It’s sad but true – cognitive powers decline the older you get. There is good news, however. As the years progress, it is possible to keep a sharp mind. By at least 40%, memory can be improved, even in older adults, through cognitive training.
Would you like to increase your brain game or help keep the mind of an aging loved one sharp? To boost brain health, we are going to present some science-backed methods. You won’t even need a lot of time to get started – and see results – when it comes to keeping your brain as young as possible.
Healthy Foods Stimulate a Healthier Brain
Consider the following foods to promote overall health where your brain cells are concerned:
- Fish and fish oil
- Olive oil
Get an Appropriate Amount of Sleep
Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep. Lying in bed all day and sleeping when you probably shouldn’t be isn’t healthy, granted. But it is important to get as much sleep as you can, in most cases. As a very average, rough estimate, the human body needs approximately 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night (this is for people age 65 and over). In addition, try avoiding heavy foods and limiting your intake of alcohol and stimulants (before bed) for better sleep habits.
Watch Your Stress Level
Though you may think you don’t have much control over stress, you have more control than you may realize. Whether through meditation, yoga, or some other mind-clearing/relaxation activity, do what you can to reduce your level of stress. Realize the triggers in your life and try to eliminate as many as possible.
Watch Your Blood Pressure
Chances are, every time you visit your physician, they take your blood pressure. Keep an eye on it. Over time, high blood pressure can not only be dangerous (increases the risk of a stroke) but can also deprive your brain of the blood and nutrients it needs.
Keep Your Mind Active
Through games, arts and crafts, music, etc., you can help keep a sharper mind. Draw. Paint. Write in a journal. Do word puzzles. An individual’s cognition can be enhanced by playing games such as Scrabble, chess, trivia, sudoku, and more.
We don’t want to assume, but many people 65 and over may not engage in jogging around the block. That’s okay! What’s important is that a person stays as physically active as they can. If high-impact exercise is no longer practical, consider swimming, chair yoga, sit and be fit routines, and more. As long as a person gets their heart rate up and their muscles moving, that’s what’s important.
Keep a Sharp Mind By Participating in the Programs and Activities at Discovery Village At Dominion
Discovery Village At Dominion offers several distinct options for retirement living: assisted living, SHINE® Memory Care, and independent living.
By active participation in our Dimensions Health and Wellness program, and by attending the numerous scheduled activities and events available courtesy of our Celebrations program, it’s far easier to keep a sharper mind and a healthier outlook on life.
Take a trip downtown or simply sit in our beautifully landscaped courtyard with friends or relatives. The choice is yours. There’s a little something for everyone here at Discovery Village At Dominion.