One of the unfortunate effects of aging is a loss of memory and cognitive function. Fortunately, Blue Ridge incorporates a number of memory care activities that are designed to help residents maintain their memory and focus irrespective of age.
About Our Senior Living Memory Care Activities
While many assume that memory loss is a natural and unavoidable part of aging, we do not uphold this view. We believe that many cases of memory loss and cognitive decline are actually the result of poor lifestyle habits. For instance, many people do not get enough sleep which is a real problem since studies show sleep activates cerebral changes which actually solidify memories. Getting more sleep is just one of the memory care activities we promote.
Benefits of Having Memory Care Activities in Your Retirement Community
Ideally, elders should be getting between six and nine hours’ worth of undisturbed sleep each night. Other activities which will improve their memory include:
- Enhanced Diet: A study from Harvard Health Publications revealed that foods rich in trans and saturated fats like dairy, beef, and fried meals create higher LDL (bad) cholesterol levels which not only clog your arteries but might also cause brain damage. Switching to foods that are rich in polyunsaturated and mono fats like vegetables, fruit, olive oil, and fish boosts HDL cholesterol which is good since it stops blood vessel clogging while lowering the incidence of stroke and memory loss.
- Mental Stimulation: A lot of retirees think it’s over when they leave the workforce, that they don’t have to do anything else other than kick back for the rest of their lives, and many shun learning new things because they feel as if they know it all. This type of attitude will inevitably lead to cognitive loss, as learning is supposed to be a lifelong process that doesn’t end just because you left your nine to five job. Learning new skills such as playing an instrument, a hobby or mentoring younger people can be a great way to keep your mental edge.
When Should You Consider Moving into a Retirement Community?
Those in the 65+ age group are notorious for lounging around for long periods of time. However, a study conducted by the University of Texas found that elders that regularly engaged in mobile activities such as bicycling, walking, using treadmills, or playing games such as golf or tennis just a few times per week had much higher blood flow within their brains. A lot of people don’t like exercise because of the effort and discipline it requires but the rewards make it well worth it, and our association offers numerous physical activities to choose from.
Why Choose Blue Ridge for Senior Living?
Blue Ridge is a great community for retirees that want to remain social. Research has consistently confirmed that elders who maintain an active social life and regularly engage with friends and family members have superior cognitive function and memory and it only takes ten minutes per day to see the benefits.
To learn more about living in Blue Ridge, feel free to contact us today.