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Tips to Keep an Aging Brain Fit

By admin, 9:42 pm on January 18, 2013

With age, seniors become more susceptible to chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia and suffer from severe memory loss.  Although there are no known cures for these diseases, there are ways seniors can actively keep their brain fit to help prevent early onset of the disease and reduce the risk entirely.  Whether you get help from friends and family or from a Phoenix senior care provider, the following are simple ways you can keep your aging brain fit.

The first way to keep an aging brain fit is exercise.  While exercise has been known to prevent many types of diseases including heart disease and cancer, a senior who exercises regularly can also decrease their chance of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.  Studies show that exercise is the single best way to boos t mood, memory and learning, strengthening and protecting nerve cells in the brain.  Seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia and require specialty Alzheimer’s care in Phoenix should still exercise as regularly as possible to help slow the effects of the disease.

The second, and another commonly known way to keep the brain fit, is by maintaining a healthy diet.  Seniors who eat more fish, lean proteins, vegetables, and fruits tend to have a lower risk for developing brain diseases.  Nuts and kidney beans have also been linked to a decrease in brain diseases.  For seniors who may require assistance with nutritious meal preparation, consider a meal delivery service or a professional Phoenix caregiver.  This will ensure you receive nutritious meals and will also remove the risk for accidents in the kitchen as you begin to experience difficulty lifting items such as pots or pans or are unable to reach high shelves in the pantry.

Relaxation techniques are another great option to help senior’s maintain brain function and keep their brain fit.  As a person becomes stressed due to daily activities, the risk for impaired memory is increased.  One of the best exercises for relaxation is yoga; however, seniors can relax by doing any other activity that they enjoy. These activities may include gardening, reading, or simply spending time with family and friends.

A final and fun way to keep the brain stimulated is by doing crossword puzzles as well as other word games.  By challenging the brain, seniors increase the brain’s ability to produce more cells and also boost short and long term memory.

If you or a loved one needs additional assistance with household tasks or personal care as a result of memory loss, frailty or immobility, a home caregiver is an ideal solution.  Caregivers provide a variety of senior services to help maximize the comfort and safety of seniors from within their own home.