There’s an old adage that goes: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It essentially refers to the fact that the older a person is, the more difficult it happens to be to learn new things. That may apply to animals, but it doesn’t apply to people.
In truth, though, some people are set in their ways and are extremely resistant to change. For example, seniors who may be having difficulty tending to their own basic care may be more resistant to the prospect of home care aides. They might not see the need for assistance on a regular basis.
In fact, some people can be extremely offended by the mere mention of requiring assistance. In truth, there are many benefits to relying on professional home care. One of those has to do with mental health and well-being.
Staying in top physical shape is relatively straightforward; you exercise, get the right level of exercise, and maintain that level of physical activity and you should be able to maintain a majority of your muscle mass. Mental conditioning is a bit different. As June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, it’s important to discuss the various topics associated with mental stimulation and health.
What kind of new ‘tricks’ could a person learn from professional home care?
They aren’t really tricks in the true sense of the word. They are strategies. Some of the strategies can involve playing games, doing puzzles, or even reading or writing.
What kind of games can a senior play to improve mental health and well-being?
There are many types of games people play. Some of them don’t require a great deal of effort or strategic thinking, but others do. It’s the games that demand attention, focus, and the ability to solve problems and think ahead that are going to provide the best benefits for health and well-being.
One of the best games for this is chess. Chess isn’t ideal for everyone, as it can be confusing and frustrating for beginners. Sitting down and writing in a journal, creating stories, or just reading some good books can also provide positive mental stimulation. The more mental stimulation an individual receives, the more they reduce the risk of developing certain forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. That, alone, should be more than enough reason to begin learning some new ‘tricks.’
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