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One of the greatest concerns among seniors is the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s or Dementia. In fact, according to a poll done by AARP, cognitive decline is a concern among 87% of America’s seniors! But is there anything we can do to stop it? Research has shown that mental stimulation exercises can contribute to preventing mental decline. This has made brain games very popular among seniors. But do brain games provide enough mental stimulation to prevent cognitive decline? Here is what we know about senior health and mental stimulation:

The Brain Game Myth

When it comes to aging keeping mentally fit is just as important as staying physically fit is. When evidence to the importance of mental stimulation first became available doctors routinely advised their aging patients to play brain games. It was believed that brain games such as crosswords, word searches, and sudoku puzzles would provide the mental stimulation needed to stay cognitively fit. However the truth is that while playing brain games may help contribute to mental stimulation, they do not provide enough mental exercise to stay cognitively well.

So if brain games don’t provide enough stimulation, what does? 

Continued Learning Is The Key To Stimulating The Brain

Scientists believe the key to mental stimulation that improves cognitive functioning is continued learning. They believe taking classes that spark creativity and curiosity provide better mental stimulation than playing brain games. Classes provide multiple benefits – they keep the brain cognitively active and engaged, while also providing social benefits that further stimulate mental wellness. The types of classes you can choose from are just about endless. You could choose to take a class to learn a new hobby, language, or begin a new lifestyle. Retirement communities like Mease Manor offer a calendar of activities filled with new options our residents can explore.

Overall Health Plays A Major Role In Stimulating Cognitive Health

But, it’s not enough to stay socially active and cognitively engaged. To truly care for your mental health, you have to also care for your overall health. This means staying physically fit is just as important to brain health as brain exercises and social engagement are. Physical fitness helps keep blood flowing to the brain, which aides both memory and cognition. Taking a whole-health approach is the best way to protect your cognitive health long-term. This is why Mease Manor Retirement Community provides our residents with a Wellness Center and access to top-quality medical providers.

Mease Manor Protects The Cognitive Health Of Our Residents

At Mease Manor Retirement Community we are committed to helping every one of our residents access the care and treatment they need to maintain the best quality of life possible. We have a state of the art wellness center and offer endless activities to keep our residents socially engaged, physically active, and mentally well. We also have a state of the art Memory Care Center for residents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or other cognitive concerns. Contact us online or call us at 727-738-3000 to schedule your personal tour today!

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