Some Tips for Elderly Individuals
As we age, blood flow to our brain slows down and the brain itself naturally shrinks. As this happens, we can lose nerve cells or nerve connections that were once responsible for helping us stay “sharp.” This occurs in both males and females and can cause us to become a little forgetful, however, there are a few ways to keep your memory sharp as you get older:
Wach Your Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
High cholesterol and/or high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke – both of which may lead to dementia. By making sure your cholesterol, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, and blood sugar are in check, you can help your body and mind stay healthy.
Exercise refers to both physical exercise and mental exercise. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight along with a healthy diet so you treat your body right; it’s also important to challenge your brain with social interactions, learning new skills, and thought and memory exercises. Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs the proper maintenance in order to function at its best.
Challenge Your Senses
The more senses you use when learning something, the more memory stimulation you’ll give your brain – especially when it comes to smell. To keep it guessing, challenge your senses. For example, when you go out to eat, take a good smell and try to guess the spices used in the dish you ordered. Or play a certain song each time you do the dishes so your brain ties the song to the chore.
Eat Those Fruits and Veggies
Studies have shown that people who have a diet full of fruits and vegetables as well as fish have a lower risk for cognitive decline. That’s because fruits and vegetables have high amounts of folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium while fish are rich in protein and omega-3 fats – all of which can help keep your brain and body healthy.
Find Ways to Assist Your Memory
Trying to remember where you put your wallet or when your friend’s birthday party is can be slightly exhausting – especially as you get older. Do your memory a favor and take advantage of things like planners, calendars, or even specific places for your belongings. This way, you can reserve your mental energy for learning new skills and remembering more important things.
Read and Write
No matter what age you are, reading and writing on a regular basis can help you boost your creativity, improve your vocabulary, and keep your mind sharp. Try switching up book themes every once in awhile (say, from an autobiography to a mystery novel) as well as your writing style (say, from a short story to a poem). You’ll have fun and learn new things!
If your loved one is having memory issues and is in need of assistance, don’t settle for a nursing home. Instead, discover the many benefits of our South Carolina adult day care programs. We help elderly individuals maintain their independence while offering care, activities, and companionship.