Keeping mentally active with games and puzzles can stimulate and improve brain function in aging individuals. The idea that you need to 'use it or lose it' is an important shift from previously held beliefs that as we age our brain necessarily diminishes in agility, function and memory. Proper nutrition, social interaction and intellectually challenging activities can all keep the brain sharp.
I was extremely touched when I first read this anonymous poem which was printed at the end of a book on caregiving. It’s been floating around the Internet for a long time, but with today’s focus on aging, it is surfacing more and more. I feel it needs to be read by everyone who cares about the elderly. It helps us remember. The story…