Haven Healthcare: Keeping Your Mind Sharp as You Age
At Haven Healthcare, we offer a variety of services that cater to seniors, including physical therapy and inpatient rehab management for assisted living communities. We know that many people experience problems with memory as they get older, and although physical changes in the brain are somewhat inevitable, you can decrease the severity of your symptoms by keeping your mind sharp and active. Here are a few ways to get started.
How Does the Brain Age?
You may have had your first “senior moment.” Perhaps you opened the closet to grab something, but you couldn’t remember what you needed, or perhaps you walked out to the car without your keys. You may feel concerned, but these moments are completely normal.
Everyone experiences some problems with memory when they age due to physical changes in their brain. As you age, the volume of your brain gradually shrinks. When this occurs, some nerve cells in your brain lose contact with other nerve cells, making it more difficult to remember things. Minor memory fog is completely normal, but if you experience significant lapses in memory, frequent confusion, or problems with mobility, you should talk to a doctor since these are signs of dementia.
Staying Sharp as You Age
The physical changes in your brain may be inevitable, but you can slow their onset. By keeping your mind sharp and active, you can decrease the severity of aging and experience fewer “senior moments.” One of the most effective ways to keep your mind sharp is to stay active and follow a healthy, balanced diet. Sedentary lifestyles are known to increase your chances of dementia, so be sure to get out and move as much as possible.
Regular exercise will also lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, conditions that are often linked to dementia. If you are looking for a way to get more exercise, talk to Haven Healthcare about our physical therapy services. You should also avoid alcohol and tobacco products, both of which increase your chances of dementia. If you smoke, stop as soon as possible, and only drink in moderation.
In addition to lifestyle changes, you can stimulate your brain through social interaction and by learning new skills. In your free time, join a community club or social group. Keep learning by practicing a new language, playing a musical instrument, or reading. It doesn’t really matter what activities you choose. As long as you are active and exploring your interests, you are doing your brain a favor.
Contact Haven Healthcare
If you would like more information on staying healthy, active, and sharp as you age, contact Haven Healthcare today. We are always happy to speak with new patients and help you find a treatment option that is right for you. In addition to physical therapy and inpatient rehab management, Haven Healthcare also offers palliative care, hospice care, caregiver services, and home health care. To learn more, call Haven Healthcare at (417) 731-7094.