Keeping your mind and memory sharp is critical as you age to continue living a safe and independent lifestyle. There are many great ways to promote a sharp memory; Part 1 of this blog series noted that playing games, socializing, and eating well are all good ways to keep your mind sharp. Hiring an elder care agency for homemaker services and companion care are also great options for seniors living independently. Here are 3 more ways to keep your memory sharp in your elder years: Great Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp
The world is full of knowledge, and continuing on a journey of learning is extremely important in order to keep your mind sharp and active in the elder years. Find what interests you; what passions do you have? What are you curious about? What can you learn from others around you? What’s more, what knowledge do you have that you can teach others? These are all great things to consider as we all continue throughout life, and everyone can benefit from engaging their brains with a lifelong learning mindset. By learning new things, you continue to stimulate your mind and make connections, a vital piece of keeping your mind healthy.
Read & Write
Reading is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a whole other world and can be a great way to stimulate your mind and keep your brain active. There are many options when it comes to reading; consider delving into books that interest you, magazines, blogs, newspapers, and even turning on the subtitles when watching television or a movie can stimulate your brain! Writing is another great way to keep your mind sharp; keeping a journal helps you keep track of your day-to-day life and can be fun to look back on. Or you may consider writing down memories (include photos from the past if you’re able!) and sharing your memories with your loved ones. Whatever you choose to do, reading and writing are great ways to keep your mind sharp and healthy.
Engaging in healthy habits like eating well and being active is great for keeping your mind sharp. Moreover, minimizing unhealthy habits is important for cognitive function as well. Consider quitting smoking as it can be associated with faster cognitive decline. If you drink alcoholic beverages, it’s wise to do so moderately. Doing either of these in excess can be harmful to the brain and other areas of the body, so it’s wise (for a person of any age) to engage in healthy habits and minimize habits that hinder brain functioning.
Stimulating your mind and engaging in healthy habits are key to healthy cognitive functioning and good memory. At Pinnacle Home Care, we are proud to offer several home care services from companion care to in-home skilled nursing to help promote safe and independent living for seniors. Our professionals can help monitor your health and wellness to ensure you’re on your best path through life. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more, and watch for Part 3 for a few more great ways to keep your memory sharp!