Home Care Tips: Using Exercise and Mentally Stimulating Activities to Boost Cognitive Benefit


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Home Care Tips: Using Exercise and Mentally Stimulating Activities to Boost Cognitive Benefit

Senior Care in Arlington Heights, IL

Senior Care in Arlington Heights, ILThough many people expect that as they get older they will have more difficulty remembering things, slow down on their ability to process thoughts and make decisions, and may even struggle to learn new things, cognitive decline does not have to be part of getting older. A home care arrangement can give your elderly parents the mental stimulation they need to keep their minds active, engaged, and strong so that they can continue to enjoy quick, reliable cognitive functioning throughout their later years.

One of the ways that your aging loved ones' in home health care services provider can encourage your parents' minds to stay strong and active is to combine exercise and mentally stimulating activities. While most people understand the importance of keeping their minds active and providing plenty of mental exercise on a regular basis to ward off cognitive decline, many people do not realize the direct link between physical activity and the effectiveness of mental stimulation and do not take advantage of it in their care plan.

Studies have shown that engaging in physical activity before or even while performing mentally stimulating activities actually boosts cognitive benefit and encourages faster learning, sharper memory, and stronger thought processing. This means that by combing physical exercise with mental exercise, your aging loved ones' in home health care services provider can increase the cognitive benefits of their mental stimulation and improve your parents' quality of life.

Let these ideas inspire you and your parents' home care provider to come up with combinations of exercise and mentally stimulating activities to boost your seniors' cognition and mental health:

• Research the area. Learning about the plants and animals in your area is a fun way to gain new knowledge and feel more connected to your community. Encourage your parents and their care provider to go out on a brisk walk around the neighborhood or through a park, then go home and do some research about the plants and animals that they saw during their walk.

• Ride and read. Invest in a home recumbent bike that offers plenty of support and adjustable tension. Encourage your elderly parents to ride and read their favorite book or magazine at the same time. Even if they ride slowly, the activity is fantastic for their hearts and joints, and reading gets their minds working.

• Craft time. Have your parents and their care provider do a low-impact, but enjoyable workout routine such as Pilates, yoga, or an aerobic video, and then do a craft project that stimulates the creative areas of their brain. For even more fun, have them choose a theme for both activities so that they are connected, such as doing an aerobic video featuring music from the 1970s and then trying their hand at macramé. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Arlington Heights, IL, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Schaumburg at 630-984-2041.

Shelley Fisher
Shelley Fisher

Paul earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and his Masters degree in Business from New Hampshire College. His work history is anchored in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, excelling in various roles of sales and marketing for companies such as Nestle, Frito-Lay, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Most recently, Paul served as Vice President of Business Development for a Chicago-based business of forty wellness centers, treating over fifty thousand patients annually.

Shelley earned her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College.  She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Social Work at George Williams College of Aurora University and, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), brings comprehensive knowledge and experience from the social service community to the business.  Throughout her 20-year career, Shelley has worked extensively with the judicial system, child protective services, hospitals, schools, and senior care facilities.

Most importantly, Paul and Shelley Fisher, married for 25 years, are the proud parents of two busy teen-agers and the fortunate adult children of energetic, aging parents.  Both are actively involved in the community and couldn't imagine living or raising their children anywhere but the Chicagoland area.

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