The online world is full of apps and games that promise to purposefully engage and stimulate one’s mind. They do so by assigning tasks that work on various aspects like short term memory, visual processing, concentration, reasoning, calculation and problem solving. A lot of them fall under the category of either ‘brain train’ or ‘brain games’. So what is it all about? Let’s find out!
Learning a new language at an older age can be like opening a door to another world, one in which both the social and cognitive faculties are refreshed and invigorated. The greatest obstacle to older adult language learning is the doubt in the minds of both learner and teacher if older adults can learn a new language, but it’s vital to realize that it is absolutely an attainable goal. Those who cast aside doubt and embrace the benefits are guaranteed to find success, often sooner than they expect.
Cards or any other board games are a good way to socialize and keep your mind active and alert. And when it comes to a game of bridge it’s a great way to stimulate your mind and socialize at the same time.
Dust off the board games that are lying on the top of your cupboard and put them to use. Indoor games can be one of the best ways to keep seniors’ mind healthy and active. It offers a lot more than just entertainment.
Please have a look at the amazing health benefits of such activities, and maybe you can try some of the ideas that are given below:
How many times have you not even started something because you didn’t know the right way to do it? The beauty of creativity is that there is no definite right or wrong way of doing things.
The expression of one’s feelings, thoughts, or ideas, especially through sharing vocally or in writing, art, music, dance or any means of communication is very essential to attain inner peace. As rightly said by Sigmund Freud, “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” Revealing your emotions and sharing it with your near and dear ones enhance the idea of ageing gracefully. In senior citizens there is often an empty nest syndrome which fills them with a feeling of grief and loneliness, as their children get busy with their families and life. We often forget that besides physical needs, they also long for love and emotional support from their family or friends.
Doing things that we like is better than doing things we don’ right? When tap into our talents and enjoy doing something we tend to not only do it better and more regularly, but also do it with a smile on our face. So, as much as possible, we should try to spend our most valuable resource – time, in doing something more along the lines of what we want to do.
Why do we paint? …We paint to communicate an idea and to express ourselves. Just as the physical body requires certain nutrients to survive, so does the human soul. Painting, like other arts, is therapeutic. Through expression, it helps in emotional release. This leads to a general sense of relief and over all better mental health. Several studies show that art can reduce depression and anxiety.
The hectic pace of today’s 24-hour lifestyle may be wreaking even more havoc on our health than we realize. It also leaves us with limited time to care for our ageing parents.
The computer classes at Samvedna Senior Centre are a big hit with our members. From grand dads to great grand moms we have a whole generation of seniors coming to our centre for the computer classes. Seniors want to learn computers for various reasons, while for some it is a learning experience for others it is a way of staying in touch with their families and friends.
For the slightly younger seniors learning computers is important so that they can enable themselves technically for second careers and also setup their business online.