An important aspect of helping older adults to age well is giving them ideas that will help stimulate and maintain their mental health.
An important aspect of Home Instead’s work is keeping an eye on the mental health of our clients. An important part of our service involves our Care Professionals providing companionship to older clients to enable them to remain happy in their own homes for as long as possible.
During care visits, our Care Professionals also ensure that their clients are keeping well, both physically and mentally. However, there will also be times when older people will be on their own. Therefore, we want to offer you help and support so that you can help your loved one to live well at home for as long as possible, whilst maintaining a healthy frame of mind.
There are many benefits to keeping an active mind – and growing older doesn’t necessarily mean that your mental abilities will be reduced. A person’s brain works like a muscle, which means it needs to be given regular workouts to keep it functioning at a high level. This is particularly important for ageing adults, who might not have as much mental stimulation in their lives.
People who engage in meaningful activities, such as volunteering or hobbies, say that they feel happier and healthier. Learning new skills could also improve an elderly person’s thinking ability.
One good way of stimulating mental health is by connecting with other people through social activities and community programmes. These can be brilliant for helping your loved one to keep their brain active. They will help them to feel less isolated and more engaged with the world around them. Taking part in regular social activities might also lower the risk of some health problems, as well as improve overall well-being.
There are numerous other activities that an older person can become involved in so that their brain remains sharp and stimulated. Take a look at some of our ideas about how they can stay positive by taking part in activities that anyone can do in the comfort of their own home.
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