Cognitive Health and Older Adults Cognitive health—the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember—is an important component of brain health. Others include: Motor function—how well you make and control movements Emotional function—how well you interpret and respond to emotions Sensory function—how well you feel and respond to sensations of touch, including pressure, pain, and temperature This guide focuses on cognitive health and what you can do to help maintain it. Staying Socially Active May Offset Risk of Cognitive Decline Last month, the big news from the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 in Los Angeles was that various lifestyle factors may offset dementia risk. All told, five research studies were presented that focused on specific lifestyle interventions (e.g., regular exercise, healthy diet, smoking cessation, limited alcohol consumption, and cognitive stimulation) that appear to counteract the genetic (and overall) risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The latest research presented at AAIC 2019 suggests that boosting cognitive reserves through lifestyle choices promotes a wide range of neuroprotective benefits associated with a lower risk of dementia. (See "Avoiding Alzheimer's" and "Four Lifestyle Choices May Offset Risk of Cognitive Decline.") article continues after advertisement
10 Best Social Activities for Older Adults Are you in the process of trying to choose an assisted living facility for a loved one? You should, of course, look for a facility that can provide your loved one with the services they’ll need. The facility should offer everything from meal preparation and diet planning to professional medication management. The facility should also have an experienced and highly skilled staff that can tend to your loved one’s needs. You want your loved one to be as comfortable as possible at all times. But there’s one other thing a facility should facilitate: Activities for seniors in assisted living.
5 Benefits of Exercise for Seniors and Aging Adults You’ve heard it time and again: physical activity and exercise are good for you, and you should aim to make them part of your routine. There are countless studies that prove the important health benefits associated with exercise, and it becomes more important as we age. Regular physical activity helps improve mental and physical health, both of which will help you maintain your independence as you age. Below, we outline five benefits of exercise for seniors and aging adults. 1. Prevent DiseaseStudies have shown that maintaining regular physical activity can help prevent many common diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Beyond Bingo: 14 Activities for Elderly People That Aren't Boring Assisted living no longer means retiring to a rocking chair to watch TV and occasionally play bingo. Today’s seniors demand adventure, plenty of stimulation, and a chance to learn something new. Indeed, most assisted living residents find that they have many more opportunities for engagement than they ever had at home. Check out these great options, which you may find at your local senior living community. 1. Group Exercise Classes 6 Best Cognitive Games and Activities for Seniors Has a senior loved one struggled to recall the name of an old friend or remember the street that their first house was located on? Little facts like these can be a challenge for seniors to remember as they get older. If someone you love faces memory challenges, don’t worry.
9 Enjoyable Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility – DailyCaring Seniors with limited mobility can still enjoy a variety of activities Many older adults lose mobility due to conditions like stroke, severe arthritis, or injuries from falls. When that happens, activities and hobbies they used to enjoy might now be too difficult. Physical Activity for Older Adults Significant health benefits are seen in adults aged 65 years and older who participate in regular physical activity. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines recommend older adults to incorporate aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening activity, and balance training for older adults at risk for falls. Try to avoid inactivity because some health benefits can occur with any amount of physical activity gain. Older adults need to evaluate their level of fitness before determining their level of effort for physical activity. Chronic conditions need to be taken into consideration since they may affect their ability to do regular physical activity safely. Inactive Older Adults
What are Cognitive Skills and Abilities? By: Dr. Pascale Michelon What is cognition? List of Fun Activities for Older Adults There are hundreds of different ways that you can get up and get active today. Here are some fun, productive and beneficial activities with proven benefits for both your physical and mental well being. 1. Tai Chi The ancient art of Tai Chi is a useful source of exercise for people of all ages.