Aging doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your mind at top performance. Certain lifestyle choices can elevate a senior’s thinking process to make them excel. Brain workouts are activating a stronger brain to boost a senior’s memory and thinking skills. Let’s get this show on the road to introduce seniors to the top 3 ways to activate your thinking cap!
Move your body
The impact of exercise on the senior mind is extremely beneficial. A connection between the mind and body can begin with a simple walk that works towards improving memory and cognitive function. The foot can signal the brain during a walk by sending pressure waves through the arteries, increasing blood flow – resulting in a healthier mind. Numerous physical activities can provide benefits, such as:
- Hiking on nearby nature trails
- Walking your dog
- Yoga or tai chi
- Water aerobics
Reading is brain power
Reading puts your brain to work, and that’s a very good thing. Those who engage their brains through activities such as reading, chess, or puzzles could be 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who spend their down time on less stimulating activities. The paper suggests that exercising the brain may help because inactivity increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, inactivity is actually an early indicator of the disease, or a little of each.
Not only does regular reading help make you smarter, but it can also actually increase your brain power. Just like going for a jog exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good workout. With age comes a decline in memory and brain function, but regular reading may help slow the process, keeping minds sharper longer, according to research published in Neurology. Frequent brain exercise was able to lower mental decline by 32 percent.
What senior’s put inside their body affects how they think – nuts and fish have been linked to a healthy brain.
Try out these 2 powerhouse foods to stimulate your brain:
1. Oily Fish
Essential fatty acids can’t be made by the body, which means they must be obtained through food. The most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish in the form of EPA and DHA. These fats are important for healthy brain function, the heart, joints and our general well-being. Although studies are at an early stage there is some suggestion that adequate amounts of omega-3 fats in your diet may help to relieve depression.
2. Pumpkin Seeds
Richer in zinc than many other seeds, pumpkin seeds supply this valuable mineral which is vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills. They’re also full of stress-busting magnesium, B vitamins and tryptophan, the precursor to the good mood chemical serotonin. Other useful food sources include beef, oysters, chickpeas and nuts including cashews and almonds.
Entrust of DeSoto: A Resident-centric Memory Care Community in Dallas, Texas
Entrust of DeSoto is a memory care community that puts resident well-being at the center of everything we do. We know that each person is unique. That’s why we offer a wide range of services and lifestyle options to nourish the body and create community.
We understand the importance of home cooked meals and nutrition for seniors and this attitude is reflected in our dining experience. If you or a loved one live near Dallas, Texas and need assisted living, contact Entrust of DeSoto today to learn about our 24-hour care and find out how we can help.