While mental gymnastics may seem like the most essential tool to keeping the brain limber, research has shown that a number of factors contribute to the ability to maintain maximal mental clarity and cognition throughout life. Listed here are a few of the most important brain-protecting activities that are worth undertaking at any age, presented by the Albuquerque dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance.
Get Moving

The most important factor for maintaining mental acuity is physical activity. Regular exercise has now been shown to cut the risks of developing dementia by as much as 50 percent. Even those who have started to show signs of age-related mental decline can halt and sometimes reverse symptom progression through physical activity.

Even minor increases in activity levels may be enough to make a difference in preventing dementia. Try adding one minute per day of walking, according to comfort and fitness levels, until reaching a daily routine of at least half-hour long walks. Looking for the greatest activity benefit? Staying sharp-witted is most likely for those who stay light-footed: studies show that dancing is the single most potent protection against dementia.

Keep Learning

Staying mentally active also plays a role in preventing the onset of dementia, an effect that may be achieved using surprising simple exercises. Research has shown that something as subtle as such as holding utensils with the other hand at mealtime or any other variation in daily routines, can keep the brain adept at using more of its neuronal pathways. For greatest benefit, work on memorization and learning new skills, components of which are found in activities such as learning a new language.

At Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque, we encourage our clients to continue learning by offering our revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method which has been shown to increase mental acuity and boost brain health for seniors of all cognition levels. Learn more about this activity based in-home wellness program here.

Stay Social

More than just a bit of fun, staying socially active adds a degree of protection against dementia. Consider learning those new activities in a group with a community center or organization. Ask about other courses such as yoga or Tai Chi that can enhance stress management and sleep quality, factors shown to further help ward off the development of dementia.

If you have an aging parent or loved one who has already been diagnosed with dementia, ensure that they get the care they need and deserve by reaching out to Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque today. We specialize in dementia care and offer flexible hourly and live-in care in Albuquerque, NM and have a team of highly trained and compassionate dementia caregivers. To request more information about our services or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 505-798-0800 today.

Published On: November 28th, 2014 / Categories: Dementia Care /