April 1, 2011

Seven Brain Fitness Strategies for Seniors

“The brain, just like a muscle, needs to work out daily to keep strong and healthy,” notes June Davis, Director of Aviv Centers for Living Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Center. Davis says that seniors who take steps to keep their brains active are helping not only their memory, but their overall mental and physical well-being.
She gives the following seven strategies as a guideline to daily best practices for seniors to partake in to maximize their brain power:

  1. Continue to learn something new each day.
  2. Engage in life and social activities.
  3. Incorporate physical activity into your daily regime.
  4. Fuel your body and mind with good nutrition.
  5. Manage stress.
  6. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep.
  7. Enjoy cognitive exercises like crossword puzzles, trivia and reading.

Davis notes that by coming to the day center and enjoying the organic camaraderie and activity woven into each day, seniors are doing themselves (and their brains) a favor. “We have a host of activities each day including current event discussion groups, exercise, workshops on good nutrition and medication management. Our clients also enjoy special touches like chair massages to help reduce stress and boost brain power.”
If you would like to learn more about Aviv Centers for Living Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Center, call June Davis at 781-973-1587 or visit www.avivliving.org.