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As we age our brains shrink in volume, leading to increased difficulty with memorization, multitasking, and overall decreased cognitive function. But there are plenty of things you can do to keep your brain healthy and counteract decline. Read below to find out how you can keep your brain young.
Build social networks. Building a strong community is essential to maintaining a strong brain. The community like atmosphere at Memorial Healthcare System can provide you with the social interaction you need. Memorial provides Adult Day Care with recreational and therapeutic programs scheduled throughout the day, along with a welcoming community, where there's always something to do.
Increase physical movement. Getting up and moving around will help you and your brain stay in shape. Exercise can help get those veins pumping full of oxygen, which is crucial for a healthy brain. From taichi to yoga, to belly dancing and everything in between, Memorial's Senior Partners program provides more than 300 monthly activities to help you get up on your feet and stay active.
Mentally challenge yourself. Games and puzzles can help you challenge your brain and help test your memorization capabilities. According to a study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, individuals over the age of 50 who regularly use puzzles, including games such as Sudoku and crossword puzzles, had a better cognitive function. Memorial Healthcare System helps patients stay mentally fit and keep their brains young by providing opportunities to play bingo and card games.
Listen to music. Involving yourself in regular musical leisure activities can have positive effects. Studies have shown that singing and listening to music can help improve mood, memory, and cognitive function. Music and dancing are a part of the regular routine at Adult Day Care, and for just $80 a day, you or a loved one can join in on all the fun and enjoy the benefits of listening to music in a welcoming, safe environment.
Care for yourself emotionally. Interacting with others is a great way to boost your mood. The environment that Memorial Healthcare System provides is safe and welcoming to each and every individual. The many group opportunities offered gives individuals a chance to interact with each other while enjoying activities they genuinely enjoy. Here your days will be full of opportunities to enjoy yourself, smile, and have some fun.
Memorial Healthcare System can help connect you to the right resources so that you can get the quality senior health care services that you need. Visit MHS.net to learn more about how Memorial can help keep you and your brain in great shape.