Keeping memory sharp is vital for seniors to ward off the effects of mental decline. Normal aging should include retaining your faculties, not losing them. Incorporating memory activities into an otherwise healthy, active, and connected lifestyle can protect your brain and mental health. Here are three suggestions we’ve found here at Southfield that residents can try if they want more activities to stimulate their brain.
Engaging in Finely Detailed Crafts
Working on crafts is a way to practice your hand-eye coordination and to challenge your brain. With each new craft, you must learn new methods for working with the materials. For instance, even experienced knitters will use different stitches with each new project to learn new ways of using their hands. Painters may use new types of paints or strokes.
With crafting, you always work toward tangible results. For those who have trouble keeping up with new hobbies, crafting may provide the motivation you need. At the end of each session, you can see the progress that you’ve made. For example, you can see the number of extra rows added while you crocheted a blanket or seen the growing patchwork of pieces that you’ve sewn together for a quilt.
Crafting with a group can also connect you to others. Consequently, socializing with others during memory activities such as crafting can encourage you to continue to attend sessions. Additionally, talking to others about various topics encourages mental engagement, which can protect your mental capabilities. Plus, you can make friends who can watch out for subtle signs of mental decline that you might miss. Therefore, you can get help earlier than if you only relied on physician’s appointments a few times a year.
Learning New Memory Activities and Other Things
At Southfield senior community, we offer numerous memory activities to stimulate the mind and body. Some of these activities include the following:
- Technology lessons
Your memory health depends on learning new topics and using the information that you obtained. Therefore, taking classes or engaging in lessons that teach you new topics can help your memory health. For instance, we offer technology lessons to teach you about the constantly changing world of the internet, computers, and more. By learning how to use technology to your advantage, you will also open a world of e-books and online learning that you would not have access to before.
Learning new things may including attending a single lecture in-person or virtually or taking classes on a topic. In both instances, you challenge your mind by improving your memory and strengthening connections in your brain. Additionally, many classes require reading. Consequently, you get the benefits of reading books – learning new topics, building empathy, reducing stress, and stimulating your mind – with the extra advantages of the lessons.
While we offer dining services to prepare meals for you, we also open our kitchens to residents who want to bake for themselves, family, friends, or the community.
No matter your age, you can always learn new things. However, you don’t have to go back to school. You can continue your informal education through classes and lessons at Southfield, online, or in the greater community. Our transportation services to chauffeur you, wherever you need to go, can make attending classes nearby even easier.
Playing Games for Memory Health
Games are important memory activities. When you play games with others, you can build social bonds. However, even solitary games such as crosswords, phone app trivia, or word puzzles can help your mind. Anytime that you challenge your brain to recall information that you learned before or to think in creative ways about topics such as word combinations or associations, you can help to ward off the effects of boredom and mental decline.
Contact Southfield for More on Our Independent Living Facility and Activities for Seniors
For a community of active, independent seniors, trust us at Southfield. You can contact us at 855.947.3838 for more information about our activities for seniors and our facility. With our vibrant community, you can meet others to stay social, enjoy physical activity in our exercise room, learn new ideas, and much more. We’re here to make your golden years rich and vibrant while offering you a site where you can live independently.