The moment somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s they should begin focusing on what to do that will help them in the future. It’s easy to assume because a person has recently been diagnosed with this or some other form of dementia that they’re still capable of attending to their own basic care.
Sometimes, though, getting the right care and support early on, even though the senior is physically able to do most things with only minimal reminders, will pay dividends in the future.
One thing seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s should consider doing as early as possible is getting mental exercise. Yes, it’s true that mental stimulation and exercise can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, but for those who have already been diagnosed with this disease, it may not seem important any longer.
It is still absolutely crucial to get mental stimulation. Studies have shown that mental stimulation may help delay the onset of more serious memory related issues in the future (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). Below are three mental exercises some seniors may enjoy doing that can help benefit them in the future.
Mental Exercise #1: Doing a crossword puzzle.
For somebody who has never done a crossword puzzle before, this can certainly be a challenge. The clues take time to get used to, but the more a person does it, the easier it gets. They can start with simple crossword puzzles and should be encouraged to look at the answers for some clues they can’t figure out at all.
They shouldn’t look at all the answers because that doesn’t offer any real mental benefit. However, as noted, there are certain keys to these puzzles in the clues that become more apparent the longer people do them.
Mental Exercise #2: Reading and writing.
By sitting down and reading, it helps a person mentally in so many different ways. They have to translate those symbols that we call words into ideas and even settings and scenes. That is creating a lot of exercise and activity within the brain.
Writing can do the same thing, whether they are writing letters to friends or relatives or creating stories or jotting down memories.
Mental Exercise #3: Playing chess or other strategic games.
Playing chess is one of the most popular strategic thinking games in the world. It demands great concentration and foresight and planning. Highly effective and successful players usually plan out several moves ahead of each one they make.
When a senior begins doing these types of mental exercises and activities, it may help strengthen their memory and prolong a higher quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care for a senior in Toms River, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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