Fun Mental Health Exercises for Seniors

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This is a guest post by Richard Orban.

When you reach your golden years, you may feel like doing nothing more than resting. However, after a few weeks or months, simply doing nothing becomes monotonous and boring. Not only that, but an inactive brain can lead to health problems- both physical and mental. If you want to stay sharp and enjoy the rest of your life, try some of these fun ways to keep your mind active as you age.

Exercise

Exercise is one of the best ways to engage your mind and body together. Exercise is good for the body and good for the mind. It can improve clarity of mind, focus, and your overall mood. As your body ages, certain exercises get harder, but there are plenty of other choices out there for the elderly. Many recreation centers have programs specifically for seniors, with activities like water aerobics, walking, light weight lifting, swimming, and even dancing. Anything that gets your body moving and your blood pumping will help you maintain health throughout your life.

Games

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Games are a great way to keep your mind engaged throughout your life. When you are younger, tasks like working and caring for a family keep you busy and active, but when those things go away, your brain may want to slow down and not think for a while. While reduced periods of thinking are fine, your brain is a “use it or lose it” organ. Keep your brain active by participating in metal activities alone and in a group. When you are alone, simple games like Sodoku, crossword puzzles, and craft projects can keep your mind active. In a group setting, try playing cards or other group games with other seniors for a fun way to engage your mind.

Social involvement

The worst thing you can do as a senior is to avoid contact with others. Humans need contact with other people to stay healthy and interested in life. Consider joining a social club of some sort to keep busy during the day. A club that is of interest to you will help you fill up down time and engage your mind at the same time. Many organizations have senior clubs that can help you have fun in a group setting, such as gardening, dancing, crafting, church studies, and other activities. 

Giving back

Sometimes the best activities are the ones that give back to the community. Volunteering is the perfect way to keep your mind active and improve the community at the same time. Consider volunteering at a local food bank, animal shelter, homeless shelter, or other community organization to give back to the community. You will feel great and sleep better at night knowing you have helped the less fortunate.

Invest in a Furry Friend

When you get older, many of your friends and family members may start to pass on. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and loss. Loneliness and depression can cause many unwanted health issues in an elderly person. One of the best ways to avoid feelings of loss is to start a life with a new companion, such as a furry friend. Pets are scientifically proven to help improve the mood and health of their owners, and adding a furry friend to your household is a great way to prevent feelings of loneliness.

All of these tips can help you stay mentally and physically healthy throughout your golden years. Just like in any other time of life, engaging with others and having fun is equally important for the elderly. Luckily, there are many great ways to engage your mind on a variety of levels as you age.

Author Bio:  Richard Orban is writing on behalf of SecuriCare Medical. SecuriCare Medical is a one stop service for all your stoma care and continence needs.

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