Strategies to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Activities that challenge and stimulate the brain are effective in holding off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a fact that exercising the brain has the same benefit as exercising the body. These activities including reading, playing a game, or a mind-challenging puzzle can all be effective.

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There are a wide variety of activities to stimulate your brain. Here are a few examples:

Brain games:

  • Card games — card games not only challenge the brain, but they offer a social activity with others
  • Crossword puzzles — use the newspaper or buy a book of crosswords
  • Math or sudoku puzzles — Sudoku is often available in the local paper
  • Scrabble — a great word puzzle game and another social activity

Reading exercises:

  • Keep a journal — write down what you experience or a new activity or skill you have learned; the activity keeps the brain sharp
  • Write cards and letters by hand — hand/eye coordination helps stimulate the brain
  • Join a book club
  • Do some reading every day — even the newspaper helps

Creative brain training:

  • Make crafts — working with your hands stimulates the brain
  • Design homemade holiday gifts — creativity is a good brain exercise
  • Paint
  • Knit or do needlepoint
  • Woodworking or crafts

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Learning new skills:

  • Take a class — many local colleges offer free or low-cost classes for seniors
  • Take music lessons — learn to play a new instrument
  • Learn about computers or how to use a tablet
  • Learn a new language — many apps offer free language training

Music:

  • Listen to music — music is very good for the brain
  • Dance a little or take a dance class

Exercise:

  • Walk — exercise is good for the whole body, plus you can walk with a group
  • Yoga — there are many yoga classes for older people to help with flexibility
  • Stretching — learn some simple stretches to help keep your body moving

We all grow old, but with some effort, we can grow old well and healthy. If you have a family member who needs home health care, skilled nursing or is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, you can obtain assistance from Help at Home Healthcare. We have locations in Sarasota, Bradenton, Naples, and Ft. Myers. Call us for more information at (941) 388-3117.

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