Brain Boosting Habits for Elderly

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Getting older or watching someone grow old is not always easy. To some, though, those golden years are still enjoyed as they are able to stay active and retain a good mental health – but it is, unfortunately, not necessarily in our control.

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There are a few things you can do or encourage your loved one to do that will increase the chances of maintaining their bright minds so that they’re able to share their stories for longer.

Here is a handful of the best ways to boost your brain power so that you or your loved one can stay healthy for longer.

First: Exercise is key

You probably saw this one coming; a healthy amount of exercise is really good for your brain. While you should try to get any form of exercise done a couple of times a week, there are a few forms of exercise you might want to focus on to make sure your brain is getting a proper workout.

Think about the stuff you need to put your mind into to master. Dancing, for example, high-intensity aerobics, tennis, yoga, and all forms of exercise where you need to balance more. This is great for your bone strength as well, by the way, so you might be able to enjoy both a healthy mind and a strong and able body when you’re a bit older.

There should be many opportunities to sign up for dance, yoga or aerobics classes in your area if you’re looking for something for a family member or a friend. Have a search online, and you might be able to expand their social network as well.

Next: Think about what you eat

Food and exercise go hand-in-hand, and especially when it comes to taking care of our brain as we age. It can be tough to change an elderly person’s habits, though, and you might want to have a chat with their carer, such as Seniors Helping Seniors, about implementing more brain-boosting food in their diet.

Healthy fats are great to keep your mind healthy so consider salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel as well as vegetables that are high in healthy fats. Berries and particularly blueberries are also great for this purpose, by the way, and it should be easy enough to talk them into eating more of this.

Remember to have fun

Even though food and exercise are important, one of the most important things you can do for their mental health is to be there for them and have fun together. We tend to give up a bit if we age without having anyone to keep us company – which makes a lot of sense if you think about it.


Make sure that they know that they are loved and appreciated by coming together as a family as often as possible. Play games together, watch movies and do your best to make sure that they laugh as often as possible.


That way, you’ll keep them around for longer and they’re able to stay both happy and healthy.

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