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Mental Exercises And Cognitive Games For Seniors

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You can always help your senior loved ones improve their brain function and cognitive health. Age certainly plays a significant part in the decline of memory and other cognitive capabilities. However, there are proven ways to maintain and improve these capabilities at any age. If you are in search of ways to help your senior loved ones focus on their mental and cognitive health, the following information shared by professionals in assisted living communities and senior nursing homes can be useful.   Basics Of Cognitive Health  Previously it was believed that the ability of the brain to learn and grow was finite, however, more recent studies show that that the human brain can continue to reorganize, adapt and make new pathways. It is now more evident that our brain can change and stay sharp well past the growing years. However, to have the full benefits of neuroplasticity, people should practice using their brains. Many scientists believe that some stimulating activities can protect the human brain by making a “cognitive reserve.”   Optimizing Neuroplasticity    To help your senior loved ones optimize the health of their brain, you need to encourage them to take part in activities that help with cognitive stimulation. To introduce this kind of mental exercise in the lives of your senior loved ones, you can include exercises that focus on perception, attention, processing speed, memory, and reasoning capabilities. Exercises and games that focus on these specific areas of improving and maintaining the cognitive capabilities of seniors are […]

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A Few Stimulating Activities For The Elderly

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Have you recently started to feel that the senior in your life has slumped into a daily rut? It is a common thing for elders to develop a routine that can dull their spirits and negatively impact their mental and physical wellbeing. However, you need not worry, as many stimulating activities can help improve the quality of life of your senior loved one. Many ideas can improve the physical abilities and mental capabilities of seniors. Engaging in stimulating activities can benefit seniors in many ways like: Minimizing depression and agitation Maintaining motor skills Get a feeling of accomplishment A few stimulating activities for seniors are discussed below. These activities can help seniors become more engaged in their lives. Gardening  For seniors who enjoy the outdoors, gardening can be a great option. Even if they do not have the agility and strength to perform advanced gardening activities, they can always do the basic gardening tasks like seed placement, watering, raking, etc. Gardening is an activity that can arouse the senses and can give seniors a chance to get vitamin D. For seniors who are more physically able, there are tasks like weeding, digging, and potting. Many assisted living communities and senior homes encourage their residents to take part in gardening. Exercises And Walking  Walking is a physical activity that can help seniors ensure a flow of endorphins. Seniors can walk around the community or many also join swimming programs or exercise groups. Organized exercise sessions like aerobics and yoga are also […]

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Tips For Touring Assisted Living Facilities

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Finding the right assisted living facility for your senior loved one is a really important decision for you to make. There are a few important things that you should look out for while assessing a senior living facility and you need to consider the quality of care that your senior loved one may receive in the facility. The below tips can be used while touring senior care communities to find the facility that your senior loved one will be comfortable staying in. Observe The Level Of Cleanliness  Observe the place and see if it feels clean and fresh. Enquire about the frequency at which housekeeping is provided in personal living space. Besides, collect details about the type of maintenance offered and the estimated time of response. Do not miss out on enquiring about the specifics such as what is being offered and at what expense. Foul smells in the property can indicate a lack of cleanliness or some temporary issues. If the odor is concentrated in an area, it can be due to a recent incident, and smells throughout the assisted living community can be an indication of a bigger problem. Make it a point to ask the manager about the cause of the problem. Observe Staff Friendliness  The friendliness and attitude of the staff are important things that you need to pay attention to. Watch several staff members interacting with the residents to assess their friendliness. Do the staff members listen to the residents and share a mutual eye […]

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