5 Ways To Keep Your Mind Healthy In Later Life

Posted by Anna on May 1st, 2019

As we age, our physical and mental health naturally declines. However, this can be preventable or at the very least we can slow it down with a little extra effort with our lifestyle. It is so important to put the plans in place to retain the best possible health, so that later life can be as vibrant and rewarding as possible.

With your mind in particular, it is naturally going to degrade to some level as you get older, and certain aspects of getting older make your brain more likely to decline, so you have to pay extra care and attention to your brain health to ensure it stays in tip top condition for the best possible brain health in your golden years.

Here are 5 ways to keep your mind healthy in later life provided by the experts at the non-profit organisation The Live-in Care Hub (www.liveincarehub.co.uk):

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  1. Decrease The Things That Make You Unhappy

A study completed in Boston, where people over the age of 65 with amazing memories were analysed, found that part of the reason for their incredible memories was removing things they didn't like in their life, as early as middle age. Jobs they hated, taking more holidays, doing more activities that made them happy all contributed to preventing brain health decline as they aged. So, now is the time to reduce the things in your life that don't make you feel great, and replace them with the happiest activities, for the good of your brain health.

2. Maintain Your Sense Of Purpose

Something that is often lost when people move into care homes, or when they age in general, is that they lose their sense of purpose. This can lead to depression which is really bad for brain health. Whether you have a gardening project, you volunteer at a local charity shop or you have a role in your local social group, maintaining your sense of purpose will help keep your brain young.

3. Stay Social

Staying social is so important when it comes to the health of your brain. Being lonely is known to be as bad for you as smoking, so the more you can stay in touch with others the better for your brain. If you struggle to stay mobile and find that is a hindrance to your social life, it might be worth looking into homecare services. Live-in care can provide excellent companionship and support maintaining your independence.

4. Stay Active

Exercise boosts blood flow and oxygen to the brain so it is important to stay active in later life to maintain your brain health. You can find advice and guidance on staying active as you age from the older persons charity Age UK.

5. Eat Well

Nutrition is so important as you age, for a wide variety of reasons including maintaining your brain health. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to ensure you stay sharp in later life.

If you need some help maintaining your health and wellbeing, it is important to seek help. Speak to your doctor, to your homecare services provider or live-in care provider, to your social services agent or to friends and family to look into getting some support. Your brain health, and overall well being can thrive with the right routine, activities and support in place.

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