5 Ways to Keep an Aging Brain Active
As people age, they experience changes both mentally and physically. While these changes are a natural part of aging, there are some steps that can be taken to help maintain overall health and mental functioning. Home Care New Hampshire offers seniors 5 ways to help keep an aging brain smart.
- Socialize – Staying socially active and maintaining relationships is an important component of healthy aging. Studies show that seniors who are socially engaged experience a reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis and other chronic conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. By simply staying in touch with friends and family, seniors actively exercise their brain and also reduce their risk for mental health issues including depression.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet – While a healthy diet has always been an important factor in maintaining physical health, studies show that a healthy diet also provides benefits to the brain. Seniors who maintain a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, fish and nuts are able to attain the right balance of vitamins and nutrients for the brain to operate at its best.
- Sleep 7-8 Hours Each Day – When you sleep, the brain has time to relax and process all of the things you did and learned that day. Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will help enhance your short term memory and promote long-term mental functioning. For seniors who have trouble sleeping, it is important to talk to your doctor or New Hampshire home care professional to make sure your inability to sleep isn’t related to a serious health problem.
- Play Games – Games, crosswords and puzzles are a fun and entertaining way to keep the brain active and healthy. These simple activities help improve creativity, memory and decision making abilities. Visit your local bookstore for crossword puzzle books or check your daily newspaper for free crossword puzzles.
- Seek Out New Hobbies – New hobbies help seniors maintain an active lifestyle and are also great ways to learn and test the mind. From gardening to playing a new instrument, there are a variety of activities that seniors can pick up to improve mental health. Seniors can also visit their local community center and ask if there are any classes they can participate in.
By staying engaged through mental, physical and social activities, you can help your brain stay healthy as you age. If you are in search of companionship or need help with daily tasks and activities, Home Care Assistance is an ideal option. Our compassionate New Hampshire caregivers are available on an hourly basis for companionship or transportation to classes and events or full time for seniors who prefer the comfort and safety of around the clock monitoring. For more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation, contact a Care Manager at (603) 471-3004 today.