Declining memory is one of the most common symptoms seniors experience as they age, which can make it difficult to remember simple details or events. Although losing memory can be frustrating, there are several different ways to recharge the brain with challenging activities and exercises that can be practiced throughout the week. Here are a few memory-boosting tips from Tampa home care provider Home Care Assistance.
Join a Book Club
It can be easy for seniors to unintentionally become isolated, and a lack of social interaction can lead to memory decline. Joining a book club will not only offer mental stimulation thanks to regular reading, but your senior loved one will be able to count on regular socialization and interesting discussions with peers.
Practice Crossword Puzzles
Dementia caregivers in Tampa take note, studies show practicing crossword puzzles for a few minutes each day can build extra brain connections while reducing the effects of dementia. It not only makes for a fun way to stay busy, but also is a simple exercise that will allow your senior loved one to stay mentally engaged throughout the day.
Get More Sleep
Sleep is directly connected to memory, making it important to create a routine sleep schedule and make adhering to it a priority. It’s important to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, and if necessary, take a 20-minute nap to recharge during the day. If your senior loved one has trouble falling or staying asleep, there are many herbal remedies you can try like relaxing teas, lavender essential oil, or melatonin supplements—just be sure to check with the physician first.
Your brain immediately receives more blood with physical activity and will function better when there’s enough blood flow. Participate in 150 minutes of moderate activity each week (or 30 minutes most days), which can include water aerobics, swimming, or power walking. Seniors can also enjoy playing tennis, racquetball, or doing yoga.
Another way to support mental acuity and senior health is with a caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are compassionate, available 24/7, and every caregiver is highly-trained in our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which is designed to slow cognitive decline through activities targeting memory, executive functioning, language, and visual-spatial recognition. To learn more, call (727) 330-7862 to speak with a Care Manager and schedule your free in-home consultation.