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Becoming Tech Savvy and Improving Your Mental Health

A new study by the Mayo Clinic has found that ‘silver surfers’ are 42% less likely to develop mental health problems and dementia, compared to those who avoid using technology.

As more than 850,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia, it is now more important than ever to learn of different ways, which can help keep us mentally healthy. 

It has been found that already around 63% of adults over 70 spend anywhere from 11-30 hours per week online, which could potentially lead to an increasing number of people maintaining good mental health well into old age.

The study was conducted by the Mayo Clinic and included over 2,000 adults over 70 in the US. Over a four year period, researchers looked at how everyday activities can prevent mental decline.

Their research found that mentally stimulating activities can help build a ‘cognitive reserve’ of new brain cells and neural connections which in turns offsets the deterioration caused in the brain by ageing.

“The results show the importance of keeping the mind active as we age.”

Dr Janina Krell-Roesch, Mayo Clinic

Simply reading a magazine regularly was found to lower the chance of neurodegeneration by 30 per cent. Completing crosswords or other puzzles reduces the chance of neurodegeneration by 14 per cent. Additionally, it was found that social connections also made a difference in maintaining brain health and preventing neurodegeneration as those participants who engaged in social activities were found to be 23% less likely to develop memory problems than those who didn’t.

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7 Tips on Staying Mentally Healthy

As we age, we more or less expect the decline of our physical health as our bodies grow weary through age. However, just like we can take steps to maintain good physical health through nutrition and exercise, it is also important that we address our mental health and ways in which we can stay alert, and stay mentally healthy well into old age.

Mental health is important at every age, and being mentally health just means that we maintain an overall sense of emotional wellbeing. Maintaining our mental health can help us forestall alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and help us deal with day-to-day challenges with a positive outlook.

Here are some ways that can help you do just that:

1.Keep an open mind

Oftentimes after retirement we find ourselves with the challenge of not knowing what to do that doesn’t involve going to work.Therefore it is essential that we keep an open mind to this change and rediscover the things that we always wanted to do. Retirement should be fulfilling, and you alone have the power to make it that.

2. Maintain Connections with those you Care about

We all feel lonely at one time or another, but loneliness shouldn’t be a characteristic of old age. Take this time to write down all the people which you have been meaning to contact and do it. Make family time a priority, and nurture friendships.

3. Read

Reading magazine, books and newspapers is a great way to pass the time and stay connected with current affairs. If you love reading, joining a book club can be a great way to make connections and make new friends.

4. Take up a hobby

Think of what it is that’s always interested and intrigued you, but you’ve never had time to take it up, and do it. Whether it’s learning how to play an instrument, taking up painting, knitting, or working on cars, whatever you’ve always been curious about, now is the best time to set forth and learn.

5. Make a contribution to your community

Research a cause that’s important to you and find ways in which you can help. Whether you’re contributing your time to a charity, working on a community garden, or simply helping a friend – doing something nice for others is the joy that keeps on giving.

6. Maintain stress levels low

Learn what triggers stress, anxiety and depression and learn about healthy ways to deal with these episodes; whether it’s calling a friend or family member, going for a walk, or doing something to distract your mind. After all, good mental health is our overall goal.

7. Keep a regular routine that includes plenty of sleep

Maintaining a routine to your day is key to staving off feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Make sure you allot plenty of time for sleep to give your body the chance to refresh and renew itself. People who are sleep-deprived or exhausted tend to be less able to deal with life’s challenges, therefore getting a good night’s sleep should be a priority.

These are just some of the things that you can take up now to help you stay mentally healthy at any age. Just like our physical health, staying mentally alert and happy is key in maintaining a good quality of life and overall health.

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Choosing the Right Care Home

Is Canwick House Residential Care Home in Lincolnshire right for you or your loved one?

When choosing a care home, the choices and information out there can be quite overwhelming.

Here at Canwick House, we want to ensure that you are both comfortable and confident in choosing us as your next home.

PERSONAL CARE VS. NURSING CARE

Care homes for older people, such as Canwick House provide personal care.

This means that our staff is there 24/7 to offer support, ensuring that your basic personal needs are taken care of. Our compassionate staff will be there to assist you with meals, bathing, going to the toilet and taking medication.

At Canwick House in Canwick Lincolnshire, our compassionate staff will be there to ensure that there’s always someone available to meet your basic personal needs.

Some with medical conditions may need nursing care. If you have a certain type of disability of condition that needs specialised nursing care, you may need to find a nursing home that is able to provide you with this.

LOCATION

When choosing the right care home, you want to ensure that family and friends are close by enough for visits. Canwick House is conveniently located a mile and a half away from Lincoln and only a drive away from these surrounding cities:

  • 30 minutes away from Newark-on-Trent
  • 35 minutes away from Horncastle
  • 35 minutes away from Gainsborough
  • 1 hour away from Nottingham
  • 1 hour away from Hull
  • 1 hour 15 minutes away from Sheffield
  • 1 hour 30 minutes away from Leeds
  • 1 hour 45 minutes away from Birmingham
  • 2 hours 15 minutes away from Manchester

VISITING CANWICK HOUSE

If you’re looking for a residential care home in Lincolnshire we’d love to have you in Canwick House for a visit.

You will find that at Canwick House we provide a warm and friendly environment with compassionate and professional staff.

Our residents are happy and encouraged to participate in group activities whilst also encouraged to do as much for themselves as they can.

At Canwick House, our care staff is always there to provide companionship and a helping hand.

Learn more about why Canwick House in Lincolnshire is the best choice for you; plan your visit, today.

Canwick House wants all visitors to feel welcome; we strive to accommodate all circumstances so do please contact Cindy Paul in the office, who will be more than happy to help you with any questions or concerns which you may have.