What could possibly be more amazing than the human brain? Although we have incredibly progressive medical knowledge these days, there’s still so much of the brain’s intricate complexity that we’ve yet to tap into. One thing we do know, though, is that our brains eventually decline in their ability to store memory, as a natural result of aging. However, we also now know that this process can actually be overcome to some degree through neuroplasticity – the creation of new pathways and modification of existing ones in the brain, resulting in enhanced cognitive functioning and the ability to improve memory.
Despite how complex it may seem, the truth is, there are some easy steps we can all take to help implement these positive changes:
- Brain enrichment activities. Forget about the online memory-enhancement programs, and instead opt for activities that allow you to learn a new skill, provide a challenge, allow you to build upon learned skills, and reward you emotionally. Good options include learning a new language, taking musical instrument lessons, or engaging in the arts.
- Exercise. Aerobic exercise boosts the oxygen level in your brain, and in particular, exercises that also require motor skill development and hand-eye coordination are quite beneficial.
- Sleep. Most of us get far less sleep than we should. Too little sleep has a negative impact to a number of body functions, including brain health included. 8 – 9 hours of sleep is recommended for most adults each night, on a regular basis.
- Socialize. Brain health can be improved merely by staying social. Isolation is often a problem for older adults, who can benefit from volunteering, signing up for a class or club, or engaging the services of a companion through a reputable home care agency, such as those at Hearts at Home.
- Reduce stress. Stress that goes unchecked can result in damage to brain cells as well as the hippocampus – the segment of the brain that handles memory. It’s so important to carve out time each and every day for relaxation: reading a book, engaging in meditation or prayer, listening to quiet, comforting music, etc.
To learn more tips to help seniors improve memory and thrive with a better quality of life, call on the senior care experts at Hearts at Home. We can transport and accompany seniors to fun outings and activities, participate with the senior in exercise programs, offer cheerful companionship to play games and cards, reminisce, enjoy favorite pastimes together, and more, according to the senior’s individual interests. Contact us at 913-440-4209 to learn more!