Keeping one’s brain healthy doesn’t take a lot of work. However, making healthier lifestyle choices can make all the difference. If you are a family caregiver, you can encourage your elderly loved one to do things that keep their brain healthy. The tips mentioned here today can be a great start for your elderly loved one.
Getting Rid of Stress
One of the first things your elderly loved one should do is to get rid of their stress. While they won’t be able to rid their life of stress completely all the time, they can start lowering their stress level. There are many ways they can get rid of stress in their life. Some of the things they can do include the following:
- Stop drinking alcohol
- Do yoga
- Talk about their feelings
- Make art
- Have a home care provider as a companion
- These are just some ideas of how your elderly loved one can lower their stress levels.
- Exercising Regularly
Exercising regularly is just one more way your elderly loved one can keep their brain healthy. By exercising, your elderly loved one is able to keep their heart healthy. This lowers their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. In addition, it helps to manage their blood pressure. If your elderly loved one doesn’t have a heart attack or stroke, this means their brain isn’t affected by these things. To help your elderly loved one keep their brain health through exercise, you can encourage them to do the following:
- Take a walk a few times throughout the week
- Do cardio exercises 2 to 4 times throughout the week
- Dance around their house
- Go for a bike ride
These are just some of the best exercises for your elderly loved one if they want to keep their brain healthy.
Using Mental Stimulations
Research shows that stimulating the mind can help to prevent cognitive decline. There are many mental stimulations that can help your elderly loved one to keep their brain healthy. Some of the things your elderly loved one can do include the following:
- Doing jigsaw puzzles
- Doing crossword puzzles
- Playing card games
- Playing Scrabble
- Taking online classes
- Learning something new
You and the homecare providers can encourage your elderly loved one to do these tasks to keep their brain healthy.
Do you want to help your elderly loved one keep their brain healthy? There are so many ways that this can be done. If you and the homecare providers encourage your elderly loved one to partake in these tips, you can help them to maintain and/or improve their brain health from this point forward.