Brain Fitness and the Aging Brain: A Holistic Approach to Memory Improvement
Brain fitness for seniors is becoming more popular than ever
due to research that shows it helps seniors’ mental and physical
well-being. Active senior
living and memory care communities like Orchard Park, help their
residents prevent memory loss and promote overall brain fitness
through proper nutrition, exercise, brain games, and active social lives. Read
on to learn more about our programs and recommendations for people seeking a
more holistic approach to memory improvement.
Memory loss from lack of stimulation
are among the greatest health risks to seniors, especially those who live
alone or who don’t frequently socialize with friends and family. Experts agree
that our brains, like our muscles, can atrophy over time if we
don’t stimulate them regularly. This means that activities like
watching TV don’t stretch our brains as much as activities
like word games for seniors do.
We believe that providing memory improvement activities to
our residents in Clovis, CA helps them to live happy
and fulfilling lives. The Orchard Park Memory Improvement Program is a way
for us to focus on the importance of exercising the brain in order to combat
memory loss. It also encourages residents to eat healthy meals and to
exercise daily for additional health benefits.
Our program centers on brain games for seniors that are
challenging, fun, and interactive. Some of the most popular games we offer our
residents include Cranium Crunches, word builder activities, and trivia
exercises. We also believe that creative expression and the discovery of new
passions also strengthens the brain, so we strive to provide opportunities
to try something new each month. Our residents love our Gardening Club,
history classes, music appreciation events, poker nights, crafting
sessions, and cake decorating, just to name a few. Recently, some of our
residents have also been learning American Sign Language through YouTube
videos, worksheets, and a visiting instructor.
Exercise and nutrition are just as important as memory games for seniors in
keeping the brain healthy and agile. In fact, a 2013 study published in PLOS
ONE followed nearly 2,300 men for 30 years and monitored their: fruit
and vegetable intake, physical activity, BMI, and behaviors like
non-smoking and adhering to moderate alcohol intake. The men in the study
who followed four or five healthy behaviors were shown to be less likely
to experience disease and cognitive impairment. To support healthy living, we offer plenty
of physical activities like daily walks, ring toss
parachute fun, weight lifting, meditation, Zumba, and Wii Sports. We
also provide a variety of nutritious meals and snacks to our
residents and emphasize a healthy, balanced diet that includes
fish, vegetables, and whole grains.
Orchard Park is first and foremost a community, so
we also highlight the importance of social support from friends, family, and
neighbors. We encourage our residents to forge connections with staff, medical
teams, and to make new friends when they try activities or clubs.
If you’re interested in learning more about memory improvement for seniors, and
are near Fresno, Clovis or Madera, CA, please contact us today to
discuss the best solutions for you and your loved one. If your family
member is in the later stages of memory loss, consider our Illuminations memory
care living program, which also features memory improvement activities, but
targeted to more advanced symptoms.
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