Oct 26, 2017 by Alan White
Comfort Keeper’s home care service is much more than the traditional bathing, feeding, and medication reminders. In fact, seniors are maintaining their youthfulness through brain exercise! Your mother or father has likely retired from their job some time ago, and they may just spend time relaxing around the house without anything to engage their brain. Today we want to discuss different health benefits associated with brain exercise.
Research is proving that physical exercise changes the brain and provides overall mental health benefits. When the body works, the brain responds even if it’s not actively trying to solve a problem or memorize something. Endorphins, the feel-good hormone, are released during exercise, which may be the reason exercise is associated with reduced anxiety and depression. Home care service providers may spot that your loved one consistently doesn’t feel as happy or is suffering from mood swings, before you or they notice. Exercise can help remedy this problem, though it isn’t guaranteed to solve it completely. A walk around the block and some daily stretches can help your mom or dad stay physically fit as well as mentally fit.
Memory loss and the onset of dementia tend to be less severe for older adults that make sure to train their brains. Studies have shown that exercising the mind in brain-training sessions can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. We recommend simple word games or puzzle games that your loved one can play on a tablet or a smartphone. A game liked Wordament (on Android and Apple) only requires 1 person at a time and your loved one can play at their leisure. Crosswords or Sudoku puzzles are also a great way for your loved one to exercise their brain – and they are much cheaper than a tablet! A book full of these puzzles costs around $10, and most newspapers have both a new Sudoku and a new Crossword puzzle available every day.
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