Everyone understands the multiple benefits to remaining physically active as we grow older – reduced dangers of stroke and heart attack, diabetes, obesity, and many others. But it’s likewise necessary to keep our brains active and healthy, and as September is Healthy Aging Month, the senior care professionals at Enhanced Home Care know now is the ideal time to go through this quick checklist to assure that seniors are taking the needed measures to stretch and strengthen our minds.
- Continue moving. Exercise is a significant factor in the growth of new brain cells and restoration of those in need of repair. Furthermore, it contributes to our condition of alertness and productiveness during the day, as per Owen Carmichael, Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s associate professor and director of biomedical imaging.
- Keep learning. Earning a college degree should never indicate the finish line of our education, as continuous learning is essential to a healthy brain. The good news is, any form of learning at all is helpful, whether that’s an advanced calculus class or simply picking up a new hobby such as sewing, painting, or a new language. It can even include such new achievements as learning to draw or brush your hair with your non-dominant hand.
- Remain calm. In the midst of staying physically and mentally alert and active, it is important to integrate enough downtime to rest and to ensure adequate amounts of sleep. Schedule allocated time every single day for relaxing, enjoyable activities such as reading, writing in a journal, spending time in the fresh air, etc.
- Follow a healthy diet. Help to protect your brain against risk of disease and cognitive impairment with a diet high in monounsaturated fats (like those found in avocados and olive oil) and low in saturated fats (such as butter, cheese and beef).
- Socialize. Research conducted recently related isolation and lessened socializing with a greater risk of dementia. Plan frequent lunch dates, card games, and fun outings with friends and loved ones, and join a club or activity to develop new friendships.
Enhanced Home Care’s Kansas City home health care services can assist in a wide variety of ways to help keep seniors active, engaged and thriving! Our trained, experienced and friendly caregivers are skilled in providing companionship to enhance socialization, fixing delicious, nutritious meals, offering safe, trusted transportation and accompaniment to exercise programs, classes and activities of interest, and so much more! Celebrate Healthy Aging Month by calling us at 913-327-0000 to learn more about how our customized in-home care services can enhance quality of life for your senior loved one!