Senior Retirement Living Can Help Maintain Mental Acuity
A common misconception about aging is that memory loss is an automatic side effect of the aging process. This simply isn’t true. People of all ages occasionally lose their keys or forget an item on their grocery list. There is a difference between a memory lapse and dementia. It may take longer to recall information as one ages but that doesn’t indicate dementia. It can be frustrating, however.
You may also be surprised to learn that senior retirement and assisted living communities help seniors maintain mental acuity! Senior living communities offer seniors the ability to have an active retirement. Socialization is easier for people living in a senior community than for those attempting to maintain their own home. Communities provide social activities and exercise programs for residents. At Heart 2 Heart 4 Seniors, our Senior Transition Specialists can help you find the community which best fits your personality, needs and activities that you enjoy and would like to continue with.
Consider the following tips to help strengthen memory and reduce the frequency of memory lapses. While reading the tips it will become apparent that living in a senior community provides the opportunities to easily implement many of these tips.
Games are beneficial to the brain. A study done by the University of Iowa indicated that mental training games provided benefits in memory and concentration which lasted seven years after the training games were no longer utilized. Playing games that test the mind are not only entertaining, but are effective.
A study conducted in Southern California in 2008 indicated that older women with large social networks were less likely to develop dementia. In addition, the study indicated that regular social interaction can possibly prevent cognitive issues.
While it is commonly known that cardiovascular exercise is good for reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease, it is less common to realize the positive impact it has on the brain. Exercise provides oxygen-rich blood to the brain.
Studies have shown that fish such as salmon and tuna, which are high in omega-3 fatty acid, are beneficial to brain health. Eating a healthy diet, including fish, aids in brain health.
For additional information about senior retirement living, independent living, and/or assisted living options, contact us at Heart 2 Heart 4 Seniors. With our trained and caring Senior Transition Specialists, we will save you considerable time and stress.