Dec 15, 2017 by Tony B.
One of the leading health issues in the nation today is how to keep your senior mentally active, even when they suffer from a cognitive impairment or a disease that causes memory loss. As technology and medical research advance and expand, the life expectancy of individuals starts to rise. However, with a rising life expectancy comes a higher chance that brain cells deteriorate over time. Respite care professionals say that the deterioration of the brain cells occurs naturally as individuals age, but it can be a very difficult thing to watch happen.
While the brain cells do deteriorate, there is some hope for you and your loved one. There are ways that you are able to prevent the further deterioration of the cells themselves. Many respite care professionals and medical experts agree that seniors should remain mentally and physically active. One of the best ways for individuals to do this is to spend time with their grandkids. Children have a lot of energy built up within them and they will definitely keep your loved one on their toes. Whether they want to play a game of cards or hide and seek, you will find your loved one is kept busy all of the time.
One activity that your loved one and their grandkids can participate in is building a gingerbread house. Respite care professionals suggest that there are two ways to build the house and your loved one can choose which one they prefer. The first is with candy such as frosting, gum drops, red hots, and licorice and the second way is with construction supplies such as cardboard, paint, glitter, pom-poms, and similar.
Making sure your loved one remains mentally and physically active is one good way to combat the deterioration of brain cells. If you would like to learn more about respite care, call Comfort Keepers today.
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