Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tips for Seniors to Improve Memory: Part 7


For several months now, we’ve been sharing tips on how to improve memory, and we can all agree that whether we’re a senior or not, we could all use some added positive mental, emotional, social and physical stimulation in our lives, not to mention improved healthy practices.  Although memory loss can be one of the biggest challenges of aging, it can be manageable as long as you're open to a lifestyle change.
So let’s recap the last several months of tips by starting with your diet.  Not only does a fish-rich diet boost your memory because of Omega 3s, but other natural “fats” such as organic, virgin, “un-refined”, cold pressed coconut oil (up to 4 tablespoonfuls a day!), avocados and walnuts are also excellent for recharging memory brain cells.  That coupled with antioxidants from fruits, especially berries and dark green leafy vegetables, helps your brain cells have a better chance against free radicals.
Start making healthy choices today to ensure you are feeding your brain and coordinate with your in home senior caregiver to help you maintain the nutrient rich diet you need.  Next on the list of memory tips would be to get up and dance! While exercise in general provides cognitive improvement, dancing in particular works best because of the way the brain is activated through dance steps coupled with music, which brings us to our next point.
Studies show that music stimulates the brain's left and right parts, so when you're dancing to a good tune, it’s like a double work out for your brain, and your body too. Above and beyond dancing, it is essential to listen to music all day, especially classical music, as it literally acts as a brain stimulant. Also remember to pick up your favorite musical instrument or learn a new one, as that triggers your brain to create new pathways to improve your memory, so start strumming on that guitar!
Another great way to exercise the brain is to expose it to added mental stimulation. Word and number games logic such as Sudoku, Scrabble, and card games are excellent ways keep your brain active -- plus they're fun! Of course, these games are best enjoyed with friends and lucky for you, socializing is also an awesome way to maintain your cognitive sharpness.
Interacting with people makes your memory sharper and steers you away from depression, which is a common problem for seniors receiving 24/7 in home elderly care. The feeling of isolation can creep in without the proper intervention. So reach out to friends and neighbors, young and old to come join in a fun afternoon of game playing and be sure to include your senior caregiver too!  If you want to take it a step further, sign up for volunteering, especially with children as there are some great programs coupling seniors with kids for a stimulation and meaningful experience.
At Home Care Advantage, we hire passionate and dedicated senior caregivers who not only care about your physical needs, but also care about your mental and emotional health as well, and are ready and willing to work with you in achieving the best qualify of life in your golden years!  We offer in home care giving services in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Windsor, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Occidental, Kenwood and all over Sonoma County.  Find us on Facebook to learn more, or call (707) 205-4343 for an in-home assessment today!
 

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