Four Activities to Keep Your Senior’s Brain Sharp

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There are lots of great reasons to keep your senior’s brain going for a long time. For starters, it keeps her engaged in the world around her. This also helps your elderly family member to reduce the risk of dealing with cognitive decline later that robs her of her ability to think and to do the things she loves doing.

Senior Care Northampton PA - Four Activities to Keep Your Senior’s Brain Sharp

Senior Care Northampton PA – Four Activities to Keep Your Senior’s Brain Sharp

Alternate Activities She Already Loves

Make note of some of the activities your senior already enjoys. If she loves baking and cooking, incorporate both into her weekly routine as regularly as possible. If puzzles are her thing, find similar activities, like sliding puzzle games, and incorporate those, too. Building on the fun activities that your elderly family member already enjoys doing allows her to experience a little bit of new alongside the stuff that is familiar and comforting.

Add New Activities to the Equation

New activities challenge your senior’s brain and keep it working overtime. Trying new crafts is an excellent way to do this. Even though the idea is similar, your senior might be trying something that is completely new for her, which gives her brain something to really go to work on. There might be some activities that she’s always wanted to try but didn’t have the time to do before.

Learning New Things Is Important

If learning is more up your senior’s alley, then it’s worth taking the time to sign her up for classes or even private lessons. She can learn all sorts of things, like playing a new instrument, or any of a million other topics. Maybe there’s a class on herbalism at the local community college. Giving that a try can be a huge boost for your senior’s brain.

The Brain Needs New Stimuli

Ultimately, your senior’s brain needs new stimuli regularly. That might be tough for you to do on your own, but it’s something that other people can help with regularly. This is another reason that having an active social life can be hugely beneficial for your elderly family member. Every person that your elderly family member interacts with and engages with is another bit of stimuli for her brain and for her spirit.

Keeping your senior’s brain active and engaged can be a lot of fun for both of you. If you’ve got other obligations that take you away from her often, though, you can get help from senior care providers to manage your senior’s day effectively.

If you or a loved one are in need of Senior Care Services in Northampton PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
About the author: Carole Chiego
Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author