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Tips for Promoting Optimal Brain Health in Seniors

Posted by Brian Shevel on 27 January 2015

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), January 27, 2015 - Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region (HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com), the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is revealing its top five expert tips for promoting optimal brain health in seniors.

"Doctors constantly stress the importance of keeping seniors physically active by walking and doing other simple activities. But equally important to counteract the aging process is taking steps to ensure the mind is just as active and stimulated," says Lester Fix, vice president of Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region. "Keeping the body strong and healthy plays a part in keeping the brain sharp. In fact, many of the same activities we encourage seniors to practice for physical health assist mental functions as well."

Fix explains that exercising 30 minutes a day and eating a healthy and balanced diet are important to physical health, while also promoting brain health in seniors. Both activities increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, which helps improves clarity, memory, and overall function.

"Maintaining social ties is another way to maintain cognitive function," he adds. "Having meaningful friendships with people or groups that one can speak with on a daily or weekly basis prevents feelings of loneliness and isolation."

Fix notes that this leads to another tip for seniors to consider when trying to encourage brain health: to avoid stress and take part in activities that promote calm and clear thinking. Stress prevents the brain from learning, so participating in activities like yoga or meditation combats potential stressors. (Source: "Taking Charge of Your Brain Health in the New Year and Beyond," Home Care Assistance web site; http://homecareassistance.com/carenotes-newsletter/carenotes-volume-7/carenotes-the-home-care-newsletter-vol-7-issue-5, last accessed January 23, 2015.)

"Being around positive people can really take care of all of these points," Fix concludes. "A good core group of friends keeps seniors social and active and can alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress."

Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region uses the trademarked Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which incorporates activities seniors can do at home that have been proven to improve brain health. Visit the Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region web site at www.HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com to learn more about this method or about how its caregivers can provide the elderly with the best in home senior care.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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