Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. As the disease progresses, individuals are able to do less and less on their own. Oftentimes, the caregivers are also family members. This can cause a great deal of strain and strife for families. One way to combat the rapid decline of cognitive function is to keep the brain active.
Benefits of Cognitive Stimulation While Aging
Keeping the brain active can yield great results. Some ways that this helps individuals with dementia are:
- Encourage self-expression
- Foster emotional connections with others
- Lessen any anxiety and irritability that Alzheimer’s may bring
- Make people with Alzheimer’s feel more engaged
- Stir memories
Ways to Stay Cognitively Active
Some ways to keep a person’s mind active is by engaging in simple activities. Some of those activities are, but not limited to:
- Bake or cook simple recipes together.
- Clean around the house. Sweep the patio, wipe the table, fold towels or try other household tasks that help the person feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Do arts and crafts, such as knitting and painting. Keep patterns and tools simple.
- Look at books the person used to enjoy.
- Organize household or office items, particularly if the person used to take pleasure in organizational tasks.
- Read the newspaper.
- Play music or sing songs.
- Tend the garden or visit a botanical garden.
- Watch family videos.
- Work on puzzles.
These types of simulations are enjoyable for the senior as well as the caregiver. It gives them a time to bond while being able to do something good for the brain.
Orchard at Brookhaven is dedicated to keeping our residents’ brains active and healthy. We offer daily activities that foster the use of the mind to keep our residents thinking. For more information about our community and programs, please contact us.