3 Ways Non Medical Home Care Boosts Brain Health For Mom And Dad
Today’s post highlights 3 ways our non-medical home care team supports Oakville seniors’ mental health maintenance. Read on or call (905)-592-4886 to speak with a non-medical home care specialist straight away.
1. Effortlessly Implement The MIND Diet With Non-medical Home Care
According to a recent study led by researchers at the Rush University Medical Center, cited by the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, seniors who rigorously adhered to the principles of the MIND diet lowered their risks of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 53%. Additionally, brain aging slowed by an estimated 7.5 years.
What is the MIND diet, exactly? MIND is an acronym that stands for Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, and the diet itself emphasizes fresh, wholesome foods, such as fruits and vegetables, along with plenty of Mediterranean staples, such as olive oil, red wine, and fish. The diet first became popular in 1997, after studies found that it lowered blood pressure, but thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and brain-boosting nutrients, such as lutein and beta-carotene, it’s now being promoted by a number of cognitive health advocates, like Toronto’s Women’s Brain Health Initiative.
Implementing the MIND diet is easy for our non-medical home care clients—in fact, all you have to do is ask. Our non-medical home care team will buy groceries, stock the house with brain-healthy snacks, prepare meals, and take care of the clean-up, so all your loved one needs to do is show up hungry.
2. Create More Opportunities For Safe Exercise With Non-Medical Home Care
Exercise is known to reduce anxiety and depression, improve blood flow to the brain, aid with the production of new brain cells, and improve memory, but plenty of Oakville seniors still fall well short of their weekly 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity, as recommended by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.
More often than not, these failings come down to two factors: lack of motivation and safety concerns. It can be hard for seniors to get excited for exercise alone at home—something many of us have become acutely aware of since the COVID-19 pandemic locked down our favourite gyms—and it can also be dangerous, since home exercise is a frequent cause of slip-and-fall injury.
Non-medical home care eliminates both of these obstacles, providing much-needed motivation and safety monitoring to give seniors the drive and confidence they need to meet their weekly exercise requirements. We also support your loved one’s exercise efforts as follows:
- Driving seniors to-and-from their favourite exercise classes (post-COVID)
- Connecting seniors with Oakville’s virtual exercise/recreational programs
- Disinfecting home exercise equipment for seniors (E.g. yoga mats, hand weights, exercise DVDs)
- Accompanying seniors on gentle walks and other light activities
- Providing constant encouragement, motivation, and accountability
3. Eliminate The Risks Of Social Isolation With Non-Medical Home Care
The mental health risks of social isolation for seniors are well-established in the scientific literature, but so too are the protective and neuroregenerative effects of regular social interaction. Our team eliminates the risks of social isolation during every homecare visit, chatting and reminiscing with your loved one like an old friend, and we also connect seniors with other members of their family and community in the following ways:
- Assisting with hosting or traveling to social events
- Accompanying seniors to church, community get-togethers, family gatherings, etc
- Enforcing all COVID-19 safety measures during social get-togethers
- Connecting seniors with the Oakville senior center and their online resources
- Helping seniors set up video chat technology, or to simply schedule regular phone calls with friends and family
Learn More About Always Best Care Senior Services In Oakville, ON
Call (905)-592-4886 or visit the Always Best Care of Oakville website to learn more and book a free consultation with our homecare team.