We’re going to clear the air here right now. If you look around for information on ways to help your loved one as they age, you’ll find that brain teasers are a good idea. They work the mind and that’s an important thing at any age. Crossword puzzles, riddles, math problems, and more are all ways that you can get exercise for the brain. So when your loved one is receiving any type of home care services, they might suggest (or you can make the suggestion) that brain teasers become part of the regimen.">

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Brain Teasers and Home Care Services: What’s Good for the Goose …

Posted: 1/18/2014 8:23 PM by Interim HealthCare
We’re going to clear the air here right now. If you look around for information on ways to help your loved one as they age, you’ll find that brain teasers are a good idea. They work the mind and that’s an important thing at any age. Crossword puzzles, riddles, math problems, and more are all ways that you can get exercise for the brain. So when your loved one is receiving any type of home care services, they might suggest (or you can make the suggestion) that brain teasers become part of the regimen.

Yet this isn’t just for the elderly patient, though. It can also be a great way to keep the in home care provider, or you, fresh and on your toes. The brain at any age needs exercise, and what’s good for the goose … as they say … should be good for the gander. It’s easy to just hand over a couple of brain teasers to your loved one, but why not do them with him or her? If your mother is working on a riddle, then you and/or the in home care service provider should also be working on them.

Why is it important for the in home care provider and even you to be doing these with your loved one?

First, it makes the activity a
group activity, which can have a powerful and positive impact on the elderly patient. When they know that they are working as a part of a group, then they might not feel as alone in the process of working through the puzzle.

You can also make it a fun little competition (though you want to make sure that you give some latitude, especially if your mind is more inclined to solve puzzles).


Another reason why it’s a good idea to take part in this activity with your loved one, or encourage the in home care provider to do them, is because the brain is a muscle and just like every other muscle in your body, it requires exercise.

Without proper exercise, then it won’t function at the highest levels. By working on these types of puzzles and brain teasers, you’re going to be encouraging your loved one and be doing something great for you and, if you hired them,
home care services as well.

Brain teasers are good for both the elderly patient and the caregivers. If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care services, please contact Interim HealthCare. G+ 

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