7 Ways to Help Seniors Keep Their Minds Sharp
Posted on July 30, 2014
Updated 8/5/15 11:42 am | Alert1 wants
to remind you that successful aging in place starts with taking care of your
mind and body. That includes both mental and physical exercises in addition to
your Alert1 medical alert system. We’ve given you workout
suggestions, now it’s time to work out your brain!
exercises are fun and rewarding. Studies
have shown that they
are effective in maintaining mental functioning so that you can stay sharp and
alert. The key is to do a variety of stimulating activities on a regular basis.
Keep it interesting by mixing these suggestions. Keep it fun and you won’t want
to stop –your brain will thank you!
Internet brain games for seniors
The internet is a great resource for brain games. There are
many sites with free games for you to take advantage of. Make a quick search
and you are sure to find a treasure trove of fun exercises. Computer games of
this sort stand out because of their interactive capabilities and immediate
feedback. This makes them perfect for games involving words, math, and spatial
awareness. They are constantly creating new games – you will never be bored!
Card and board games for seniors
If you’re ready for a break from the internet, have some fun
with some classic card and board games. Any game that makes you think is good
for your brain. Memory matching games, poker, go fish, and many more count as
Board games are another fantastic option. Word games like
Scrabble and strategy games like Monopoly or Risk will get those brain cells
firing. Pull out your old favorites – it’s game night!
You get bonus points if you can play these games with
friends! Aging in place by spending time with friends is good for the mind and
soul. Talking, laughing, and playing games provides an immediate boost of
happiness that will help you stay healthy.
Puzzles for seniors
Not much beats puzzles in terms of mental stimulation, whether
it’s a traditional tabletop puzzle, crosswords, or sodoku. Puzzles are easy to
integrate into your daily routine. Morning crosswords at breakfast, chess with
a friend, evening sodoku by the fireside… doesn’t that sound lovely? You can
relax and work out (your mind) at the same time! Now that’s how you age in
Seniors can learn something new
Have you always wanted to take up dance, pottery, or chess?
Did you love to draw and paint, but have not in a while? Now is the perfect
time to take up a new activity or pick up one you used to love. New activities
create new neural pathways in the brain – these pathways are very important for
mental health. Not sure which activity to pick? Your brain will love any that
is a creative outlet, hands-on, or mentally challenging. Again, an activity you
can do with friends is a big plus! There’s no time like the present to start an
activity you’ve always wanted to do.
Break your senior routine
We all love our routines, but try challenging yourself by
mixing things up. See if you can confuse your brain! Give it a few tries and it
will stretch to adapt – your brain will love it! It doesn’t have to be
complicated, even little changes to your daily routine will help your brain to
grow. Notice when you tend to do the same things in the same order every day,
and try doing them differently. Take a walk in a new direction, or tie your
shoes in the opposite order. Challenge yourself!
Seniors should try the unexpected
Ready to take it a step further? Try doing your daily
activities in a way your brain doesn’t expect. Use your non-dominant hand to
use your phone and brush your teeth. Try tying your shoes and buttoning your
shirt with your eyes closed. This might
be difficult at first, but it will soon become easier and easier. You will be
able to feel your brain getting stronger each time!
Seniors should have fun!
Here at Alert1
we support your aging in place plan. Our senior medical alert systems give
you peace of mind so that you can focus on living life to the fullest. Don’t
use up your brainpower with worry!
The key to keeping your mind
sharp is doing a variety of mentally stimulating activities. Grow those neural
pathways and stretch your brain now and you will see increased brain
performance down the road. The effects of mental stimulation are lasting.
you get the most benefit out of these exercises? By having fun! If one type of
exercise doesn’t suit you, feel free to move on to the next until you find some
that you enjoy. Do things that make you think and interact with the world in
new and unexpected ways. Combine mental and physical exercises for whole body
wellness. Our mobile medical
alert will allow you
to explore the world in safety. You will be having so much fun that you
will forget that you’re exercising!
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