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Interesting ways seniors can take care of their mental health

posted Sep 26, 2019, 10:24 AM by Dr. Curtis Cripe

As the head of the NTL Group, Dr. Curtis Cripe has put a premium on mental health. He has over the past few years, shared through his blogs the things he has studied and practiced to promote awareness.

For this blog, Dr. Cripe wishes to share with seniors and the people taking care of them how to keep one’s mental capacity as healthy as possible as one reaches their twilight years. Below are some ways to, at the very least, delay the onset of dementia and other mental health issues.

Learning new things: One of the best mental exercises a person can do is to learn new things. From taking night classes to reading books to learning how to cook, all these activities stimulate the brain and keep it from being stagnant.

Take on a new hobby: Building from the previous item of learning new things, taking on a new hobby allows a person to feel, smell, see, and taste new things. The use of these senses once again keeps the brain active, which is important in delaying the onset of mental health conditions.

Keep moving: Being physically active either through (low impact) sports or everyday routines such as knitting or writing can keep a person’s hand-eye coordination and other fine motor skills at their peak. This is also very beneficial when it comes to a person’s overall health.

Can you think of other ways seniors can take care of their mental health? Share them with Dr. Curtis Cripe in the comments below.

Dr. Curtis Cripe played an important role in the development of the programs being used by the NTL Group, which specializes in the treatment of learning disabilities and neurological diseases. More information on Dr. Cripe and his work here.