The truth is that cognitive skills can decline with age. While it is normal to experience some forms of forgetfulness and find that certain tasks take longer to accomplish, abnormal cognitive decline can point towards dementia. Although there is currently no cure for dementia, catching it early can allow a better prospect by slowing down its effects. In this article, we share with you some effective ways of improving seniors’ cognitive skills.
Get in the Physical Activity You Require
Even simple exercises such as brisk walking and gardening can make a big difference. Individuals who exercise experience better blood flow and higher oxygen levels, resulting in higher energy levels as you age. This, in turn, leads to a lower likelihood of developing dementia and cognitive decline! While it definitely helps to get in your exercise, you will find that combining physical activity with cognitively stimulating activities makes the biggest difference.
Engage in Mentally Stimulating Activities
Do you or your loved one frequently engage in mentally stimulating activities such as reading, doing crosswords, or playing chess? By keeping your mind active, you are preparing yourself well to meet the demands of age. Studies have found that when older adults have the chance to exercise their reasoning and working memory skills, they are able to maintain a higher level of cognitive ability for longer.
Engaging in mentally stimulating activities has also been associated with better behavioral outcomes, which is a good sign for older adults struggling with social isolation and/or feelings of depression.
Engage Socially with Others
Did you know that older adults who regularly interact with other people – whether it is through a support group, church group, or any other avenue – consistently reported higher levels of mental wellbeing? In addition, engaging in socialization opportunities will require a moderate level of physical activity, whether you are simply going out for a meal, playing mini golf, or even singing karaoke.
Watch Your Diet
It’s never too early to start watching your diet. Maintaining a nutritionally balanced diet when you are young can go a long way in preserving cognitive skills down the road. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as cutting down the consumption of red meat are small changes you can make that go a long way. Loading up on omega-3 from fish is also a good idea.
The Summit Offers a Range of Retirement Options in Our Stylish Community
Are you or a loved one finding it hard to access the socialization opportunities and amenities you need from home, or are you feeling unmotivated to get out there and get engaged? At The Summit, both our independent living and assisted living have access to a comprehensive range of exclusive lifestyle programs, including a senior-focused health & fitness program and complimentary chauffeured transportation. When you schedule a tour of our community, you will be treated to a complimentary lunch on us as well as a detailed tour of our grounds.