When it comes to aging, it’s no longer about simply living longer. We want to live happier and healthier as well. In a word, we want to live better. A physically strong, adaptable body is an essential aspect of health, but mental sharpness and flexibility matter, too. Is it possible to maintain that mental acuity as you get older? And can you reduce your risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by engaging your brain?
The short answer appears to be yes. A growing body of research indicates that mental stimulation can help maintain and possibly improve cognitive ability as people age. Other studies suggest that cognitive stimulation therapy not only can help maintain mental sharpness and acuity, but also may reduce the risk of developing dementia. This kind of “brainwork” may help stabilize the cognitive function of people with mild Alzheimer’s disease, according to research. As the link between cognitive stimulation therapy and dementia continues to be explored, we will learn more about how keeping the brain engaged helps reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
If you work in a senior living community, you may already appreciate the importance of maintaining cognitive function as people age. Maybe you’re looking for unique activities for someone with Alzheimer’s or you want to provide high-quality engaging mental stimulation to your residents. Or maybe you just want to make sure you’re doing what you can to help your mom, dad or other relative maintain as much brain function as possible as he or she gets older ages.
That’s what we offer at Fit Minds. Our programs are geared to individuals who live independently, as well as those who reside in senior living communities. Our programs provide mental stimulation to seniors of all cognitive abilities, including those with dementia and mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
When it comes to brain health, it appears that the “move it or lose it” theory holds true. For example, there is a meaningful decrease in cognitive performance that comes with retirement. Research suggests this is because when we stop engaging in cognitively complex tasks, we lose synaptic connections in our brain. As we get older, the connections that are not used are deleted in something researchers call “synaptic pruning.”
Fit Minds fills the gap with individual and group programs that target five key areas of cognition: