Sharpening Seniors’ Minds

by | Jan 2, 2020

How to Help Seniors Maintain Their Minds and Memories

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In the United States, approximately 40% of people over the age of 65 experience age-related memory impairment. Memory and mental health are closely connected. Helping seniors stay sharp can also improve their quality of life.

Top Strategies for Maintaining a Healthy Memory

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To maintain a healthy memory, seniors must stay mentally active. That doesn’t have to be taxing, though! Some strategies for maintaining a healthy memory are things seniors might already do as part of their everyday lives.

  • Read and write regularly.
  • Play games, solve riddles, and complete puzzles.
  • Try learning to play an instrument or take up a new hobby.
  • Take a class at a community college, university, or adult education center.
  • Spend time in conversation and socializing.

Factors Affecting the Memory

The brain is part of the body. Seniors’ physical health will affect cognitive function, including memory. Pay attention to factors that affect memory, like:

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Physical Activity
Exercise is good for the brain. Activity promotes good circulation, so your mind gets the oxygen it needs. Plus, your brain and memory both work when you have to make coordinated motions or follow a workout routine.

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Nutrition
Brains need fuel. Research by Harvard University shows that diets high in saturated fat can inhibit memory, while healthy diets rich with fish, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are good for maintaining a healthy memory.

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Sleep and Rest
A tired brain can’t devote as much energy to making or storing memories. Seniors should get plenty of sleep.

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Lorna MacMillan

Lorna MacMillan, President & Founder

Lorna MacMillan is the President and Founder of Parkwood Home Care. Lorna is a thought leader in the areas of Adult Ageing, Psychology and Adult Education . Through years of experience with seniors, individuals disabilities and a strong passion for helping others, Lorna was able to create Parkwood Home Care into the care service it is today.