Mental Exercises for the Elderly

In response to COVID-19, we know that many seniors aren’t able to enjoy their normal routines. It’s easy to become a bit stir crazy being inside the same space with limited access to outside personnel. Thankfully, our caregivers near Orland Park have come up with a list of brain activities to help seniors stay occupied during this trying time. Brain exercises come in all forms and difficulties, making it the perfect solution to help pass the time while simultaneously keeping your brain sharp.

Puzzles

An inexpensive way to occupy the time and keep your brain sharp? Puzzles. Science points to puzzles having dual benefits, as they’re good for both mental health and relaxation. Not only are traditional puzzles enjoyable, but you can also work on crossword puzzles or Sudoku to keep yourself engaged. According to a study performed in New York City, puzzles delay the onset of memory decline by an average of 2.54 years.

Arts & Crafts

Spark your creative side by completing arts and crafts. From quilting to pottery to color by the numbers, arts and crafts help lessen anxiety and promote feelings of happiness. Other examples of arts and crafts include painting, knitting, collages or candle making. If you can dream it, you can do it!

Practice Music

Music has long been linked to stimulating emotions and boosting memory, so why not utilize the power of music during this time? Think of music as a mental exercise; learn new song lyrics, practice singing or take on learning a new musical instrument.

Gardening

As the weather begins to warm up, don’t be afraid to take on gardening as a hobby. Not only will it provide physical exercise, but it will also promote a sense of calm. Gardening is a known stress-reliever for many. It is also linked to reducing the risks of dementia. According to a 2006 study, over 2,800 people over the age of 60 were tested, and gardening lowered the risk of dementia by 36 percent.

When it comes to staying occupied during this time, the opportunities are endless! Know that our team at Home & Hearth Caregivers is considered an essential business and we are taking sanitization processes very seriously. If you’re in need of our services, please reach out to our caregivers near Orland Park today.

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