved one, start the year off in a brain-boosting way that sets the tone for the rest of the year. Helping your aging family member get enjoyment from mentally stimulating activities makes him or her more likely to continue exercising those faculties long after the festivities are over. Some seniors may benefit from a bit of help with the cognitive or physical challenges of daily life. If your senior loved one needs help managing an illness or assistance with daily tasks, make sure you choose a top-rated provider of home care. New Hampshire Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life in the golden years. From the mentally stimulating activities in our Cognitive Therapeutics Method to our friendly Care Managers who are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, we offer a wide array of high-quality at-home care services. To learn about our high-quality in-home care services, give us a call at (603) 471-3004 today.

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