Fun and Active Memory Care Games For Seniors
As we age, it becomes even more important to keep our minds healthy and active. No matter how old you are, maintaining an active mind is a vital part of your overall health and mental well-being. Especially after retirement, however, many of us tend to let our mental agility lapse. The hustle and bustle of having a career or children at home helps keep our minds sharp. But as we get older, we need to pay closer attention to our mental fitness.
For your aging loved ones, there are some simple ways to maintain and improve our brain function. One of the best ways is with memory care games. They can be played by anyone without a lot of planning or forethought, and they can actually be fun for people of any age. Even Alzheimer’s patients can reap a host of benefits from some simple memory care exercises. Looking for some ideas? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Get Musically Involved
Singing songs or playing music can help stir up good memories and provide mental stimulation as familiar lyrics come flooding back. Many assisted living facilities provide regular activities involving listening to or making music. And of course, dancing is encouraged!
Work On Developing Your Creativity
Painting, knitting, or other hobbies such as woodworking or gardening can help seniors enjoy being productive again. Long after the activity is through, they’ll be able to enjoy the tangible results, and remember the fun they had during the project. If your loved one is staying in a rest home, ask about creative activities their residents can participate in.
Be Productive By Staying Organized
Organizing household supplies may not seem very glamorous, but it’s a great way for seniors to stay productive, inspire memories, and keep on top of duties at home. Clear bins with labels can help them see what’s inside, so they can be more independent when looking for something they need.
Read The Daily Newspaper
Staying up on current events can help seniors feel more connected to what’s going on around them. It can also provide a good starting point for mentally-stimulating conversation, which helps keep the mind sharp.
Stay Actively Engaged Through Games
Board games, card games, group games, even puzzles can keep seniors actively engaged. There’s nothing like having a little fun to improve anyone’s mood and outlook on life. There doesn’t have to be a special reason or a specific game. Anything that keeps them on their toes and provides a few laughs is time well spent.
When helping your loved ones stay mentally active, just about anything goes. Activities like these — and many others — can help your visits be more beneficial to them, and a lot more fun for everyone. As we age, feeling included and productive becomes even more important. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult to give seniors the activity they need to age more gracefully.