It is important to keep the elderly mind active. An active mind will provide the elderly person with a higher quality of life. While it is true that the elderly often have limitations to what they can do, it is inappropriate to think that they can't continue to participate in life. There are several activities that can enhance the elderly mind.
Let’s look at a few tips for motivating the elderly to help enjoy staying active and their mental health in good condition:
- Spend time talking to them about their life – Not only do the elderly enjoy a stroll down memory lane, their stories can be fascinating. It’s one thing to read about the great depression or a war, but it’s an entirely different experience to hear about it first-hand. Not only will the caregiver learn something, but the elderly person will be using their memory skills, which will help keep their minds active.
- Music - Can help an elderly person keep their mind sharp and bring a smile to their faces. Most everyone loves music it speaks to people. The elderly are no different, if you play songs that remind them of their youth, not only will you make them happy, but you are likely to jar their memory and before long they may be singing along!
- Help the patients make friends – It’s no secret that loneliness and isolation can lead to depression and a poor quality of life. Everyone feels better when they have friend to talk to and do activities with, the elderly are no different. In fact, it has been proven that elderly people who socialize on a regular basis live longer.
Let’s look at some specific activities that will keep the patients staying active and their minds sharp.
- Puzzles – word search and crosswords
- Knitting, crocheting , cross stitch sewing, seasonal crafts to decorate their room or a common room, and painting (even if it is a paint by number)
- Reading - If their eye sight is still good, reading is an excellent activity. If they have poor eyesight audio books are great!
- Journal – Writing down the day’s events or their feelings is a great way for them to express themselves. Writing is very therapeutic and mind sharping.
Keeping an elderly mind sharp is an important part of caring for their mental health and over all well-being.