Positive social connections among seniors has been shown to deter various types of physical and cognitive impairments. The lack of social connections our senior citizens face today has been linked to a significant decline in overall health and well-being.
Brain training encompasses strategies relating to memory, spatial awareness, reasoning skills, and multitasking. These strategies build new neural pathways to encourage higher cognitive function for carrying out activities of daily living. Much of the latest research reveals that physical and mental decline associated with aging can be deterred, (with some studies reporting up to ten years), when seniors are committed to consistently boosting their mental capacity with brain training activities and life-long learning. If done on a regular basis, cognitive reserves are built, which can help seniors maintain their independence even longer.
"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The nutrients that the brain requires differs as we age, however most researchers wholeheartedly agree that healthy eating plays a key role in the brain’s cognitive ability as well as it’s resistance to cognitive decline, especially since the stomach is now considered ‘the second brain’, producing many of our essential neurotransmitters. A healthy diet also helps seniors battle other diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, high cholesterol and more. These conditions all contribute to both physical and mental decline, and to the diseases that cause dementia. Each lesson includes one recipe on a colorful PowerPoint with detailed nutritional information about the primary ingredients in the recipe and the benefits they provide to the brain and body. These are discussed in further detail during our online class.
Exercise: The physical benefits of exercise are well-established among researchers. However, more recent findings point to increased cognitive function among seniors, including those already exhibiting signs of dementia. Regular exercise increases blood flow to the brain, therefore encouraging cell growth and improving overall mental fortitude. Our exercise time together also includes a focus on the ‘core’, which helps seniors maintain balance. Also included is muscle strengthening and range of motion, which is designed to help reduce injuries.
Meditation: This portion of our online session incorporates a variety of visualization techniques designed to reduce worry and anxiety, as well as a list of self-affirmations which members are encouraged to speak out loud. Members engage in breathing exercises designed to release stress while increasing oxygen levels in the brain and reducing cortisol levels.
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs and to determine whether making a lifestyle change or decision based on this information is appropriate for you. Brainflex® Wellness Club is not a healthcare service provider.