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Why the Elderly Should Continue to Learn New Things

By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on

Learning can be exciting for seniors, and it also provides many unique health benefits. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care in Allentown, discusses a few reasons why your elderly loved one should continue to learn new things throughout life.

Boosts Memory 

Learning new skills and trends can keep your loved one’s brain sharp. Your loved one can learn how to use a computer, smartphone, or social apps, or he or she could choose a new hobby like sewing. Spending hours each week learning or utilizing a new skill can keep your loved one’s brain active and potentially prevent or slow the progression of memory loss. Your loved one’s brain will be challenged by the fun and new things he or she learns. 

Encourages Socialization

When your loved one signs up to learn new things through community groups or local programs, he or she will meet new people who share the same interests. This helps prevent isolation, which is bad for your loved one’s overall health. Being isolated can lead to anxiety, and stress interferes with the flow of blood and oxygen from the brain to other parts of the body, which could increase your loved one’s risk of heart disease or stroke. Sign your loved one up for classes designed for seniors where he or she can learn about things like new technology or receive music lessons.

Enhances Self-Esteem

Your loved one will likely lose some of his or her independence due to aging, regardless of how healthy he or she is, which could lead to lower self-esteem. However, by learning something new like a language or an instrument, your loved one can boost his or her mood and enhance his or her self-esteem. Encourage your loved one to follow through when learning something new, and remind him or her the new activity may seem difficult at first, but he or she might grow to love it.

Helps with Maintaining Healthy Habits 

Looking forward to learning new things can provide your loved one with physical benefits as well. Learning helps reduce stress and the negative side effects that accompany this emotion, such as depression. The first things seniors typically stop paying mind to when depressed are good hygiene, healthy eating, and exercise, which can lead to poor health. However, by learning new things, your loved one may be inspired to feel better about life and keep up with his or her hygiene and overall health.

Help your loved one keep his or her mind active by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method uses engaging activities designed to slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. In addition to Alzheimer’s and dementia care Allentown families trust, we also offer flexible respite and live-in care services. For more information and to schedule a no-obligation consultation, call 484-350-3874 today.