Did you know that brain exercise is just as important as regular physical exercise? In Boynton Beach, senior living communities know that just like the muscles, the brain needs daily exercise to stay strong. Experts say that regular brain workouts help delay memory loss and cognitive decline.
Your brain needs to keep learning and growing to prevent decline. According to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Organization, learning new skills and developing hobbies sharpens the brain. This may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by almost 70%.
Here are five brain exercises seniors can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease:
1. Learn a new instrument.
Not only is music entertaining, but it also offers many health benefits as well; delaying cognitive decline is one of them. Your elderly loved one can sign up for music classes to learn new instruments. On the other hand, they can also teach themselves by watching tutorial videos on YouTube. They don’t have to be good at it; it’s the process of learning something new that matters.
2. Read books.
If learning a new instrument isn’t for you, you can try your hand at reading. Whether your loved one reads the daily newspaper or romantic literature, reading can help put the brain at work. You can buy your elderly loved one a tablet or a kindle so they can download and read books anytime.
3. Get regular exercise.
Regular physical exercise benefits your body, mind, and spirit. You and your elderly loved one can go for a walk but make sure to change your route every now and then. Your elderly loved one can also take low-impact classes in the gym. Make it a habit to add something new in your workouts to continuously challenge the brain.
4. Learn a new language.
Learning a new language can definitely challenge your elderly loved one’s brain. There are countless resources to help your elderly loved one master a new language. You can buy audiobooks online or at local bookstores near you.
5. Write something.
Writing keeps your brain working. If your elderly loved one feels intimidated at the thought of writing, ask them to start by keeping a daily journal for a few weeks or months. After a while, they may want to start writing short stories or even their autobiography.
Boynton Beach Senior Living Communities: Dementia Care
In Boynton Beach, senior living facilities know it’s a challenge to keep seniors safe at home as their dementia progresses. Dementia care facilities in assisted living communities assure families that their elderly loved one is safe and well taken care of, despite the progression of dementia.
If you want to know more about Courtyard Gardens Senior Living’s care services, give us a call at (561)317-8902. We’ll be happy to answer all your queries!