People fear memory loss, and the decline of other mental functions that seem to come with age. Not everyone will experience memory loss, though. According to some recent studies, there are 1 in 3 people who will have no apparent decline in mental capacity as they travel through their 70’s and 80’s.
Everyone seems to want to know what to do to maintain brain function with age. Doing simple things like daily walking and other forms of physical exercise are important. Keeping your brain actively engaged is essential. When older adults are involved in helping young children to learn how to read, they gain as much benefit as others who are involved in exercise programs.
Brain imaging studies have concluded that it only takes a few months for reading volunteers to show beneficial changes within their brains as a result of the teaching of reading skills. These changes were almost identical to the positive brain results experienced by those who were involved with an exercise program.
Imagine the healthy brain benefits experienced by senior adults who are teaching reading as well as participating in regular exercise! Senior care services can help the elderly adult participate in both of these programs. There are English as a second language (ESL) classes in most cities, and volunteer reading programs at most public libraries. If your loved one’s care provider can’t find either of these programs within the community, then invite a young family member to go to great-grandma’s house to get some reading lessons!
Your elderly mom’s care provider can also make sure your mom is participating in regular exercise, either by going out on walks together every day, going to a swimming pool, going bowling, gardening, or anything else that helps her to get up and moving around on a regular basis.
It should be no surprise that mental exercise as well as physical exercise contribute towards increased brain function. If studies have shown it to be so very beneficial for seniors, imagine if everyone took this advice to heart! Every generation could benefit from participating mentally and physically in more activities.
The entire family could get involved by planning monthly or biweekly activities for everyone to participate in, like a walk around the lake as a family, a trip to the pool, a small hike with a picnic at the end, etc. These activities would strengthen family unity as well as being healthy for the seniors in the family.
There’s no one answer to the question of when the time is right for in-home care.
However, if you consider the points raise here today, you’ll have a better idea of when it’s time for in-home care.
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