As you age, you may realize that your body is undergoing changes. You may have read about this and it may be expected, but it does take some adjustment to get used to! For example, you may start feeling sudden aches or pains throughout your body and to deal with this, you may decide to be more careful while moving. However, one bodily change that you might not know how to deal with is changes in your concentration. Facts that once came to you so easily might be taking longer to remember. You may also feel more easily distracted and if this bothers you, here are some steps that can help you in improving concentration as a retiree.
Multitasking and trying to accomplish many things all at once is not beneficial for your focus. To improve your concentration, you can focus on one task at a time rather than trying to accomplish many things all at once. This is a form of distraction that affects concentration. Additionally, you may be more easily affected or hypersensitive to your environment. This is why we would suggest that you turn off notifications on your phone, not log into the Internet and sit in a quiet spot if you’re trying to focus on a task.
Stop Doing Things for Long Hours
If you are trying to knit or engage in a hobby and are struggling to focus, it might be because you have spent too long on the same task. Working long hours on a single task is not productive and expecting u to be fully focused is unrealistic! Try to carry out tasks with a time limit and experiment with different time limits to see what best works for you.
Learn Something That You Have Never Learnt Before!
Breaking your routine and stimulating it by learning something new can be beneficial in boosting concentration. You should choose something that is engaging enough but also not overly overwhelming as this might affect your self-esteem. Some examples of this can be playing a new instrument, learning to cook a new dish or exploring arts and crafts.
Change Your Diet
You may be surprised to know that your diet can impact your memory and concentration. Decreasing your intake of simple sugars and preventing yourself from consuming excess caffeine can be beneficial. You can increase the amount of vegetables and fruits as this will prevent your blood sugar levels from fluctuating, which is what affects concentration levels.
When Should You Move to a Retirement Community?
If you feel as though your concentration is worsening and you believe that it’s affecting your ability to carry out daily activities, moving to a retirement community like TerraBella Newton can be the answer to your problems. Here, we have special memory care programs that are created for residents who struggle with memory loss and you might benefit from this program too! Contact us to find out more about our senior living program and what life in our retirement community might be like for you.