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The Benefits of Keeping the Mind Active

Memory lapses can be scary for senior citizens. Diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s have hindered countless numbers of senior citizens’ lives. Oftentimes, senior citizens fear the worst during a senior moment but, there is hope. Participating in activities that keep the mind active will help senior citizens prevent or slow down cognitive decline.

Try some arts and crafts

Arts and crafts are a great way to stimulate the mind while getting the creative juices flowing. Trying new things enables the brain to rewire and re-train itself. After the reprogramming, the brain starts using different areas to problem solve. Creativity stimulates different parts of the brain.

1. Make a dreamcatcher

As part of the Ojibwe Chippewa tribe tradition, dreamcatchers were made to protect the tribespeople during the nighttime. The catcher traps all the bad dreams in the web and the good ones go through the hole. These beautiful adornments can be made at home using feathers, beads, natural fibers, and leather. Display them anywhere or give them as gifts to friends.

2. Bead bracelets

Beaded bracelets are a tried-and-true art. Craft stores carry so many different varieties of beads and charms. To create the actual bracelet, people can use metal or plastic wire. Beading is simple, just feed the string through the bead’s hole and secure the ends.

3. Wind Chimes

Wind chimes are a welcome addition in any garden. Everyone likes the sound of wind chimes blowing in the wind on a warm spring or summer day. Make a set of wind chimes by using a pot with pre-existing holes. Terracotta pots with drainage holes make a decent wind chime base and can be found at the local hardware or home goods store. Buy some paint and other add-ons like glitter to decorate the pot.

4. Greeting cards

People don’t send enough cards these days, but seniors can change that by making homemade greeting cards. Get creative and purchase ribbons, stickers, and other materials to make greeting cards for special occasions and holidays.

Talk to a healthcare provider

Seniors need to be as active as possible so speak to a healthcare provider to learn about new ways to keep the mind and body moving. Remember, staying active will improve the day and disposition.