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Brain Health During Social Distancing

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication and cognition.  Patty Halse, our speech therapist, provides relevant functional treatments in these areas.   During the month of May, she’s challenging us to focus not only on our physical health but also on our “brain health”

Focusing on your brain health during this time of “social distancing” is one of the best things you can do to improve your concentration, memory, spirit, and mental agility, no matter what age you are.

Patty suggests several different activities to try including:

  • FIND SOMETHING NEW YOU LOVE, whether a traditional or online game, a new hobby or skill or taking a free on-line course. Memorize a scripture/day. New or novel activities help your brain form new cellular connections and strengthen existing ones.
  • PLAY – do crossword puzzles, play chess, card games or online games with others. These activities stimulate the brain.    Playing electronic “brain games” may help improve your reaction time, your problem-solving and memory abilities.
  • FINE ARTS – enjoy music, poetry, drawing, painting, coloring. The arts can provide comfort, elevate one’s spirit and affirm life and hope.
  • STAY SOCIALLY ENGAGE – even though we are “socially distancing” physically, avoid isolation. Intentionally engage with at least 2-3 people every day by phone, letters or e-mail/video chat.  Have a “virtual” meal, coffee time or bible study.   Staying social boosts our overall mood & well-being.

For more specific activities to keep your brain engaged during this social distancing time, feel free to call Patty at Hegg 476-8080 and she’d be happy to give you additional information.

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