Keeping Your Mind Active in Long Term Care

Your mind is your most powerful tool, but it can be difficult to maintain it. Many people regard physical health as more important than mental, so when their ability to exercise their body begins to dwindle, they neglect their mind. While it may seem trivial, exercising your mind is the key to keeping yourself sharp. Below are some activities you can perform to keep your mind in tip-top shape.

Reading: During our childhood, we’re often encouraged to read regularly. However, as we age, we must force ourselves to pick up a book. For some reading is as droll and dreary of a task as walking in the rain. But even those who dislike reading can find literature on subjects they enjoy. Reading triggers the imagination and works the mind in a variety of ways. Whether you’re reading a book, newspaper, or magazine, reading will develop your cognitive functions and keep your brain working!

Activities: From puzzles to board games, there are a million ways for you to keep that brain active. These activities are great ways to exercise your brain and keep your mind healthy. A good puzzle will keep your mind focused for long periods of time, a board game will develop your strategy skills, or simpler word games like crossword puzzles will keep your brain on the move. For those who are more inclined to physical exercise, check and see what kind of activities are available in your area. There are plenty of ways for older folks to stay active in the summer or winter alike.

Socializing: Interacting with others is a great way to develop your critical thinking skills. As you interact with other people around you, you will pick up new ideas and spark discussions. These discussions will draw other people in. Before you know it, you will have a whole circle of new friends! Creating and maintaining new friendships is a great way to keep you mind lively and active, so always make sure to engage with others!

Physical Exercise: It is no secret that physical exercise improves mental functions and improves health. This is no exception for seniors. A walk around the building and some fresh air can work wonders for anyone. As you age, this is more important than ever, as these activities keep your body moving and help your mind get the oxygen it needs. This exercise also lets you get outside the walls of your long-term care facility and enjoy the outside world. Exercise is a fun and necessary tool for staying healthy, so even a short walk is better than nothing!

Keeping your brain in shape becomes increasingly important as you age. Just like a bodybuilder, seniors must build their minds to strengthen and improve them. Working the brain can not only improve cognitive function, but improve emotional happiness. Proper brain activity is just as important as getting the proper care, so don’t neglect it!

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