Monday, July 11, 2016

Tips for Seniors to Improve Memory: Part 5

Are you feeling vibrant with all the antioxidants and Omega-3 super foods you’ve been taking since reading our blog? Have those endorphins been flowing, from kicking up your heels and dancing up a storm?  Is your mind buzzing from all brain games you’ve been playing?  Well, now it’s time to invite some friends over or have your in-home caregiver drive you to take part in some local volunteering to help charge your memory through some great social interaction!  

TIP #5 Socializing and Volunteering

For seniors, improving memory and protecting existing cognition needs extend beyond key nutrition, dancing, cognitive puzzles and other brain games. Often, something as simple, yet essential, as regular healthy social interaction, whether that be with friends or participating in volunteer actives, as it can make dramatic differences in health and well-being.

By definition, humans are social creatures and the more isolated we become, the more prone we are to depression, high blood pressure and memory loss. Unfortunately, seniors are more susceptible to isolation, which can further exacerbate other medical conditions. The good news is that there are simple ways to avoid isolation and reduce the effects of memory loss.

Over the years of offering in-home elderly care services here at Home Care Advantage, we have found that volunteering is a great way for seniors to socialize and engage in brain stimulating activities. Volunteering provides a sense of purpose, and you don't need a circle of friends to get started. Anyone can sign up with different organizations and make real contributions to both individuals and the community as a whole.

It is also a great way to put different generations in close contact with one another. Unlike a visit to the local senior center, where people interact with others within a certain age range, volunteering attracts people of any age. This creates an environment where everyone can put their best skills to use while also learning from one another.  Studies have shown that seniors who interact on a regular basis with children, whether that be within a family or volunteer setting, it not only helps with keeping your memory sharper, but also helps to alleviate depression.
Our 24/7 care givers not only serve elderly folks who need in-home care in the following Sonoma County areas: Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Occidental, Kenwood and Windsor, to name a few, but we also strive help seniors be more socially active and enjoy better health and happiness. To learn more, follow us on Facebook or call us at (707) 205-4343 for an in-home assessment.


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