As the old song goes…Make new friends, but keep the old – one is silver, and one is gold. Studies have shown that maintaining a strong social network seems to be linked to slower cognitive decline.
According to AARP, research suggests the level of social activity and engagement is the key to maintaining good mental health and warding off diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html
Some ways to increase your social circle can include:
- Volunteering at zoo, pet shelter or library
Volunteering is rewarding- you are giving back to your community and it gives you the opportunity to meet people, make new friends and get out of the house. Older adults who volunteer and who engage in volunteering report higher levels of well being.
Volunteer Match helps seniors find places to volunteer. Just enter your ZIP code and you will see all kinds of local volunteer opportunities that are posted by charities and nonprofits. Volunteer Match has helped hundreds of thousands find rewarding volunteer positions and their site lists the actual numbers for the major cities as well as some of the organizations that are what they call non-profit partners.
- Join A Club – quilting, garden or bird watching.
- Join A Gym
- Take A Class – learn how to play piano, harmonica, dance or paint
Memory Café Becoming Popular With Families
There are 5.4 million people in the U.S. with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and this is expected to increase significantly with the aging of the baby boomers. This diagnosis impacts not only the individual, but their care partners and other family members as well. Unfortunately it continues to be a misunderstood disease and people with the diagnosis often experience that even long time friends pull away. There is “still a lot of living to do” after diagnosis and the Neighborhood Memory Café hope to promote this and restore a sense of “normalcy” for both the person with the diagnosis and those that love them, a place to have fun and laugh once again
A memory café is a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or other brain disorder. While memory café is beneficial to those affiliated it is also beneficial for their caregivers as well. It is not a place to “drop off” your loved one for a while, but away to enjoy activities with them as a break from the normal routine.
A memory café is a safe and comfortable space where caregiver and their loved ones can socialize, listen to music, play games and enjoy other appropriate activities. They provide mutual support and exchange information and simply enjoy the company of those with similar things in common.
Memory Café Directory – FLORIDA https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/memory-cafes-in-florida/
For nearly 30 years, Granny NANNIES has referred professional care providers who have brought compassion, comfort and expert care to clients who are able to remain at home while surrounded by the people and things they love.
If you or a loved one are in need of assistance with activities of daily living or help in monitoring other health concerns, CNAs and HHAs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all ages and levels of care. Granny NANNIES believes in treating clients with the highest level of respect and dignity and maintains the commitment to excellence that it was founded upon in 1990. For quality, trustworthy, reliable and affordable care, Granny NANNIES is there.
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