Hi, this is Anthony Diaz. Mental stimulation of the seniors, especially those with mental illness such as bipolar and mania is important. We find it very important to set aside a specific time frames to ensures that they are getting mentally stimulated. It helps keep their minds sharp and active. Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, and mental health issues must exercise their minds as often as possible and finding the right ways to achieve this could take forever, unless you have a little bit of help and advice. Here at Rosa’s we have a team that helps.
Our residents are enjoying arts and crafts and we make sure it is eatable so they can eat what they make. This helps them with good conversation, and keeps their minds active as they find ways to create. Since we know that bright colors have been found to work best by the various studies that have been carried out, their masterpieces are often quite colorful.
We have chair yoga and exercise as it is a great activity that helps stimulate not just the brain, but the body as well. Often time during the exercises, discussions take place and we find that our residents are engaging with one another and getting their exercises. This really helps them with physical and mental issues.
Outdoor activities that involve animals are also perfect activities for mentally and physically disabled seniors. That is why we have several pet turtles. The residents love them and they get outside. We also have a wonderful patio that they can spend time on and enjoy taking in some great vitamin D. Some of our residents enjoy walking outside in the yard and getting more exercise. Obviously, any such activities must be carried out under close supervision to ensure that the safety of all is maintained.
Urban therapy, where they go out into the community under direct supervision is also very mentally stimulating. Our residents have gone out to a variety of places either to ride the new street car, or to have lunch at a restaurant, our residents enjoy getting out and spending some time outside the home. We have found this to be very stimulating for them.
Of course, it is important to know when stimulation can create problems and making sure they get plenty of rest not just for the body, but for the mind. SO be sure to watch out for behaviors that might suggest seniors need some still time. This quiet time is very important and overstimulation must be watched. It is a fine line we walk here at Rosa’s to ensure our residents get the proper mental stimulation. Make sure your senior is getting the right mental stimulation and you will discover how much happier they are.