Dementia Care: Top Ways to Love Your Brain by Keeping It Active
Alzheimer’s disease is perhaps one of the greatest puzzles we have yet to solve, and for those of us who care for the aging, we’re waiting with bated breath for the many unknowns to be unraveled. Thanks to organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, education and resources are at our fingertips to not only provide the dementia care that seniors who struggle with Alzheimer’s need today, but to learn ways that we can perhaps reduce our own chances of developing the disease.
For instance, research now shows that modifying our lifestyle to maximize brain and body function can stave off cognitive decline. These tips are a great place to start:
- Keep moving. We hear about the benefits of regular cardio exercise all the time, and now can add the additional bonus of keeping our brain healthier too.
- Never stop learning. Exercising the brain is just as important as staying physically fit. It’s never too late to learn a new language, to play a musical instrument, to become proficient in a new computer program – whatever sparks your interest.
- Make good choices. Smoking contributes to cognitive decline, but quitting now can reduce that risk. Likewise, healthy dietary choices, including plenty of fruits and vegetables and less fat, can have a positive impact on brain health.
- Pal around. Stay socially engaged and avoid isolation. In addition to maintaining steady, regular contact with friends and family, try volunteering for a cause you care about, or joining a group related to a favorite interest or pastime, such as gardening or singing in a choir.
- Optimize mental wellness. Since depression may be linked to cognitive concerns such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (among other issues), it’s important to seek the care of a mental health professional if symptoms are suspected.
To The Rescue is here to assist older adults in Colorado and Iowa with professional dementia care, as well as a full range of in-home care services according to each person’s unique needs, including:
- Help around the home with meals, laundry, and housecleaning
- Nursing and therapy services
- Running errands
- A senior day program
- And more
We’d love to sit down with you and your senior loved one to learn more about your particular situation and the challenges you’re facing. Together, we’ll come up with an appropriate plan of care to help improve quality of life and allow him or her to live life to the fullest. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call any time at 720-851-2100 (Colorado) or 319-826-6068 (Iowa) to learn more!