We know children’s brains are like sponges, soaking up information, learning new languages with relative ease, and growing and changing on their journey to adulthood. On the flip side, many of us believe that once we’ve grown up, our brains are done and there’s no way to keep Alzheimer’s at bay. We’ve come to think that at best they’re stuck in neutral or that it’s all downhill as cells drop off and abilities fade.
None of this is true, of course. According to Dr. Roger Landry in “5 Fitness Tips to Improve Your Brain, just published in U.S. News & World Report, you can make your brain stronger and healthier by exercising it — just like any other muscle. Dr. Landry, who serves as president of Masterpiece Living, calls the brain’s ability to rewire itself based on experience and learning “neuroplasticity.”
Why is keeping fit mentally important? Dr. Landry cites a fascinating study of nuns in Minnesota who had “Alzheimer’s brains,” filled with the tangles and plaque characteristic of Alzheimer’s. This came as a surprise because they had not shown the symptoms we associate with Alzheimer’s. Their physically and mentally active lifestyle had helped to stave off this dreaded disease.
Physical and mental exercises are equally important, and Dr. Landry recommends both in addition to a balanced diet. At Central Baptist Village, we’re proud to offer our residents fun, stimulating programs that engage the mind and body, like walking and computer clubs, cultural outings, and abundant social opportunities. Our specialized SeniorFITness™ exercise program, established by Alliance Rehab and available to all residents of Central Baptist Village, is designed to:
- Enhance quality of life
- Maintain independence
- Increase energy and vitality
- Reduce risk of falls
- Improve muscular strength, endurance, balance, cardiovascular health, and self-esteem
Whether you’re an older adult who’s on a quest to stay healthy or the caregiver for an older adult who could benefit from some extra encouragement and support, or a professional who works with older adults and families, I hope you’ll give us a call at 708-583-8500 and ask for the marketing department. We look forward to showing you the difference an active, fulfilling lifestyle can make.