A lot of Americans aged 65-and-over don’t exercise their brains like they should. Instead they spend countless hours watching TV while bogged down in stagnant routines. Studies focused on seniors have determined that when they don’t stimulate their minds with healthy activities, it can lead to loneliness and depression. And, when it’s happening to your loved one who’s still aging in place at home, it’s concerning.
Researchers have further found that a senior’s mind can stay sharp well into their 80s when exposed to enjoyable activities, which helps prevent memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. If you’re currently caring for a senior who could benefit from a rejuvenating burst of mental activity, here are some fun ways to make it happen.
Get Them Socializing Again
Have you noticed mom or dad has stopped socializing with their friends like they used to? Socializing with others not only stimulates our mind, but it’s also a great way to learn new things and improve self-esteem. If your loved one’s mobility is still good, encourage them to get out and meet new friends. If transportation is a problem, arrange for a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, or many communities offer free public bus services for seniors. Here are some social activities they might enjoy:
- Joining a gym. There’s probably a senior-friendly gym nearby where they can take a Yoga class that will benefit both their mental and physical health. Water aerobics is another low-impact form of exercise that’s ideal for the elderly.
- Golf. Golfing is a great activity for seniors as it combines physical exercise, brain power and socializing, all while being outdoors. Senior leagues are available at most golf courses, and other fun league activities they might enjoy include pickle ball, shuffle board or horseshoes.
- Travel club. If there are some exciti