Brain Fitness and the Aging Brain: A Holistic Approach to Memory ImprovementMay 19, 2016 | Orchard Park
Brain fitness for seniors is becoming more popular than ever, due to research that shows it helps seniors' mental and physical well-being. Active senior living and memory care communities like Orchard Park help their residents prevent memory loss and promote overall brain fitness through proper nutrition, exercise, brain games, and active social lives. Read on to learn more about our memory exercises for seniors programs and recommendations for people seeking a more holistic approach to memory improvement.
Memory loss from lack of stimulation is one of the greatest health risks to seniors, especially those who live alone or who don't frequently socialize with friends and family. Experts agree that our brains, like our muscles, can atrophy over time if we don't stimulate them regularly. This means that activities like watching TV don't stretch our brains as much as activities like word games for seniors do.
We believe that providing memory improvement activities to our residents in Clovis, CA, helps them to live happy and fulfilling lives. The Orchard Park Memory Improvement Program is a way for us to focus on the importance of exercising the brain in order to combat memory loss. It also encourages residents to eat healthy meals and to exercise daily for additional health benefits.
Our program centers on brain games for seniors that are challenging fun and interactive. Some of the most popular games we offer our residents include Cranium Crunches, word builder activities, and trivia exercises. We also believe that creative expression and the discovery of new passions also strengthens the brain, so we strive to provide opportunities to try something new each month. Our residents love our Gardening Club, history classes, music appreciation events, poker nights, crafting sessions, and cake decorating, just to name a few. Recently, some of our residents have also been learning American Sign Language through YouTube videos, worksheets, and a visiting instructor.
Exercise and nutrition are just as important as memory games for seniors in keeping the brain healthy and agile. In fact, a 2013 study published in PLOSONE followed nearly 2300 men for 30 years and monitored their fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, BMI, and behaviors like non-smoking and adhering to moderate alcohol intake. The men in the study who followed four or five healthy behaviors were shown to be less likely to experience disease and cognitive impairment. To support healthy living, we offer plenty of physical activities like daily walks, ring toss competitions, sittercise, parachute fun, weight lifting, meditation, Zumba, and Wii Sports. We also provide a variety of nutritious meals and snacks to our residents, and emphasize a healthy, balanced diet that includes fish, vegetables, and whole grains.
Orchard Park is first and foremost a community, so we also highlight the importance of social support from friends, family, and neighbors. We encourage our residents to forge connections with staff, medical teams, and to make new friends when they try activities or clubs.
If you're interested in learning more about memory improvement for seniors and are near Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, CA, please contact us today to discuss the best solutions for you and your loved one. If your family member is in the later stages of memory loss, consider our Illuminations memory care living program, which also features memory improvement activities, but targeted to more advanced symptoms.
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