Cognitive Exercises For Seniors from Memory Care in Strongsville, OH

Work with your loved one to strengthen their cognitive function!

Elderly man with caregiver solving puzzles as memory training against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

As a caretaker of a loved one with dementia or memory challenges like Alzheimer’s, it can feel like there’s very limited ways to aid in your loved one’s well-being other than advocating for them or caring for their physical and emotional needs. When it comes to strengthening their cognitive function, many come up empty with ideas – especially in the early days of diagnosis when there is a steep learning curve for both caregivers and their loved ones.

At Cardinal Court Memory Care & Transitional Assisted Living, Ohio residents in our care have an incredible team of health professionals that can provide support with cognitive exercises. That said, we want to empower the caretakers of our community members to partake in these activities. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite simple cognitive exercises you can do with your loved one, or even to keep your own mind sharp and active! Check out our list below!

Try Something New

One of the best ways to give a mind a workout is to challenge it by learning a new skill. While many of us have beloved pastimes that do help improve or maintain cognitive function, by adding in something new, we can offer our brains and bodies a chance to improve and grow. In fact, learning something new creates myelin in the brain causing our neurons to move faster, therefore improving mental connectivity. Some good options are learning a new game, taking up knitting or crocheting, or even learning a new physical activity like bowling, gardening, or swimming.

Word Games

There’s a reason so many people take up word games like crossword puzzles, word searches, and other games like the New York Times’ Wordle, Connections, or Spelling Bee. Not only are these games a good way to challenge your mind, but they are great for word recall and short term memory, but they are also excellent social activities. A quiet afternoon spent with your loved one working on a crossword puzzle or word game can help with bonding, and strengthening social ties, which are also excellent for cognitive function!

I Spy

The simple childhood game of I Spy is a really great way to work with your loved one who may not have a firm grasp on the written word any more. You can even swap in I Spy for a bird watching competition, a flower identification game if you are strolling through gardens, or create a scavenger hunt for those looking for a more physically active experience. By meeting your loved one or even yourself on a level that is comfortable but still offers a challenge, cognitive exercises will be more beneficial than something that offers too much of a challenge. If an activity is so challenging and your loved one is resistant to doing it, it will have zero benefits at all!

When it comes to living a healthy life and improving your or your loved one’s quality of life, it’s important to use a holistic approach. Eating well, exercising the body, and implementing cognitive exercise into your or their daily routine is imperative. We hope these suggestions bring you a little more clarity on ways you can work with your loved one to maintain or even improve their cognitive function!

If you are interested in learning more about our amazing community at Cardinal Court, please give our friendly team a call! We’d be delighted to answer your questions and schedule a tour of our wonderful residences.

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