Aging is a natural part of life. Many physical and mental changes happen in the body as we get older—all of which can affect memory and thinking abilities. Keeping the mind active is just as important as maintaining physical health in your senior years. Here are five great ways to boost brain health as an aging adult.
Practice healthy eating habits
We all know that the foods we eat have a major impact on our health—brain health included! Seniors are no exception, and as you get older you will want to pay close attention to the foods you are putting in your body. A healthy diet is generally one that encompasses nutritious staples like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy. Eat sugary foods in moderation and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. When your body gets quality, nutritious foods, your body and brain can perform better and for longer periods of time.
Make physical activity a priority
Studies show that people who stay physically active are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and have a slower decline in mental function. Whether it’s going for a short daily walk or taking one of our group fitness classes, like Seniorcize®, physical activity in any form is important for maximizing brain function and improving overall health.
Stay connected with others
Staying socially engaged enhances mental health and improves cognitive functioning. Whether it’s a book club and baking venture, quilting or cards, becoming a member of a group can give you something to look forward to in your golden years. At Country Place Senior Living, we have many opportunities for residents to connect and socialize. Attending a social event, joining neighbors for dinner or simply chatting on the phone with a close family or friend for a few minutes can improve your brain health in the long run.
Get quality sleep
It is recommended that people over the age of 65 get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. However, it’s not uncommon to face sleep challenges as you get older. Since poor sleep can affect mood, concentration and memory, it is important that seniors find ways to achieve a better night’s rest. For starters, create a relaxing bedtime routine each night to promote healthier sleep habits. Avoid watching television or using electronic devices in bed, drink warm tea or milk to relax and go to bed at the same time every night. Always talk to your doctor if you are experiencing extreme tiredness or any symptoms that are preventing you from getting quality, consistent sleep.
Keep your mind active
Just as the body needs physical activity to stay strong, the brain also needs challenged to stay sharp and healthy as you age. In fact, many studies show that older adults who learn one or more new skills have more memory improvement than those who did less cognitive-related activities. Reading, writing, completing puzzles, playing games or learning a new instrument are just a few ways older adults can put their minds to work. At Country Place, we have an entire activity calendar dedicated to keeping our residents physically, mentally and emotionally engaged! With exciting activities happening on campus every day, there’s always something new to learn at Country Place.
At Country Place Senior Living, our communities are designed to improve the overall brain health and cognitive function of our residents. We focus on creating and maintaining positive lifestyle habits for our seniors that promote healthy aging – from increased exercise, activities and social connections to healthy eating habits and managing chronic health conditions. To learn more about our vibrant community life, contact Country Place today.