Like any part of the body, the brain changes over time. Seniors can protect their brain health both physically and mentally.
Since the brain wears with age, it’s normal for seniors to have small memory lapses. However, more significant brain issues can also develop. That’s why it is important for seniors to protect their brain health physically—and by staying sharp.
How to Protect the Brain Using Physical Strategies
The brain is an organ. Just like other organs, it’s affected by things like your blood pressure and what you eat. Seniors can decrease their risk of brain-related diseases like dementia by taking care of their brains physically.
Important parts of physically protecting brain health include:
Tips for Stimulating the Brain to Stay Sharp
Brains need to stay active to remain healthy. Stimulation is essential for the physical brain health of seniors. It also improves mental wellness, decreasing the risk of depression. Use these tips to stay sharp:
- Complete puzzles and mentally-challenging games
- Stay engaged socially
- Learn new things independently or through classes
- Add variety to routines
- Use all 5 senses regularly
- Switch hands for basic tasks
- Have fun while exercising the brain
Sometimes activating the brain feels challenging. But, most of the time, it’s just part of having fun and challenging yourself to stay creative and try new things. Brain stimulation is most effective if it’s interesting to seniors.
Benefits of a Healthy Brain
Having a healthy brain has its benefits, especially for seniors.
- A sense of purpose
- Greater independence
- Improved memory
- Reduced risk of depression
- Decreased boredom
- A more positive mood
- Increased concentration
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Care for the Mind Too
Protecting brain health is about more than a memory—seniors are at a greater risk for depression. Staying sharp can add purposefulness to senior’s lives, decreasing the chance of depression. However, it is also important for seniors to mentally relax and de-stress. Encourage seniors to meditate, reflect on positive memories, and deal with emotions like sadness or loneliness.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.