Being able to recall and use relevant information while performing a task is something that we are all used to. However, those with Alzheimer’s disease often have trouble with this and experience devastating changes to their working memory and other forms of cognitive functions. According to Alzheimers.net, “Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends.” Mental stimulation is composed of various activities that help reduce but not eliminate the effects of memory loss. Therefore going on group outings and providing mentally stimulating activities for those with memory loss is important to keeping your loved ones active and happy. Here are some ways you can provide mental stimulation to those with memory loss.
Getting out of your normal everyday environment is very important to help stimulate your entire body. Just by doing something as simple as going outside to the park or to the grocery store can provide you with some amazing health benefits. Not only does it provide a sense of belonging and culture, but it also allows you or a loved one to enjoy boosts to your mental and emotional states. Another great benefit to getting outside are the benefits of the natural sunlight on your skin and the fresh air that you breathe in. According to the Cleveland Clinic, ”Sunlight causes your body to produce vitamin D. Data is emerging that suggests sunlight — with its ability to produce vitamin D — may reduce the risk of hip fractures, high blood pressure and stroke or heart attack for older adults, the study says.” By participating in regular outings and activities will help keep older people mobile and independent longer.