Looking After your Cognitive Health as you Age

As people get older, it's recommended that they take better care of their physical health. From keeping active and eating well to attending doctors' appointments and getting vaccinations, there are lots of things elderly people can do to stay healthy and prevent hospital stays. It is essential to remember that age can affect both the body and the mind. It is equally as important to look after cognitive health as it is physical health and this is key to protecting thinking skills and staying sharp in later years.

If you have noticed that your thinking skills are being affected by ageing or you're worried about an elderly relative or friend who is still living independently, keep reading today. Below we have explored some of the different ways elderly people can look after their cognitive health and help to reduce the impact normal cognitive ageing has on day to day life. Of course, people age in different ways and the brain is incredibly complex, but research shows that there are a few things everyone can do to prevent a rapid decline in cognitive health.

Don't overlook everyday activities

Keeping your mind busy is important as you get older and thankfully, it can be easier than you think to do so. Many of the day-to-day activities you probably already participate in, from reading the newspaper or a book to watching the television or listening to the radio, can help to keep your mind sharp in your later years.

It may be beneficial to incorporate some other activities into your daily routine, such as; playing games, doing jigsaw puzzles, making crafts or using a computer. All of these everyday activities can help to keep your mind active and protect your thinking skills as you age.

Participate in hobbies and pastimes

Being physically active and participating in pastimes you enjoy, such as swimming or yoga, can be advantageous for both your physical and cognitive health. You should try to continue with hobbies you love, or take up new ones that are more suitable for your current ability, and doing so can help to prevent a quicker decline in thinking skills.

There are lots of different ways you can keep your body and mind fit, and there will be several fitness classes in the local area for older adults. Simply going for a walk every day can make a difference too and any type of regular exercise is linked to a healthier brain.

Try to maintain a social life

Staying in touch with family and friends, and regularly communicating with others can be beneficial for not just your mental wellbeing but also your cognitive health. When you have meaningful social interactions, whether this is visiting a relative, going out with a friend, volunteering or joining a social club, they can help you to maintain your thinking skills.

Often, people's social groups get smaller as they age, but focusing on relationships with friends and family can be beneficial. Remember, you don't have to meet people in person to have social interactions either, computer-based and telephone-based interactions can be more convenient, yet they're equally as useful for cognitive health.

How a home care agency can support your cognitive health

Home care agencies provide invaluable care and support to elderly people who want to continue to live independently in their own homes as they get older. The home care services they offer can support cognitive health in many ways and carers can help elderly people to stay mentally active, improving things like concentration, attention span and forgetfulness.

Companionship care and social support services, in particular, can be excellent for thinking skills. A home carer won't just be a friendly face and someone you can talk to during visits, they can support you with hobbies and interests, and help you to visit family and friends. These home care services can have a significant impact on quality of life.

In addition to arranging companionship care at home, you should enquire about personal care services and domestic care services. Both of these services will help to ensure you can remain living comfortably within your own home and a carer can support you in several ways. Of course, when you have a home carer visit you regularly, they can keep an eye on your cognitive health and flag any concerns too. This will enable you to book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible to get some professional treatment and advice for the future if required.