Keeping your mind and body active as you get older can be difficult. This is especially true for people whose hobbies once revolved around taking care of their home, but now reside in a nursing home that doesn’t require upkeep. It’s important to keep moving and keep thinking as you age. Mental exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of acquiring dementia by 50%. Physical exercise has quite a few benefits that help keep the brain functioning better for longer. A few weeks ago I talked about keeping seniors active and provided some local resources for seniors. This week I wanted to give seniors, and their kids, some ideas about what they can do on their own or with a group of friends.
Mental Exercise Ideas For Seniors
Scrapbooking – This activity keeps the fine motor skills active, maintains creativity, and helps keep memories fresh. Nursing home residents often like to share memories of their life and family, and scrapbooking can help aid in making the memories vivid.
Learning A New Language – Learning a new language seems to protect the brain, not to mention increasing the number of people you can communicate and become friends with.
Play Video Games – This again also increases fine motor skills and stimulates the brain.
Become A Photographer – Photography is something you can do alone or with other people that is not only creative but also keeps you physically and mentally active.
Learn To Play An Instrument – Music is another one of those hobbies that you can practiced alone or with some friends and may provide benefits similar to learning a new language.
Start A Blog – There are great places to start a blog for free with almost no technical skill needed. A blog provides similar benefits as scrapbooking but also lets you meet new people and learn how to use a computer. Here is a great list of free blogging sites, which includes some of the biggest sites like wordpress.com, blogger.com, livejournal.com, and tumblr.com.
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