Fighting Dementia with In Home Care Activities
Today’s post underscores how our in home care program fights cognitive decline and ups the quality of life of seniors living with dementia.
These are just a few ways our in home care services can help:
Incorporate Brain-Boosting Exercise into your In Home Care Plan
According to research from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, moderate exercise could counteract brain atrophy in older adults (Reiter et al., 2015).
In the 2015 study, senior participants that completed an exercise program of moderate intensity increased the thickness of their brain’s cortex, the outer layer of the brain that typically atrophies in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These results suggest that moderate intensity could slow or even stop cognitive decline in older adults.
“Exercise may help to reverse neurodegeneration and the trend of brain shrinkage that we see in those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s,” writes Dr. Carson Smith, chief author of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society report. “Many people think it is too late to intervene with exercise once a person shows symptoms of memory loss, but our data suggest that exercise may have a benefit in this early stage of cognitive decline.”
The exercise program comprised moderate intensity walking on a treadmill 4 times per week.
If you’re coordinating long distance care or simply want to ensure your loved one gets support during their brain-boosting walk on days you can’t visit, Always Best Care of SW Houston can help. Our in home care workers are always happy to accompany clients on gentle walks, whether they want to tackle a trail or just get their daily steps in running errands.
Introducing Music Therapy With In Home Care
After reviewing the results of six studies, Blackburn & Bradshaw (2014) concluded that music therapy may have potential benefits in reducing anxiety, depression and agitated behaviour, as well as improving cognitive functioning and general quality of life.
Try to find songs that trigger pleasant memories for your loved one, and make a playlist or shopping list. Our in home care team can buy the CDs you specify and play soothing songs for your loved one as requested. We can also accompany your loved one to plays or concerts if live music is especially effective.
Meet Social Activity Goals with In Home Care
Simple human interaction is a powerful tool in the fight against dementia. Conversation stimulates the brain and engages participants in ways that help maintain cognitive function, while loneliness and social isolation can aggravate budding mental health problems.
If you’re looking to add more social activity to your loved one’s life, Always Best Care can help. In addition to providing stimulating conversation, our caregivers make family visits and event attendance possible even when independent living is no longer an option.
Play More Brain Games With In Home Care
Brain games improve cognition and make for great fun! In a recent study, a control group who completed a series of brain training games showed improved performance in criterion tasks, near-transfer tasks, processing speed, and shifting tasks.
Our in home care teams offer a variety of stimulating games and activities to help pass the time and boost brain health. These are offered at no additional charge.
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Blackburn, R., & Bradshaw, T. (2014). Music therapy for service users with dementia: a critical review of the literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21(10), 879-888.
Reiter, K., Nielson, K. A., Smith, T. J., Weiss, L. R., Alfini, A. J., & Smith, J. C. (2015). Improved cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with increased cortical thickness in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(10), 757-767.