Memory Improvement Tips for Elderly Relatives
Memory function is something that typically deteriorates in old age which can be a concern for those with elderly loved ones. However, there are some things you can do which will help them to keep their memory active. Read our memory improvement tips for elderly relatives to find out how!
Exercise the brain
By exercising their brains, elderly people can keep their memories sharp and functioning well. There are lots of different ways to exercise the brain, from completing crosswords and other puzzles to reading books and learning a new skill – such as playing a musical instrument. Introducing new activities into the lives of your elderly relatives can really help them to flex their memory muscles and could give you something different to do together too.
Exercise the body
Physical exercise gets blood pumping around the body, and this includes into the brain. Getting more oxygen into the brain through doing physical exercise can help to keep the memory sharp and could help to reduce the risk of getting some of the disorders that can lead to memory loss – including diabetes. Just moving around a few times a week can work wonders for both long and short-term memory, and even carrying out some mild exercise, like yoga, can help elderly loved ones to improve their memory function.
Exercise social skills
Socialising with family members and peers can help elderly people to both retain and improve their memory – so having a good chat with them is very beneficial! Talking about people they know, things that have happened, and upcoming events and engagements can help to keep memories fresh, plus being sociable lowers the risk of becoming stressed or depressed – both of which can have a negative impact on memory function and retaining information.
Now that you’ve read our memory improvement tips for elderly relatives, you can help them to keep their memory sharp and see how beneficial this is to their overall wellbeing. For more support with caring for an elderly relative, contact us to find out more about Wessex Care services including our domiciliary community care team and our group of care homes and centres in Salisbury.