Your body goes through many changes as it gets older, especially as your later years approach. Physical strength diminishes. Mental sharpness declines. You or someone you care for might spend the day watching TV whereas, in the past, they had been an active member of the community.
The biggest reason these things happen is because of changes in the brain. As you age, the neurons begin to lose contact with each other. This causes gaps in the normal pathways that the brain uses to collect and process information. This process often leads to a diagnosis of dementia.
Dementia is a serious illness with no cure. However, with expert senior care, memory pathways can be strengthened which helps resist the disease. At Courtyard Manor Assisted Living facilities in Michigan, we use physical and mental activities to help seniors strengthen memory and cognitive functions.
Physical activities are important to people with cognitive decline in a variety of ways. First, moving requires coordination between several body groups. As dementia sets in, you or your loved one become less coordinated. Falls and accidents are common. And because seniors tend to move around less, the rate at which the neurons decay increases.
Regular activities such as outings, low impact sports, and dancing are great activities for seniors. These activities provide physical and mental stimulation that helps keep the brain functioning normally. A variety of activities allows you or your loved one find one that fits your or your loved one’s activity level
Physical activities aren’t the only way to keep brain functioning at its peak. Mental activities such as games, discussions, and crafts are an essential part of senior care. Not everyone is able to take part in some types of physical activities but anyone can take part in religious studies or discuss current events.
Mental activities stimulate the brain by keeping neurons active which in turn slows dementia down. Social interaction also helps keep the brain healthy and prevents depression. Like physical activities, not everyone will have the same level of mental fitness, but the senior care staff will help find a level you or your loved one can enjoy.
The Courtyard Manor facilities in Swartz Creek, Fenton, and Farmington Hills offer seniors a variety of both physical and mental activities to stimulate the mind and body. Our senior care staff post monthly calendars that include outings, religious studies, and various games so that our residents can plan to attend as many functions as they’d like.
If you or someone you love is considering an assisted living community, please give us a call.