Benefits of Journaling for Seniors
Journaling is a great activity for people of all ages, but it can be a particularly powerful tool for seniors. In fact, if you have a senior loved one in your life, there is no better time to start encouraging them to journal. They don’t have to worry about the subject or the quality of their writing—they just need to participate in the activity of journaling.
Here are some of the benefits.
- Journaling Can Help Seniors Preserve Memories-Whether seniors simply re-read their journal entries later on, or decide to share them, journaling is a great way for aging adults to preserve important moments in time. Whether seniors want to write about a big family event, or just a nice day they spent with their spouse—this is a great way to preserve memories.
- Journaling Can Help With Memory Skills- Most seniors know that memory can fade as we age, but journaling can help. Writing something down helps you remember it, and regular journaling can help seniors keep their memories sharp.
- Journaling Can Help Seniors Create a Routine- Routines are very important for seniors. It can help them get better sleep, help them get on a healthy eating schedule and even help with the symptoms of early depression. Journaling can really help create a routine for seniors. Encourage them to journal every night before going to bed as part of their routine—it can really help.
- Journaling Can Act as a Stress Relief- Many seniors struggle with the daily stressors of their life—and journaling is a safe and healthy way to help seniors deal with that stress. In fact, many mental health experts encourage people to keep journals as a way to transfer their overwhelming thoughts to paper and it can help many seniors with overwhelming emotions as well.
- Journaling Can Help Improve Coordination Skills- The more seniors use their senses, the better it is for their mind and body. Writing is a great way to help seniors keep and improve their motor skills and coordination, at a time where some seniors start to see a decline with these skills. The simple act of holding an using a pen can help seniors with their coordination.
- Journaling Can Help Keep The Brain Sharp- Seniors need to be staying as active and as engaged as possible as they age to help keep their mind sharp. Journaling is a great way to keep the mind active, which can help delay the symptoms of early dementia.
If you are looking for a gift for your senior loved one, why not give them a journal and encourage them to start this practice? It can be a great addition to their daily routine and one that comes with a myriad of benefits.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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