Memory impairment with aging is a fact of life for many of us. Oftentimes we see it happening in our seniors, even though it happens to us too! Researchers report that the brain function decline if aging can begin when we are only age 45 and that by age 80 normal people have lost 40% of their memory.
BOOSTING SENIORS' MEMORY
Help them get enough sleep.- Seven to eight hours of sleep each night is ideal for many.
Encourage them to eat well.- Not only eating a well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetable, whole grains and low fat foods but also including some foods that stimulate brain health such as omega3 from fish and antioxidants from fresh fruit.
Find ways to keep your senior active- walking, yoga, tai chi and other favorites to keep the body moving.
Provide mentally stimulating activities such as brain fitness games, crossword puzzles, reading, singing and playing cards.
Engage them in social activities. Attend cultural and musical events, senior centers, support groups, volunteer opportunities or club sponsored activities.
Seek out the advice of your senior's doctors. There may be medications or uncontrolled chronic diseases negatively affecting their memory that can be corrected.
Drink plenty of fluids. Seniors who are even mildly dehydrated can suffer cognitive impairment.
Get your senior connected. Join family and friends on social networking sights, such as Facebook, will exercise their brains but also keep them engaged, learning new skills and enjoying their connections.
Gayle Holmes, Marketing Director
ATLANTIC HOME STAFFING