Dementia: Keeping your mind active

As part of The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week, we’ll be bringing you a series of blog posts relating to dementia, offering advice, tips and information for those people who are living with, or affected by dementia.

Keeping your mind active is likely to reduce your risk of dementia, however if you are already living with dementia, it can also be beneficial and may help to slow the progress of the condition or alleviate some of the symptoms. 

Do something that really challenges your brain and do it on a regular basis.  It’s important to find something that you enjoy as keeping it up will be much easier.

Here are just a few examples of things that you can do to keep your mind active:

  • Do crosswords, wordsearches or number puzzles such as Sudoku
  • Play cards or board games
  • Learn a new language
  • Learn to play a music instrument
  • Study for a qualification, or just for fun if you'd rather
  • Read books that challenge your thinking - both fiction and non-fiction

Talking and communication with others can also help to keep your mind active.  If you have a family member or friend who is living with dementia, make an effort to keep in touch regularly to keep up those conversations.

If you are able to, you may want to join a local club or community group where you can chat with like-minded people.  Community groups often have activities to help keep people engaged, both mentally and physically.

At Home Instead, our CAREGivers encourage clients to keep up with hobbies and support them with a variety of activities to keep active and stimulated.  Contact us to find out more about our dementia and companionship care services.