As we age, many of us fear mental decline, especially that stereotypical forgetfulness that we see in movies and television shows. While Alzheimer’s and dementia are conditions that older people experience, it doesn’t have to be that way for every senior. The trick is doing activities every day that not only keep our minds sharp, but that also help us feel younger and more energetic.
Reading and writing. Last time, we talked about the value of reading for keeping dementia at bay. Reading can be a powerful tool, especially when you read a variety of materials that challenge your mind to think. Writing works much the same way, and it also stimulates your creativity. Some studies have shown that for seniors, reading and writing can prevent memory decline by almost one-third.
Exercise. Everyone needs exercise for a healthy body, and it also benefits your brain from increased blood flow and healthier cellular activity. Walking is a great exercise that doesn’t require special equipment. Other senior-friendly exercises include swimming, yoga, and tennis. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise activity to be sure it’s a healthy choice for you.
Proper posture. A sharp mind comes down to blood flow because optimal blood flow delivers healthy nutrients to your brain cells. You might not associate good posture with a sharp mind, but consistent slouching can impede that blood flow. Always aim to sit or stand with proper posture for a healthy body and mind.
Sufficient sleep. Your brain needs to rest for optimal health, so it’s important to prioritize good sleep. In seniors, medications and some medical conditions can cause you to wake up several times each night, so it’s important to practice healthy sleep patterns so you get the rest you need.
Some other activities that keep your mind sharp include:
- Healthy eating
- Drawing and art activities
- Playing games like chess, trivia, and puzzles
- Music, both listening and instrument playing
- Finding a new hobby
- Learning a new language
Keeping your mind sharp is an important part of a healthy, active senior lifestyle. And when it’s time for you to consider transitioning to a senior living apartment, contact the experts at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living. We developed our senior apartments and amenities to support an active, healthy senior lifestyle in a friendly, inclusive community so you can enjoy a great lifestyle in your senior years. Connect with us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.