Brain Fitness for Seniors
Exercise Your Brain!
We all know that regular, physical exercise can help seniors stay healthier longer. But what about mental exercise?
“Brain fitness” programs can help seniors delay cognitive changes associated with age, and even improve the brain’s processing speed and memory.
A brain fitness routine typically has two key elements: time spent learning new skills, and specialized “brain games” that focus on logic, reason, and memory. For many seniors who have shied away from technology, access to a computer offers opportunities for both.
Using Technology To Stay Sharp
Technology can be an effective and powerful component of a brain fitness program. Special computer games that train the brain for processing speed and recall can improve cognitive function and help with practical tasks that require alertness and quick decision making.
There are many free games available online. Here are just a few:
Get Connected, Stay Healthy
For seniors who prefer the social side of technology, learning new skills like using social media and email to keep in touch with family and friends provides a double benefit: studies have shown that learning a new, complex skill helps improve memory and delay processes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Social engagement is also linked to overall happiness and cognitive health.
At Sunnyside Manor, our “digital den” is equipped with computers that allow seniors to stay connected and enjoy games that improve their health.
Brain Fitness For Alzheimer’s Disease
While there is no surefire way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, brain fitness continues to be an important element in managing the condition. Studies have shown that games like Bingo, and matching games that involve the senses –game pieces that are easily held, moved and have bright colors and shapes– boost alertness and awareness. For seniors with Alzheimer’s, brain games also can provide stimulation, enjoyment, and social interaction.
That’s one of many reasons why a memory care neighborhood is often a great choice for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to providing physical assistance and overall safety, memory care neighborhoods offer specialized programming that addresses the unique cognitive and emotional needs of seniors at different stages of Alzheimer’s.
The all new Sunnyside Manor, located in Wall Township, is the area’s premier senior living community. It features three distinctive neighborhoods: Independence ‘Plus’ Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing.