Did you know there are several fun and innovative ways to sharpen your memory? As we grow older, it becomes more common to forget the simple things. It’s just a normal part of aging.
Perhaps you made a call to a family member, then forgot why you called. Maybe you’re beginning to forget times or routes to regularly scheduled events. All people easily forget these types of things at any age, however, it becomes more frustrating as we grow older.
Many people start to assume the worst, thinking it may be a sign of dementia or memory loss disease. However, loss of memory in aging adults isn’t as common as most believe.
Here are several strategies to help sharpen the mind and improve your mental-functioning.
- Continuous Learning
Experts believe continued education helps to sharpen the mind. When the brain is challenged or habitually and actively learning, it triggers the process to activate brain cell communication. Seniors can pursue additional hobbies or learn new skills. Residential care offers activities that encourage aging adults to remain mentally active. Consider volunteering, writing or engaging in a choreographed dance, art or music class to mix things up. Any activities which require you to think a little harder can help.
- Utilize Each One of Your Senses
When learning new things, the more senses you engage, the more the brain becomes involved in absorbing the memory. Allow your sense of touch to interact with your sense of smell and vice-versa. This triggers the use of more than one sense at once. Engage your senses as often as possible when in different or unfamiliar settings.
- Use Repetitive Conditioning
When attempting to learn or remember something, try repeating it out loud. Writing things down may be effective as well. This emphasizes the memory or makes a connection with what you are attempting to learn or remember.
- Believe You Can Do It
It’s essential to believe in yourself. Many aging adults in residential care are subjected to negative connotations regarding memory and growing old. Believing you do not remember things as you should can lead one to incorrectly assume you have memory issues. This negative self-belief may cause you not to work as diligently to strengthen the core of your memory process. Believing you have the power to strengthen your memory gives you a better chance at improving your ability to remember things.
Residential Care for Seniors
Broadview Residential Care Center can provide more information on our approach to memory conditioning exercises for seniors. Contact us today for more information about our residential care.