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The Best Activities To Stimulate Elderly People

As a caregiver, one of the biggest challenges that you will face is thinkingup activities to stimulate the person you are caring for, especially if they cannot go on outings. Howerer, it is important to mentally stimulate elderly people in your care to keep their minds as sharp and active as possible. It is also worth the effort because if you can provide mental stimulation for the person you are caring for, it could also help you too. Playing with them, which is essentially what it is, will provide you with a break from your usual routine. People sometimes talk about old age as a second childhood and it's an idea you should cultivate, especially if you consider the mounting research which shows the importance of play and stimulation for the health of the elderly.

Setting aside time

Setting aside a specific time specific times or days when you will do something with the elderly person in your care is a good idea. For the senior, it often proves to be the highlight of their week. It breaks the monotony for them an can calm them down if they have a tendancy to get agitated.

Mind exercise

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

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.

Activities involving elderly people and animals

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.

Obviously, all activities involving old people and animals must be carried out under close supervision to ensure that the safety of all is maintained.

Benefits all round

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".





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