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Help Seniors Avoid Cognitive Decline

By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on

As seniors age, they have an increased risk for memory and cognitive conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Though there is no way to prevent them, there are ways to help your loved one decrease his or her chances of developing these conditions. Read on for four ways that seniors can help prevent cognitive decline and delay the onset of memory conditions, presented by a leading provider of senior home care in Palm Beach.

1. Socialize with Peers
As your loved one gets older, he or she is less likely to spend time interacting with peers. However, research shows that socialization is an important part of brain health at every stage of life by promoting mental acuity and helping avoid cognitive decline. Encourage your loved one to participate in activities at their local senior center to maintain and build social ties. From arts and crafts to workshops, these activities will help your loved one build stronger social bonds with other seniors in their community, while also keeping his or her mind engaged.

2. Listen to Music
Recent studies show that seniors who have trouble remembering spoken information can improve their verbal memory by listening to music every day. Likewise, music helps the cognitive processes that are slowed by dementia and Alzheimer’s function at a healthy, natural rate. To begin helping a loved one with one of these conditions, simply have an hourly or live-in caregiver in Palm Beach turn on the radio during breakfast, or play an instrumental album during dinnertime.

3. Eat Blueberries
Every senior’s diet should be rich in fruits and berries such as blueberries, which are chock-full of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. These ingredients improve glucose metabolism in the brain, which promotes faster cognitive function. Consider having your elderly loved one drink at least one cup of blueberry juice every morning, or incorporate blueberries into his or her daily breakfast. Many seniors enjoy having blueberries sprinkled into their Greek yogurt or on top of whole grain cereals.

4. Exercise Daily
Physical and age-related challenges often lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, but getting daily exercise is a key part of maintaining a healthy brain and body. To help your loved one start exercising, encourage him or her to try walking, swimming, golfing, or even climbing the stairs. Because a healthy cardiovascular system promotes brain health, these easy exercises can boost memory and promote cognitive acuity and vitality. Reducing cardiovascular disease risks such as high blood pressure and untreated diabetes will also help slow cognitive decline.

While age-related conditions can affect your loved one’s cognitive health, making these  lifestyle changes can help. To ensure your loved one has the assistance he or she needs to make these changes, consider hiring a Palm Beach part-time caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Our high-caliber senior care services help promote senior health and wellness, helping to ensure your loved one can be healthy and comfortable while continuing to live at home. To learn more about our home care services, give a Care Manager a call at 561-429-8292 and schedule a complimentary no-obligation consultation.