As we age, we often feel the physical impact on our bodies, as well as on our brains. We know that physical exercise can help keep our bodies strong, but what can we do to keep our brain power running at peak performance?
Recent studies reveal that physical activity AFTER learning new information may help improve your memory. Also, naps can play an important role with your neurological health. You can learn more about these findings on CNN by reading the article, To Improve Your Memory, Get Moving…Or Take a Nap.
Another habit to work into your daily routine is meditation. Research links meditation to a number of brain benefits, such as lower depression, improved focus, reduced anxiety, and more. Click over to Forbes.com to discover the 7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain.
As we move into summer, we are at greater risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Small children and the elderly are often at higher risk for health complications related to heat.
Visit the Health in Aging website, where you can find many resourceful tips regarding Hot Weather Safety Tips for Older Adults. This includes ways to stay cool and beat the heat, and it also explains what health problems you should be looking for when temperatures rise, and ways to treat them.
Drinking plenty of water and fluids help with hydration, but there are also numerous foods that assist. Click on this link to health.com for 15 Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated. You might expect foods like watermelon to be on this list, but may be surprised to find veggies like carrots and broccoli on there.
Here in Tucson at The Villas, we schedule our walks in the morning so that our residents can get some exercise and social time in the beautiful outdoors, before the higher heat kicks in for the day.
Have a safe and fabulous summer!
When you think about aging, you may have concerns about your mental health in regards to your memory. It is also important not to overlook your emotional well-being. Everydayhealth.com shares 10 Easy Ways Seniors Can Boost Mental Health and Well-Being. Find out how family, friends, pets, education and other factors can add positivity to your life!
Those caring for an aging loved one can also be affected emotionally. The responsibility of assisting another person can cause stress and fatigue. The Alzheimer’s Association provides a list of depression symptoms, and other useful resources for caregivers. Visit their website to learn ways to manage stress, as well as when to reach out for support. Call us here at The Villas in Tucson if you have questions about your aging loved one.
It is a no secret that we benefit from exercise. The problem is that many of us don’t keep up with a good fitness program as we age. It is also very important to be aware of how you should adjust and adapt your routine as you get older. Visit helpguide.org and read about Exercise and Fitness as You Age. There you can learn about fitness myths, mental and physical benefits, and different types of trainings.
Physical fitness also provides perks to those suffering from Alzheimer’s. Click over to alzheimerscaredaily.com for the article Encouraging Your Elderly Loved One With Alzheimer’s to Exercise.
Here at The Villas, we offer numerous fitness options in every monthly activities calendar. You can download our monthly calendar by clicking it under the Resources section of this website. Have questions about Alzheimer’s? Give us a call!
Do you have concerns about a loved one experiencing memory loss? We want to help answer your questions. Please join us next week for our Lunch & Learn event, on February 11th at our The Villas at Houghton location, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Villa GG’s backyard. We will have guest speaker, Tom Staab, discussing The 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s. Lunch will be provided, so please call Lindsay Czernics at 520-250-7521 to reserve your spot or learn more.