Brains are just like any other body part, they need to be stimulated in order to stay as healthy as possible! Just like you must use your legs to keep them in shape, you must use your brain to keep it sharp. The aging process can be difficult to navigate, especially if one does not prioritize all aspects of their health–brain health being no exception.
When it comes to taking care of your loved one’s brain, this type of brain “exercise” doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, many activities that will keep both of your brains stimulated are very fun! The caring team at Heritage Point Assisted Living and Memory Care in Mishawaka, Indiana, have put together some suggestions for activities that are good for your brains, but also are tons of fun to engage in.
Didn’t believe me about the “fun” part? Time to prove it! One of the easiest ways of keeping one’s brain sharp is by playing mentally and intellectually stimulating games. Games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Jeopardy, and more can be both fun and mentally challenging. They will challenge the reflexes, memory, and creativity of everyone involved–which are key components to maintaining overall brain health. Even the competitive nature of games can be mentally stimulating because as you consider strategizing against an opponent, your brain will be receiving a healthy workout. It isn’t all fun and games; it’s promoting a healthy lifestyle as well!
Another subset of enjoyable activities that are great for brain health is social activities! Whether these activities are group discussions and lively debates, or nostalgic storytelling, social activities can easily become brain-healthy. Participating in conversation and storytelling stimulates the brain by engaging a senior’s memory, which helps them remain mentally sharp. Also, socializing in and of itself is proven to be beneficial for seniors’ overall wellbeing, as it helps combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. Sometimes, a brain-healthy social event can be as simple as a dinner conversation with a friend–but all these little things count!
At Heritage Point, a top memory care facility for seniors in Indiana, there are a ton of activities offered specifically catered towards memory care and promoting a healthy brain! This is perfect for seniors who may need more guidance and structure when it comes to engaging in social or mental activities. Since these events are hosted by staff professionals, there will be more personal assistance to make sure everyone is enjoying and benefiting from their activity of choice. Some examples of these memory-supportive activities are cooking activities, creative arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, trivia, and memory care therapies like music and VR therapy. All of these activities are offered especially for seniors to be able to practice brain-healthy habits, in the safety of a controlled environment and surrounded by peers they can relate to.
If these activities sound like something your senior loved one would benefit from or enjoy, Heritage Point could be the place for them. We are a premier memory care facility, where the holistic health of all of our residents will always be the top priority. Plus, we always have an endless supply of brain-healthy activities available for our residents to try on our weekly schedule!
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Heritage Point, contact our friendly team today.