Knowing these tips will give you peace (and health) of mind!
It’s common for people to associate deteriorating brains with aging but it doesn’t always have to be this way. There are ways to exercise your brain and keep it as active as possible. Now there is definitely the unavoidable and unexpected that happens but let’s take a look at how to keep your mind mentally healthy and engaging as possible.
Stay Social & Stay Involved
While the Covid-19 pandemic may have complicated the socialization a bit, there are ways to stay involved while still staying healthy and safe. Call a friend or family member or call your local senior center and discover ways to stay involved while also staying physically active. If transportation is an issue, the Department on Aging has resources to help you out so you can go out.
Sometimes as people age, eating healthy may be harder due to medical conditions or just wanting more convenient food. Always talk with your doctor to determine what you should have and what you should probably steer clear of. Then make lists and find easy to cook recipes. Above all, make it as fun as possible. Try out a meal kit company where the food comes to you and you just follow the steps to make the food. Or find convenient foods with healthier options. For instance, have instant oatmeal with some tasty options. Yes, this may include chocolate. Make a yogurt parfait and buy frozen vegetables and fruit instead of fresh to avoid spoiling food.
Maintain Proper Blood Pressure
Rising blood pressure and even blood sugar levels are common as people age. Discuss with your doctor what you need to do to keep the blood pressure down and blood sugar level. Keeping these two things under control can help curtail other health issues that may arise.
Stimulate the Brain
This can be a wide range of activities and features. Whether it’s playing a favorite board game or card game with a friend or gong for a leisurely walk. It could even be a coffee date with a family member or loved one as staying connected keeps you healthy mentally. Senior centers often have activities and leisure things for older seniors to enjoy. Even buying a word puzzle book will keep the brain sharp. Find something you love and switch it up as needed.