According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, keeping the brain active helps to increase its vitality, which could lead to a new reserve of brain cells and connections that are important for avoiding mental decline. At Country Villa Assisted Living, with locations in Freedom and Pulaski, WI, they provide activities specifically designed with dementia care in mind to keep residents mentally stimulated.
If you want to protect your brain or a loved one’s brain against memory loss, here are a few dementia care activities that have been shown to help keep the brain curious and engaged:
- Exercise: Each week, strive to get in at least 150 minutes of moderately intense cardio and strength training exercises. According to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, this could reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50%. Good exercises to perform include brisk walking, dancing, swimming, and using weights, resistance machines, and isometrics. It’s also recommended that you start practicing balance and coordination exercises, such as yoga or Tai Chi, to reduce the likelihood of falling and receiving a head injury.
- Learn Something New: Whether it is learning to write with your opposite hand or to speak a new language, introducing your brain to new challenges helps to improve cognitive functioning while performing normal daily activities. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, individuals who made an effort to regularly learn something new continued to show mental improvements 10 years down the line.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet: Growing research points to a connection between metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, and the signal processing systems between brain cells. For dementia care, try to maintain eating habits that work to reduce inflammation and prevent insulin resistance. This means eating less sugary foods and refined carbs and consuming more vegetables, beans, whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acids.
For more dementia care tips on improving mental activity, contact Country Villa Assisted Living today. Call (920) 422-4620 for their Freedom location or (920) 422-4629 for their Pulaski senior living facility. You can also visit their website to learn more about the services provided at both places.