Keeping the mind engaged is vital for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Through active participation in artistic endeavours, they have opportunities to prevent the disease or slow its progression. The Perth Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance have put together a list of creative arts that can stimulate your senior loved one’s cognitive abilities.
Playing music can increase gene activity in the areas of the brain that control learning abilities and memory. Dopamine is secreted and a synaptic neurotransmission is released into the brain, controlling how the neurons receive information, learn, and store memories. Even listening to music can have a similar effect. Finnish researchers discovered seniors who regularly listened to classical music like Mozart developed enhanced gene activity in the brain.
The neural pathways in the brain are dedicated to attention. Acting strengthens the brain’s attention system and increases cognition, which can help prevent Alzheimer’s or slow its progression. Learning lines and other activities related to acting require focus, which plays a crucial role in your loved one’s ability to learn and preserve his or her memory.
In addition to its physical benefits, dancing can also be cognitively engaging. When taking dance classes, your loved one will be learning new steps while monitoring the movements of an instructor or dance partner. He or she will also need to remember previously studied dance steps and how to link movements to the rhythm of the music.
Painting and Drawing
When your loved one paints and draws, his or her cognitive abilities may increase, and creating even the simplest drawings or paintings may provide this benefit. For example, if your loved one paints a clock, he or she will need to remember what the day and time is when painting it. When drawing animals, he or she will need to connect the names of the animals to the pictures. These activities help your loved one reproduce work based on memory, which can stimulate his or her brain and keep it functioning normally.
To learn more about how participating in creative activities can help keep your loved one’s mind stimulated, reach out to Home Care Assistance. All of our caregivers are trained in our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program designed to help seniors with memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. For more information on CTM and the home care Perth families trust, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at [hca_phone] to request a complimentary consultation.