Exercises for a Healthy Brain

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Posted: 4/10/2018 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Don’t let the long, cold winter put your brain into hibernation!

There are plenty of brain-stimulating activities to do while waiting for the Spring thaw. Research has shown that engaging in brain-stimulating activities regularly help seniors flex their memory muscles, increase concentration, and ward off depression.   

Other healthy habits such as staying physically active, getting adequate sleep, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining social contacts can help slow cognitive decline and manage certain symptoms of dementia.

Studies have shown that the mind, similar to the body, becomes weak if not “exercised” regularly.  Many options such as computerized/on-line games (Scrabble, Chess, and Solitaire for example) and problem-solving activities such as Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles help expand memory and pattern recognition, two skills that can slow progression of memory loss. 

Painting and Drawing can help keep senior's minds healthy
Learning a new hobby, even learning a new language is possible at any age and can boost self-esteem and increase quality of life.

The creative arts such as painting/drawing, music, crafts (try making a memory box or scrapbook), and even cooking are “brain boosters” requiring coordination of several parts of the brain at the same time. 

Seniors being socialCombining these activities with social interaction not only benefits the mind but allows a sense of community decreasing loneliness and helps to avoid getting “the blues”.

So keep busy and before you know it, Spring will be here. Then get outdoors for some gardening, walking, or any other physical activity to keep your body AND your brain healthy!

Caroline M. Jackson BS RN CHHC
Interim Health Care

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