Friday, May 6, 2016

TIPS FOR SENIORS TO IMPROVE MEMORY: Part 3

Now that you’ve already begun improving your memory by fishing for Omega 3’s and snacking on delicious antioxidant blueberries, it’s time to “step it up” a little – quite literally – and start dancing!  

Tip #3: Dance
Yes, it’s true. There are tons of studies that prove being footloose and fancy free, boosts memory for seniors, as well as enhancing the brain function of people of all ages, on a variety of levels. 
At Home Care Advantage, we believe it is crucial that our in home elderly care professionals encourage seniors in their care to exercise not only their mind, but also to engage with interactive exercises and even a little dancing!
Exercise is essential to staying healthy, both physically and mentally. A recent study from the University of Maryland revealed that exercise improves the efficiency of brain activity associated with memory. Even among seniors already dealing with mild cognitive impairment, moderate exercise that stayed within the recommended guidelines for older adults enhanced brain function and memory over the course of just a couple of months. 
The role of dancing in cognitive improvement has fascinated the scientific community for a number of years. To satisfy their curiosity, many academicians and researchers have carried out studies discerning dancing’s effect on a person’s knowledge. 
One of the recent studies that have proven the benefits of dancing on the brain is the one conducted by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The 21 year long study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that dance is the best exercise to improve a person’s cognitive skills – whatever age he or she might be. 
The research, in fact, targeted senior citizens to determine which activity reduced the risk of dementia the most. The results came back showing that 76% of those who danced frequently exhibited lesser signs of dementia, compared to those who preferred doing only mental activity such as crossword puzzles and frequently reading.
We understand that it is often overwhelming to provide 24/7 care for your loved ones and that in home elderly care can become a drain on family members.  That’s why it’s critical to always have a back up plan where you can call on trusted care givers, who guarantee to cover your need for in home senior care giving 24/7. If providing care giving for your elderly parent may have gotten you down, try a little dancing jig to lighten the mood and your memory too!
At the end of the day, the health benefits of dancing go above and beyond improving your memory and increasing your cognitive acuity, as dancing also reduces stress, increases your serotonin levels and overall sense of well being! So what are you waiting for? Let’s dance!
Home Care Advantage offers active and compassionate 24/7 in home senior care giving services in Santa Rosa, CA as well as in surrounding regions; Sonoma, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Bodega Bay, Calistoga, Occidental, Geyserville, Guerneville and Kenwood in beautiful Sonoma County.
Our mission is to provide the best in home senior care to bring your family and elderly loved ones peace of mind, all the time!  Connect with us on Facebook or call (707) 205-4343 for an in home assessment with expert Staffing Director, Kim McKenzie.  And don’t forget to encourage your elderly family member to kick up their heels and dance with you!