In the United States, approximately 40% of people over the age of 65 experience age-related memory impairment. Memory and mental health are closely connected. (NCBI) Helping seniors stay sharp can also improve their quality of life. This is our goal at Queen City Elder Care.
Top Strategies for Maintaining a Healthy Memory
To maintain a healthy memory, seniors must stay mentally active. That doesn’t have to be taxing, though! Some strategies for maintaining a healthy memory are things seniors might already do as part of their everyday lives. Here are a few ideas.
- Read and write regularly.
- Play games, solve riddles, and complete puzzles.
- Try learning to play an instrument or take up a new hobby.
- Take a class at a community college, university, or adult education center.
- Spend time in conversation and socializing.
Factors Affecting the Memory
The brain is part of the body. Seniors’ physical health will affect cognitive function, including memory. Pay attention to factors that affect memory, like:
Exercise is good for the brain. Activity promotes good circulation, so your mind gets the oxygen it needs. Plus, your brain and memory both work when you have to make coordinated motions or follow a workout routine.
Brains need fuel. Research by Harvard University shows that diets high in saturated fat can inhibit memory, while healthy diets rich with fish, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are good for maintaining a healthy memory.
Sleep and Rest
A tired brain can’t devote as much energy to making or storing memories. Seniors should get plenty of sleep.
Here are a few easy everyday brain training techniques you can do at home.
- Do crossword puzzles
- Memorize something
- Write down one new thing you’ve heard or learned
- Play a challenging game
- Choose a topic to research
- Take a class or listen to a lecture
- Use your non-dominant hand for a simple activity
- Practice using all your senses
- Repeat something you’ve learned to someone else
If your loved one is suffering from memory loss and needs extra help at home in the greater Cincinnati area, give Queen City Elder Care a call.
If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring Home Care Services in Indian Hill OH, please contact the caring staff at Queen City Elder Care today. Serving Cincinnati and Surrounding Communities. Call Us Today (513) 510-4410.
Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.