Apr 17, 2017 by Katie Fielmann
As loved ones age many adult children worry about the physical health of their mother or father. But caring for their mental health is important too. Our home health care workers in Wood Dale, IL can help your loved ones improve their cognitive skills and memory, as well as help them stay well physically. Physical activity is important for both physical health and mental health.
Caregivers do much more than ensuring your loved one eats healthy meals and providing support for mobility and daily tasks. They also encourage your loved ones to find new hobbies and activities that will improve their cognitive skills as well.
What Are Cognitive Skills?
Loosely defined, cognitive skills include things like memory, reasoning, awareness of the world around them, perception and recognition, judgment and concentration.
Cognitive skills can be challenging for aging seniors. That’s why it’s so important for your loved one to participate in activities that will stimulate their brains and help them retain those skills. Just like muscles atrophy, if they are not used, cognitive skills will diminish.
Making Activities Fun
Even everyday activities around the home can be turned into puzzles and games that will help senior loved ones work on their cognitive skills. Cooking a favorite meal is a great way to work on memory, perception, reading, fine motor skills, and judgement. Following recipes, gathering ingredients, chopping and stirring, and all the other actions involved in cooking are great for seniors. Our caregivers can take the time to cook with your senior loved ones and help them turn preparing even simple meals into a healthy exercise.
Caregivers also can make it easier for seniors to visit the store or attend social activities by going with them to provide physical and emotional support, as well as arranging safe transportation.
Hobbies like painting, drawing, knitting, and other creative arts are fabulous ways for seniors to stay active and engaged mentally while having fun. Home health care workers can make hobbies easier for seniors by making sure they have the supplies they need, helping them with instructions and directions, and supporting them work through any challenges that come up.
Simple conservation is another activity that is great for those with aging brains. Our caregivers are more than just home health care workers. They’re great listeners and friends who will actively listen and provide conversation as well as care to your senior loved ones.
Interested in learning more about in home caregivers, and how they can provide expert care and companionship to your senior loved one? Contact us or call (630) 313-2242 to schedule a free in-home consultation today.
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