Five Great Senior Online Sites For Staying Mentally Active
on May 13th, 2020 in Acworth Ga, Dunwoody, GA, Grayson Ga., Mind | No Comments
Stressed, confused and bored, these are the feelings we are all going through during this incredibly tough time of social distancing and isolation. For older adults, who might be at higher risk for COVID–19, the quarantine it appears, will be lasting a bit longer. Besides dealing with the loneliness, many seniors may develop resistance to challenging themselves mentally and staying active cognitively. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. As the leading community in Acworth, and the Atlanta area, providing assisted living, we know that there are lots of online resources out there to keep your senior loved ones’ minds sharp. Here are five of our favorites.
Online Resources That Can Keep Seniors Mentally Active
The key to staying mentally fit is to get into the habit of challenging your intellect and memory on a regular basis. Thanks to the Internet, your elderly loved ones are just a click away from all the websites that can boost their cognitive fitness. Here are some great websites that we, as your #1 assisted living community in Acworth, highly recommend.
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is a non-profit organization with the mission to “enhance the quality of life for all as we age.” Their website is filled with engaging, free content for seniors, including topics like healthy living, social security, and investing. In addition, they also offer a section called AARP Staying Sharp. By being an active AARP member, seniors will have access to the Brain Health Assessment, Staying Sharp challenges, articles, and fun brain games. Overall, AARP.org is an excellent, informative website for aging adults.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that places focus on “spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.” Within 18 minutes or less, your senior loved ones can get to hear experts around the world sharing great ideas about a wide variety of topics. What can you do to prevent Alzheimer’s? How has technology been evolving? The burning questions that your senior relatives (and yourself) have had may be answered through TED videos and that can definitely be very mentally satisfying for them.
According to the Pew Research Center, 62% of Internet users that are 65 and above are Facebook users. Besides a means to stay in touch with friends and families, according to a study, Facebook also has been proved to sharpen senior citizens’ mental abilities. There are plentiful of articles, or even brain games, for your seniors to explore on Facebook. In addition, it allows seniors to follow experts in different fields and be updated with their advice, especially during the coronavirus outbreak.
Suddenly Senior.com is a top-rated website dedicated to providing senior related news along with fun entertainment. Offering online trivia quizzes, riddles as well as front-page news for senior adults. It is great resource for keeping the mind active while having a bit of fun.
Lumosity is a website offering cognitive and scientific games to improve everyone’s working memory and stimulate brain activity. As one of the most popular brain-training games available ( 60 million people worldwide use it), it offers limited access FREE as well as monthly and annual subscription options.
Much as there are plenty of great online resources for your senior loved ones to take advantage of, it’s also important that they take certain precautions when going online. Here are some Internet safety tips that we’ve put together:
Do not open any files, links or attachments from unreliable sources
Create strong and unique passwords (change them every 30 days) *Keep a log if it helps but store it safely.
Only access and make purchases on websites that are secured, specifically contain https:// in the URL
Update your antivirus software frequently
Do not give out personal information on an unknown site
Staying Mentally Active with Assisted Living in Acworth
At Dogwood Forest, we help maximize our residents’ quality of life. Our wellness services and life enrichment programs are designed to help your aging relatives maintain a lifestyle that is both mentally and physically active. With locations in Dunwoody, Atlanta, Grayson, and Acworth, Dogwood Forest is ready to help, especially during this unprecedentedly challenging time.
Contact us today to learn more about our assisted living communities and services or call us at 404-996-1013 for inquiries.