Hi everyone. Throughout our lives it is important to keep our brains healthy. The majority of people having a total knee replacement are likely in the older age range (including me!) , I thought it would be beneficial to share information about how to keep your aging mind active during COVID-19 times – and beyond! Of course, this applies to other age groups as well…
Play Brain Games.
games come in all categories. The intent is to have fun while
stimulating your mind. Whether it is memory training, visual acuity,
puzzles, and/or video games – there is bound to be something that
suits your fancy.
games – word search, Hangman, Scrabble, etc.
hunts including geocaching
Engage In Brain Training..aka Brain Fitness
Brain training, on the other hand, is gym exercise for the brain. These maneuvers improve your cognitive abilities. You need to do these exercises to work on/improve memory, intelligence, navigation, communication, focus, mental acuity, and brain processing speed.
efficient brain training program will be backed up by scientific
proof (research). Scientific studies will be peer-reviewed,
independent, repeatable, and published in professional journals.
visual processing speed
your opposite-side hand
you are right-handed, use your computer mouse with your left
you are left-handed, brush your teeth with your right hand
your eyes when performing tasks..rely on touch
course, use your common sense
Shower with your eyes closed and feel for your shampoo, soap, etc.
with coins to distinguish size changes
your daily routine
your dog at a different time
a different exercise
in the evening, if morning is your usual
Play A Musical Instrument
music offers so many benefits, it is a shame to not learn one that
suits your desires. Find an instrument that sparks an interest and go
Learn to Read Music
This is a language in and of itself. IT IS A BLAST! Since studies show that only 10% of musicians know how to perform this wonderful, rewarding task – you will be among the educated few.
Read, Read, Read
Our world is turning into a video-oriented one that discourages reading. What a shame. Reading powerfully stimulates the brain. It may take longer to read than watch a video, but the mental results far outweigh the video results.
to your library, check out a book, do some Kindle reading, and/or
subscribe to a magazine/newsletter. The choice is yours.
about it for now. Can you think of another way to keep your brain
healthy as we age? Kindly share in the comment section below.
are some informative links you may want to check out:
this tkr blog post about ways to keep your aging mind active
interesting? Please feel free to share with others. Thanks!
AUTHOR NOTE:Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.
This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, popular tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.
Hi everyone. Flu season is upon us. Can seniors lower their risks of getting the flu? YES!! Read on…
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), an average of five to 20% of the United States population contracts the flu. This costs the nation an average of $87 billion annually. These costs include flu-related illnesses and hospitalization. The senior population is especially vulnerable. Even though there are no 100% guarantees against contracting the flu, you can do your part to lower your risks.
many of us in the total knee replacement population are seniors, I
believe this information is particularly vital.
a personal note before I start: I can proudly state that I am 65, am
on zero medications, and have not contracted the flu. Why and how? I
believe sharing my insight can help you lower your risks. Here they
**Eat a healthy meal plan.**
You need to nourish your entire body, especially your immune system. The healthier your immune system is, the lower your risks of getting the flu.
As we age, our immune systems fight harder to fend off harmful attacks, according to the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information, a branch of the National Institute of Health).
are some things you can do:
Eat plenty of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables. The brighter the color, the more antioxidants.
Prepare your own meals.
By doing this, you can control what ingredients actually go into your food. You will also limit the chances of contracting germs from an unhealthy restaurant kitchen.
It is true that even though restaurants have healthy menu options, you still do not know all the ingredients (including preservatives) that go into the delicious food.
Make some soup. Soup is comfort food. You will be treated to some warm, nourishing, and delicious food. Personally, I love preparing some fresh veggies, then putting them into a crockpot with plenty of water.
Add some spices, put on a cover, and viola! In a few hours I have a tasty delight that just cannot be beat!
Then, I separate cooked soup into airtight containers and freeze for future use. Nothing is easier and/or quick to keep my, or your, energy levels up on colder days/evenings.
**Keep Germs At Bay**
need to be aware that harmful germs are everywhere around you and can
negatively impact your health. Keep them at bay by doing the
Thoroughly rinsing and drying fresh produce before using.
Regularly cleaning your hands. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are important dos and don’ts you need to follow.
and after preparing and/or serving food
putting in contact lenses
dealing with sick people
using the toilet
an animal, its food, and feces
hand sanitizers containing less than 60% alcohol.
your eyes, nose, and/or mouth without cleansing first.
Limit your chances of transferring bacteria, microbes, and viruses by using a proven hand cleansing technique. The Mayo Clinic states that hand washing is the most effective way to avoid spreading germs. Visit their website for a detailed cleansing description.
your home’s interior clean. There are a number of ways for you to
accomplish this goal:
Clean your doorknobs, computer mouse/keyboard, phone, faucet handles, and other places you regularly touch. Use a disinfectant.
