Keeping the brain stimulated can help minimize agitation and depression, establish a sense of ownership and independence, gain a feeling of accomplishment, and promote emotional connection & self-expression. The brain is like a muscle. It needs exercise, and a way to exercise the brain is to stimulate it with activities.
Fun ways to connect:
Technology can be unfamiliar and frightening territory for many seniors. But what better of a time to learn than now? Did you know WRC offers tablets for the residents to help them connect with their families and provide endless entertainment options.
Facebook. Facebook is the largest social networking platform in the world, and with good reason. Using Facebook is a good way to stay connected with friends and family. You can share ideas, repost articles of interst, post photos, and more. You can even follow news outlets to get up to date information.
Facetime. Facetime is a video and audio calling service. You will need an iPhone, laptop or Ipad to use it. Like Facebook, it is free. Seeing your children or grandchildren can be immensely reassuring and fun.
Email. Yes, old fashion email is a great way to communicate with people.
Games. Word and card games can keep your mind active. Consider jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku. Don’t forget about online games like solitaire, Words with Friends, and others.
Reading. Reading can stimulate the imagination and take you to places you have never been to before. Use a kindle or the library.
Writing. or a story you have been burning to tell, now might be the time to do it. Perhaps this a good time to write your personal history
Humor. Watch movies or funny television shows. Subscribe to Netflix or Hulu to expand your options and view from the comfort and safety of your home.
Music. Music has the power to stimulate feelings of well-being by evoking powerful memories and emotions.