Sep 6, 2018 by Anonymous
The occasional memory lapse or "senior moment" can be frustrating or even scary for many seniors. It isn't just the frustration of not being able to find the car keys, it is the fear that the brain is not cooperating and responding the way it is supposed to. Thankfully, most memory lapses are not serious. Even better, there are things that can be done to boost brain power and limit the risk of cognitive decline and a Comfort Keepers home health aide can help.
Exercise increases the blood flow and oxygen levels to the brain while releasing stress reducing anti-depressant chemicals in the body. This is good for brain health and memory optimization.
Eating nutritious meals high in B-vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids that are low in saturated fat and sugar help keep the brain properly fueled. Supplementing with ginkgo biloba may also help.
Getting a full 8 hours of restful sleep can help seniors avoid fatigue, brain fog, and memory challenges. Sadly, many seniors do not get the sleep they need due to incontinence, sleep apnea, and medication side effects.
Brain games like crossword puzzles and Sudokus can help stimulate the brain. Better yet, recent research suggests that any activity that keeps the brain active will provide the same benefits. Simply avoid as many passive activities like watching television or movies as you can. Instead, socialize with friends and family, go dancing, play some cards, and so forth.
A home health aide can help your senior loved one with their brain-boosting activities. From preparing brain-healthy meals to assisting with both physical and cognitive exercises, caregivers can make a huge difference in a senior’s life.
For more brain-boosting tips or to learn more about the many ways a Comfort Keepers home health aide can improve your senior loved one's quality and enjoyment of life, contact a care coordinator today.