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Deupree House Residents Exercise Brain Fitness with Mind Fit Series

 

For years, Episcopal Retirement Services has been proud to be recognized as one of the Tristate’s leading providers of cutting-edge memory care. And thanks to our stellar reputation, seniors and Cincinnati families know to turn to Deupree Cottages, and our sister memory care communities at Marjorie P. Lee, for the latest and most enriching cognitive loss and dementia therapies.

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3 Fun New Card Games Any Senior Will Enjoy

December 28 is “National Card Playing Day,” but card games are fun any day of the year— and a great brain fitness activity to boot! Over the past few years, there have been many new card and board games released that have become very popular with people of all ages. Some of the best games are enjoyed by games from 10 to 100 (and beyond!). Check out three popular games and see if you find one that might be fun to enjoy with friends or loved ones on National Card Playing Day, or any other day.

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Do You Know the Story Behind Your Favorite Carols?

Do you know that we have St. Francis of Assisi to thank for initiating our current tradition of singing Christmas carols? Although much has changed in our song choices since the 13th century, in honor of this year’s Go Caroling Day, celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 20, we thought we’d take a quick look at the origins of five traditional Christmas songs and carols.

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5 Group Brain Fitness Activities to Enjoy This Holiday Season

What if you decided that the best gift you could give yourself this holiday season was a big boost in brain fitness? It doesn’t have to be a drag either—by enjoying a few fun brain-focused activities, you can improve your memory and increase your judgment, intuition, reasoning, and perceptual abilities. We now know that the human brain is malleable and moldable, even well into old age. The brain’s neuroplasticity allows it to change structure, grown new cells, and form new pathways with our every thought and action. We can stay clear-minded well into our 90s if we provide our brains with the right kind of stimulation.

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Stress Relief May Be the Best Brain Fitness Exercise

Stress can be a problem for a person at any age or stage of life, but by the time a person reaches retirement, daily life should be a breeze. Right? Well, just hold on just a minute there—it really isn't so. Stress can actually increase with age. Physical limitations or serious illness, financial worries, loss of friendships and friends, feelings of purposelessness—all experiences common to older adults, and all experiences that can have a worrisome effect on both physical well-being and brain fitness.

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5 Brain Fitness Exercises to Practice in Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

As the number of older adults with Alzheimer’s increases each year, there’s no guarantee that you will stay sharp long into your golden years, but there is increasing evidence that you can exercise some control over your brain fitness by being good to your body. It is never too late to embrace healthy habits, practice both mental and physical stretching, and indulge your curiosity. As experts in diverse fields of aging, mental health and physical well-being attest, the relationship between body and brain is closer than you may have imagined. Even though it may not be possible to "think yourself well," it is certainly true that if you abuse your body, your brain will also suffer.

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5 Brain Fitness Habits to Make Part of Your Daily Routine

Brain fitness is not a complex subject. As it turns out, according to the most up-to-date research available, what is good for your body is also good for your brain. And vice versa. Get a jumpstart on brain health with these 5 habits:

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3 New Skills Seniors Should Pick up on ‘Smart Is Cool’ Day

Just because the last time you stepped foot inside a classroom was over 40 years ago does not mean you’re too old to pick up a new skill. Taking the time to actively pursue a new learning opportunity helps create a more well-rounded and meaningful life at any age. For older adults, however, it’s even more important to take advantage of every chance you can to keep your minds active. Studies show that engaging in learning opportunities can have tremendous physical and brain health benefits as we age, in addition to the mental and emotional health benefits gained by social interaction in a classroom setting.

October 22 is "Smart is Cool Day," and it’s an ideal time to give your brain a workout learning something new. Enroll in that language class you always wanted to take. Pick up a new hobby, or maybe learn more about an old favorite activity. Whatever you decide, make a commitment to keep learning new things every day, and you will feel, and think, better than ever before.

If you’re at a loss for where to begin, here are three great brain fitness-boosting ideas that can help get you started.

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Test Your Brain Fitness: How Well Do You Know Harper Lee?

It's no secret that frequent readers enjoy better brain fitness. Studies have shown that novel-readers experienced better brain function and connectivity when deep in the pages of a book. And enduring classics, like Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, have undoubtedly made the world a smarter place. In anticipation of the release of Lee’s forthcoming sequel, Go Set a Watchman, later this year, we thought we’d help you flex those brain muscles even more with a little trivia on the famous novel and its author.

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5 Simple Food Swaps That Help Improve Brain Fitness

We’ve got some good news for you seniors doing your best to keep your brain at peak performance in your golden years: making a few simple dietary changes can help super charge the physical and mental exercise in your brain fitness routine.

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