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Helping Seniors Stay Sharp


The brain, like any other organ in the body, changes over time.  This change can vary from person to person.  The brain wears with age and small memory lapses are normal for seniors.  More significant brain issues can develop, though, which is why it is important for seniors to protect their brain health by staying sharp.  Seniors can do this both physically and mentally through several strategies.


Since the brain is an organ, it is affected by a variety of factors such as blood pressure, oxygen levels, food intake and the like.  Taking care of your brain physically can include:

  • Not smoking or drinking excessively
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a healthy diet with omega-e fatty acids
  • Maintaining a healthy cholesterol and weight
  • Managing blood pressure problems and stress
  • Stimulating the brain’s functions
  • Sleeping normal hours and durations (EverydayHealth)

Brains need to stay active to remain healthy so daily stimulation is essential for physical brain health.  It can also lead to improved mental wellness, decreased risk of depression, a sense of purpose, greater independence, improved memory, decreased boredom, a more positive mood, and increased concentration. (Alert 1, Positive Life Decisions)

Some fun tips to stay sharp can include:

  • Complete puzzles and mentally-challenging games (crosswords, puzzles)
  • Stay engaged socially
  • Learn new things independently or through classes
  • Add variety to routines
  • Use all five senses regularly
  • Switch hands for basic tasks
  • Build a model
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Record stories or memories
  • Drive a new route
  • Cook a new recipe
  • Read nonfiction
  • Learn new song lyrics
  • Watch mysteries
  • Practice a new language

(OEDBPositive Life Decisions)

Symptoms of boredom from lake of mental stimulation are sometimes not recognized by seniors.  These can include feeling grumpy, lonely, or purposeless.  It can also lead to problems with appetite, sleep, and mood.  Caregivers who notice these symptoms can suggest more mentally-engaging activities.  It is also important that seniors have time to mentally relax and de-stress.

Safe @ Home is proud to help our clients stay active mentally and physically.  We would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we can help you stay healthy in your home.

(ClearCare Monthly)

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