Although some memory loss is inevitable as we age, there are ways to slow it down. In fact, there are even means to reverse the process. Here are fun, easy tips from Milwaukee Home Care Assistance to help seniors maintain brain fitness.
1. Use Rosemary
A 2013 UK study demonstrated the power of rosemary to improve memory and alertness. The tests performed at Northumbria University showed that inhaling rosemary boosts long-term memory by 60 to 75 percent. Researchers advise that inhaling rosemary can help people remember tasks such as taking medication and sending birthday cards on time. An active compound in rosemary raises the level of acetylcholine, a brain chemical required for learning and memory.
2. Play Brain Training Games
Just like vigorous activity strengthens the body, working the mind keeps the brain fit. Brain training programs aid in fine-tuning concentration, memory, alertness, and problemsolving. They also elevate mood. A 2013 Stanford University study found that Lumosity improved cognitive ability in post-chemo breast cancer patients. Research shows that following chemotherapy, people can experience cognitive impairment for years. After three months of playing Lumosity games four times weekly, subjects showed better processing speed, word-finding, and organization.
3. Listen to SPARK Memories Radio.
Designed for iOS and Android mobile devices, SPARK Memories Radio is an app that promotes brain function. Research shows that by using music to stimulate fond memories, impaired brain areas can regenerate. When seniors listen to songs from their youth, they enjoy better cognitive function, emotional health, and social engagement. Scientists at George Mason University asked dementia patients to sing favorite old-time songs regularly for four months. Subsequent tests showed progress in recollection and learning capacity.
4. Make acronyms.
Acronyms are words created by combining the first letters of several words. Here are two examples:
ROY G. BIV helps you remember the colors of the light spectrum – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
RICE helps you recall how to treat a sprain – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
Here are two sample scenarios where you and your senior loved one can create acronyms to help boost memory.
1. While running an errand, you can make a mental list by devising an acronym. If you’re buying milk, oatmeal, rice, and eggs, take the first letter of each food item to make a new word. Your acronym could be “MORE.”
2. If your loved one has a physical therapy appointment for an initial evaluation and needs to remember what to bring, use “PRIM” to remember prescription, referral, insurance card, and MRI report.
Learn more about retaining mental acuity in old age from the Milwaukee Alzheimer’s care professionals at Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are expertly trained in two proprietary care methods that help seniors maintain mental, physical, and emotional wellness. For more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation, give us a call at Milwaukee (414) 964-8000 or Waukesha (262) 782-3383 today.