How Do You Keep An Elderly Person's Brain Active?

Recently I wrote a post with my friend about how a doll has enlightened the life of an Alzheimer's sufferer and my friends mum looks after the doll as if she were a real baby. Alzheimer's symptoms can range from regularly forgetting recent events, names and faces of a person becoming unsure of their whereabouts or getting lost, particularly in unusual surroundings.

Alzheimer's is a disorder of brain and mind that will often affect other parts of the body too with then affect the brain causing problems with cognition, memory and the capacity of making sensible decisions. It has been said that keeping the brain active in someone that has Alzheimer's will help them to be more aware of their surroundings. So how would you do this? How can you keep the brain active of a person suffering from a lifelong disease like Alzheimer's? Here we have some tips that can help to keep the brain active of an elderly person in your life.

Colouring books - Giving an Alzheimer's sufferer a colouring book and you will see them using their imagination and creativity to draw and colour. Even if they destroy the pictures afterwards, they have still engaged their brain to think about colours to use, concentrate on keeping in the lines and they are proud of their achievements. Colouring is very therapeutic for them too.

Chatting with them - Often chatting with someone with Alzheimer's, will engage their brain and help to remember things from the past as well as talk about things in the present. Sometimes Alzheimer's sufferers will often talk to themselves or talk to a doll or teddy bear. This is good because they are talking.

Internet - The internet engages the brain of most of us, so with a person suffering from Alzheimer's, it is going to help to keep their brain engaged. Some elderly people don't know how to work the internet but if they have someone with them to help them to use it, then it's only beneficial to them. The internet is full of so many different things for them to look at and online games for them to play, this keeps their brain active and the colours and cartoons in a game will stimulate them too.

Excercise - Gentle exercise with an elderly parent or loved one will stimulate their brain and also help to boost their memory. Exercise will make the elderly relative feel better about themselves as well as stimulating the brain.

Watching TV - This is great for watching older programmes that they may remember from their younger days as well as watch and hopefully participating in programmes like quiz shows. We all know that we join in with quiz shows when they are on the TV, so it is going to help someone with Alzheimer's too.

Using a  Kindle/tablet - These are simple to use and the elderly person needs to just needs to press app buttons to access things like books, colouring apps and apps like Candy Crush, where you need to be quick and think about what your next move is going to be. A lot of tablets are designed for kids to use so they will be easy enough for an adult with Alzheimer's.

We can all help to keep the brain of an Alzheimer's sufferer by encouraging them to use their brain, it will also help us to keep our brain engaged! You can find more advice on keeping the brain active here