Keeping the mind stimulated and active is especially important for seniors. Just as muscles atrophy when they are not used, so too does the mind and memory need activity. Numerous studies have found that simple, creative activities can significantly improve mental function in seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Keep reading to learn about three activities that are ideal for keeping the mind active and healthy.
Listen To Or Play Music
Music is a powerful stimulant for the mind. It can bring up feelings and memories that are powerful and overwhelming. Listening to music can increase awareness and significantly improve seniors’ outlook on life. Additionally, the right kind of music can help promote relaxation and let the mind wander, a great way to keep it stimulated and active. If your loved one is able, singing and playing music can increase coordination, concentration, and self-esteem.
Do you remember fingerpainting as a child? Whether the picture that came out was good or bad, you were able to let your imagination run wild and put anything on your paper you liked. Art is a valuable way for seniors to do the same, whether it’s with a pencil or a paintbrush in their hand. Art stimulates the mind, resulting in enhanced creativity and imagination, which in turn leads to increased cognitive function and awareness.
Seniors in care communities are often encouraged to interact and socialize because of its many benefits. Socialization keeps the mind healthy, active, and promotes awareness of your surroundings. Conversation with others keeps the mind constantly receptive of new experiences and information. Furthermore, not only does socialization promote healthy cognitive functions, it also promotes a healthy self-image by stimulating feelings of self-worth and community.
Governor’s Glen provides a healthy, stimulating community for seniors requiring memory impairment care. To find out more about us, check us out on the web or call us today at (678) 954-2372.