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November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month: 5 Ways to Boost Your Senior Loved One’s Brain

Decades ago, many people believed a person’s cognitive function always diminished with age, but this is not true. A senior’s brain can still function actively and effectively whenAlzheimer’s caregivers in Redondo Beachhelp recognize its needs. Below you will find 5 ways you can help boost your elderly loved one’s brain.

1. Journals and Diaries

Have your loved one write down the exciting things he or she has doneor the many accomplishments he or she has achieved over the years. This requires the brain to remain active remember things that might otherwise be forgotten. Do not push your loved one too hard.Instead, let him or her write as events are remembered. Make sure your loved one writes about things he or she would like to do in the future as well. Sharing about future desires and goals can help reduce stress and depression he or she may be feeling due to Alzheimer’s symptoms.

2. Nutrition

Eating healthy can help slow cognitive decline in seniors and may prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The more antioxidants you incorporate into your loved one’s diet, the more he or she can fight off free radicals, which are bad chemicals in the body. Fruits, fish, and green leafy vegetables are foods your loved one should eat to helpkeep free radicals to a minimum. The antioxidants contained within these foods can also help fight off diseases such as cancer.

3. Activities and Games

Activities and games that require your loved one to think are some of the best ways to boost his or her brain. You will want to buy crossword puzzles and picture puzzles that require thinking before acting. These types of games can stimulate your loved one’s brain and can be great ways for him or her to socialize with family members, friends, and Redondo Beach caregivers.

4. Regular Exercise

A senior who exercises on a regular basis can increase his or her mitochondrial development. This means your loved one’s brain cells can become revitalized through physical activity. This can also help reduce fatigue levels and increase sharp thinking.

5. Using the Internet

Using technology is known to boost a senior’s brain, which is why you should allow your loved one to surf the Web and sign up for social networking groups. Surfing the Internet can be better than watching television because it engages your loved one’s brain and he or she may learn new things. Everything your loved one accesses on the Internet requires him or her to engage, stretch, and discover, which necessitates mental effort.

Looking for other ways to stimulate your loved one’s mind? Consider Redondo Beach 24-hour care from Home Care Assistance. All of our caregivers are trained in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program that can help slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of memory related conditions. For more information, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (310) 504-0506 to schedule a free in-home consultation.