Clean your bathroom: shower curtain, tub, faucets, sink, toilet, seats, etc.
Add a small amount of bleach when washing your clothes.
Dry clothes thoroughly before wearing.
Change your air filters. These are found in your kitchen, furnace, and air purification systems.
Change your vacuum bag regularly.
Thoroughly sanitize your cutting boards and utensils after using.
Dust. Dust contains a wealth of airborne microbes that can play havoc on your health. Be sure to regularly dust your counter tops and other surfaces.
**Maintain An Ideal Weight.**
Being overweight leads to many poor health concerns, including increased risks for getting sick and contracting the flu. Stay healthy by maintaining a recommended BMI.
**Get up and move around.**
all know that exercise is important to overall health. Exercise
improves circulation, among so many other body functions. It is known
for extending the aging process.
Exercise enhances the immune system by allowing your blood to freely move throughout your body – carrying vital nutrients where needed. It improves circulation, in other words. This is according to many studies, including one discussed in Harvard Health Publishing.
This is especially true for the aging and senior population. It does not matter what age you are, get out there and do it. There are so many fun and easy ways to incorporate exercise into your daily regime, start getting involved.
Here are some tips:
Find something you like. This increases your chances of sticking with it, according to the AARP.
Start out slowly and gradually increase your intensity and duration levels.
Alternate days between strength, balance, and flexibility training.
Find a personal trainer who is knowledgeable about senior health, if desired. They are specialized and will work with your individual situation.
Stay hydrated!!!! Dehydration leads to all kinds of health dilemmas. This applies even when swimming and/or doing water aerobics. Sip before you are thirsty.
Take classes with friends. Some find support helpful and encouraging.
Join your local Y. Many offer senior programs that can save you money, while offering socialization opportunities.
so many options available, there is no excuse for you not to get up
and move. It is a privilege to reach a point where you realize the
importance and impact that exercise has on your body. Reach that
point and be proud of yourself! You can do it!
Consumer Reports highly recommends older adults get both a flu and pneumonia vaccine each year. According to Harvard University, the vaccinations significantly lower health risks for the senior population when compared to those choosing not to be vaccinated. Flu shots are covered by Medicare.
**Get a Wellness Check.**
Wellness Checks were implemented by the Affordable Health Care Act in an attempt to prevent chronic diseases and improve public health. They are free for Medicare recipients.
Yet, only about 15% of patients take advantage of this option, according to the AARP. So…what are you waiting for? Become proactive with your health and schedule an appointment today.
**Remember Your Mental Health.**
Your mindset play a key role in determining your overall health level. How many times have you seen and/or heard someone complaining about everything possible? These people usually end up aging faster than those with a positive,”can do” mindset.
I am so pleased that modern science has finally come to the conclusion that our mind and body are tied together. Harvard Medical Publishing has written a wonderful article about this.
everyone has days when things just don’t seem to go correctly. Let
yourself have a good cry, if needed. It will do wonders.
are some other useful ways for keeping a positive mindset and
lowering your stress level:
Brain training exercises. These are different than games meant to pass the time. Find a reputable source that is scientifically-backed to train your brain to healthier functioning.
Writing. There is something magical about putting your thoughts into words on a paper..or blog. 🙂 Keep a journal.
Meditation. For me, driving my car on an open road is a form of meditation. Find yours.
Deep breathing exercises.
Watch a comedy. Laughter is medicine. Certainly, you have heard this saying.
Listen to music. Or, if you are lucky enough, play a musical instrument.
science is continually developing new technology to keep everyone,
including the senior population, operating at optimal levels. Check
into participating in a clinical trial focused on anti-aging
trials do not necessarily involve prescriptions. They may include
monitoring your activity with a FitBit, maintaining an exercise log,
and/or relaying the health benefits of changing your everyday
Checking with a reputable organization, such as CureClick, is a sure-fire way to gain reputable information about clinical trials. Learn about them here: www.cureclick.com. CureClick is committed to supporting patients, caregivers, patient advocates and life science companies through education about health, science and clinical trials.
In closing, always place your health first. It is the greatest asset you have. As seniors, we must do everything in our power to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the flu. Start using a motto of: I WILL DO MY BEST TO STAY HEALTHY!!
luck! Let me know how you are benefiting from my insight and
Find this blog post about whether seniors can lower their risks of getting the flu interesting? Kindly share….
AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.
award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a
published author and tkr patient who has been living with various
physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences
to help others going through the same thing.