Brain health is a tremendous priority for aging adults and their family caregivers. Preserving what your elderly family member has doesn’t take as much effort as you both might think, however. Some of these ideas are super simple and don’t take a lot of time to implement, either.
Check out Her Diet
What your elderly family member eats can have such a huge effect on how well her brain is processing information. Talk with her doctor or a nutritionist to work out what types of brain foods are best for your senior. Instead of changing her whole way of eating right out of the gate, add a few of the healthier choices slowly to make the changes less overpowering.
Mix Things up a Bit
Your elderly family member probably already enjoys some activities that are great for her brain. But if she’s doing the same things, over and over, that leaves her brain in a bit of a rut. Try mixing activities up now and again. For example, if she likes putting puzzles together, get one that’s a little more challenging for a change of pace. Even doing regular activities in a different order can be enough to shake things up just enough.
Try New Activities Regularly
Shaking things up a little bit is definitely helpful, but what about shaking things up even more? Look for some new activities altogether that your elderly family member might enjoy. She might enjoy taking a class or switching out word searches for crossword puzzles. Anything that makes her brain works in different ways gives it a workout.
Don’t Overlook Exercise
Talk to your elderly family member’s doctor about exercise. Moving more often is fantastic for your senior’s body, of course, but it also has big benefits for her brain. Find out how much exercise is just right and get slowly started on an exercise plan that your aging adult can stick with for the long term. Even simple movements can count, here. It’s not about making your senior sweat buckets every day.
Having regular social interaction is also helpful, so consider hiring elderly care providers if you have to be away for part of the day. They can help with transportation and companionship for your senior.
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