Brain-Kindling Activities to Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Medical researchers continue to prove that brain kindling activities and exercises can help keep Alzheimer’s risk at bay from the elderly population. A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society by James E. Galvin, reveals potential Alzheimer’s prevention strategies.

According to the study, getting involved in mentally stimulating activities such as writing, reading, and playing games, especially with the help of an In home care provider, can ameliorate brain health by concluding in fewer deposits of Beta-Amyloid – a toxic protein that has become the symbol of early Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The experts also say that many of these activities spark your senses, assisting you to stay occupied and pay attention, and eventually, make your brain more responsive to your environment.

Kindle Your Mind & Senses

Here are nine activities from Dr. Galvin’s latest research that you can inculcate in daily life to help secure long-term brain health and make an impact in building the foundations of planned Alzheimer’s care and prevention.

  1. Games that require thinking – Sudoku and crossword puzzles are brain activities that not only improve cognitive capability but also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Cards games, whether it’s bridge, a game of poker, or a cut-throat game of hearts with your grandchildren, can also stimulate the mind and sharpens cognitive awareness.
  2. Reading – According to medical practitioners, reading, as an activity, is more neurobiologically demanding than processing images or speech. Reading, which requires vision, language, and associative learning, all connected, is far more challenging than watching a movie. So give a thought to joining a book club. This not only promotes reading but also dialogue with others – the two activities that enhance your brain health.
  3. Arts & crafts – You don’t need to be da Vinci to make a holiday cap or put together a yearly scrapbook. Put some paint on a canvas, draw the birds in your lawn, knit a sweater or do some woodworking. Working with your hands and creating something new will help keep your senses finely tuned.
  4. Develop a new skill – If your mind is tasked to learn, it remains active and healthy.  Learn a new language; learn to mend a kitchen sink; maybe you’ve always wanted to play the piano? Take lessons. Join a cooking class. Most local clubs offer affordable classes through their recreation programs. Skilled and professional  home caregivers from team Complete Homecare can be your companion while you go through the learning curve.
  5. Writing – Handwritten letters and cards is a dying art, but one that can help keep your brain healthy and well. Maintain a diary or write a memoir, as putting pen to paper enhances hand, eye, and cognitive coordination.
  6. Music – Listening to music stirs the mind and the senses; it can be calming as well as stimulating. Also, you can play your favorite instruments and practice the piano, and sing along. Music keeps your hand-eye coordination finely honed and brains tracking.
  7. Exercise Daily – Healthy body keeps a healthy mind.’ We’ve heard that mantra for years. Researchers have claimed that physical exercise can, in fact, help reduce Alzheimer’s risk by up to 65 %. Physical activity improves breathing and supports the survival of cells that make up the body and brain. Exercise diminishes chronic inflammation and augments the release of a protein which can help brain cells improve cardiovascular and metabolic health. Our qualified personal home care specialists are always happy to jog around with you, whenever you feel like sweating a little.
  8. Befriend new technologies – At the rate computer software are getting updated, there is always something new to learn. This doesn’t have to be a Herculean task. So, even playing simple computer games can help with Alzheimer’s care, and so does checking email daily and messaging from your mobile phone. Laptops, iPads, and other mobile gadgets can go anywhere with you. There a huge range of apps to pick from – whether you want to play scrabble, read the news, or track the weather online.
  9. Stay social and get out in the open – Remain interested, active and engaged in your life and your brain will remain active as well. Visit parks, go to the local theater, make regular trips to the library, chat with neighbors and friends and don’t become a loner. Our care providers will go grocery shopping with you to ensure you are eating the right food at the right time. And, volunteer where you can.

So, it’s never too late to start. Researchers say that a lifetime of involving in these cognitively rekindling activities can improve brain health and help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. If you remain optimistic about life and continue to learn new things, your brain will remain well-oiled and challenged. As the old saying goes – if you don’t use it, you lose it.

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