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The Best Activities To Stimulate Elderly People
Elderly people with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and dementia, and other mental ailments, must exercise their minds as often as possible. Medical research has found that some forms of mental stimulation are better than others because of the way in which the brain responds to certain stimuli.
Bright colours are a good way to simulate the minds of the elderly. The are many parallels with childhood. For example, playing with rag dolls, and brightly coloured balls have been known to have a positive effect on keeping the mind active. There are other, more meaningful methods of play and can also be used to exercise the old person's mind physically as well as mentally. Brightly coloured jigsaw puzzels with large pieces are a good example. Not only do the colours draw their eye, but the mental process requred to place a piece is good exercise for the brain.
It is a well known fact that the presence of animals such as cats or dogs can have a positive affect on the health of elderly people.
For example, outdoor activities that involve animals are good activities for elderly people, especially if the person concerned is still active physically. Dog walking is a good example. This will the elderly person responsibility and provide some meaning to the day. It will also improve their perception of themselves as a human being with value.
Good natured, managable dogs are are perfect for such activities because provide instant feedback for any fuss or attention that they receive.
Feeding ducks is another good example of an activity involving animals, as is being responisble for placing food on a bird table.
Activities like the ones above can be fun for both the caregiver and receiver. Never underestimate the power of activities. Research evidence supports the concept "use it or lose it".