Engaged Minds Stay Stronger
Time naturally takes its toll on individuals’ minds, but lifestyle choices can play a large role in preventing memory loss and diminished cognitive skills. Comfort Keepers®’ caretakers have extensive experience helping seniors maintain healthy routines that ultimately benefit both their minds and their moods.
The Mental Benefits of Staying Active
Everyone knows that regular movement benefits the heart, but not as many people are aware of exercise’s positive impact on the mind. In fact, doctors believe that regular activity can stave off dementia. One study that explored this notion tracked the health of women over 65, as well as how many blocks they walked on average. Unsurprisingly, those who walked more blocks were less likely to experience a decline in their mental abilities.
Comfort Keepers can assist older individuals with activities that safely encourage healthy movement, all the while minding the specific physical needs of the client.
Mental Exercises Strengthen Cognitive Abilities
Just like working out leads to strong muscles, mental exercises can lead to a strong mind. Researchers uncovered that even activities we may take for granted, like using a computer or creating crafts, can slow the effects aging has on the brain.
We work with our clients to find hobbies that bring joy and mental engagement to their lives. Common activities include board games, puzzles, sewing, and baking. Our caregivers cater their clients’ interests and capabilities to offer the perfect set of mental exercises.
Socializing is Good for the Heart and the Mind
Loneliness can negatively impact both mental health and mental agility. Interacting with others not only provides mental exercise, but it bolsters long-term memory.
When hiring our caregivers, we considered both their capabilities and their innate compassion. We grew our team with professionals who demonstrate a genuine interest in forging strong connections with seniors. Through our unique Interactive Caregiving™ approach, our caregivers provide clients with genuine friendships that build regular socializing into their routines.
We Help Seniors with Diminishing Mental Functions
Our caretakers provide support to older individuals whose decreased mental faculties can make important tasks more challenging. Assistance we provide includes:
- Reminders to take medications and eat regularly
- Helping with chores, such as cooking or light cleaning
- Driving and performing errands
- Support during mood-lifting activities
Our experienced team has worked with many older adults with diseases like Alzheimer's, and we can lend thorough recommendations for how we can best assist. Additionally, we offer seniors and their families the flexibility to customize their program to address their individual needs and lifestyle.
Help the senior in your life today stay mentally and emotionally engaged by contacting a local Comfort Keepers office in your area.
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