Keeping your mind active is one the most important things you can do to keep your brain sharp. Just like the muscles in your arms and legs, your brain is a muscle that needs to be worked out regularly. Attempting to learn new things is a good way to stay focused and productive.
The internet is one of the best tools that seniors can utilize, but for many reasons they resist all attempts at trying to teach them. My mom is no different. I’ve tried many different ways to try to get her interested in learning how to use technology and she just flat out refuses.
I was the same way up until a few years ago. Oh, I knew a few things like how to get on the internet and how to go to websites if I were booking a hotel or looking up an event, but that was the extent of my knowledge. I had never been on Facebook and had no idea what Twitter was. It wasn’t until I published my first blog post with the help of my daughter that I became interested in technology. Now, it’s a love affair that has bloomed into not only a passion but a profession.
By stepping out of my comfort zone and allowing myself to be taught a few things a whole new form of communication was opened up to me and I have never looked back. By opening myself up to the online world I found a community so much bigger than the confines of my home where I spend 95% of my time. It has created opportunities for me that I could never have dreamed of.
I would love to be able to share some of this wonderful new world with mom. I know she would fall in love with Pinterest and would probably be banned from Facebook in the first hour if only she would try. I read an article on SeniorAdvice.com called “Logging On and Branching Out: Positive Effects of Internet Usage for seniors”. In the article the benefits of becoming one with the computer were outstanding. Now, if I could only get her to read it.
I started my blog because moving to a new state, dealing with a new diagnosis of RA, and becoming a caregiver to my mother who has Alzheimer’s in a short two-year span knocked me flat. I sank into the abyss of depression that ended up affecting my health causing me to eventually be hospitalized with a vocal cord injury. After talking with my doctor I realized that I needed to find ways to cope with the amounts of stress that I dealt with every single day.
So I started learning about Alzheimer’s and Caregiving and I started writing. ‘Every single day I would write about what was going on in our life. It became a place where I could say all the things I couldn’t say out loud. As a caregiver, your number one job is to be a terrific actress. No matter what you are feeling you can never let it show. Whether you’re stressed or upset, or maybe just a little tired you just can’t show it. After a while, all of that hiding causes things like the ulcer that now resides inside my stomach.
My therapy became my blog and it has been one of the best things to ever happened to me. I can honestly say that with the knowledge I’ve gained from the internet I have managed to improve every aspect of my life. Because I’m keeping my mind constantly working and learning new things each and every day. Whether it’s a new recipe or watching a baby panda in China the opportunities are endless. Just make sure you practice safe surfing!
I know by looking at my family tree that Alzheimer’s is in my future and it’s up to me to keep it as far ahead of me as possible and now I feel equipped to do just that. I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power and there’s a whole world of information to be discovered.
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