North Carolina program boosts brain function

Seniors spending time with children can help brain functionA program in Asheville, North Carolina, has everyone moving, especially their brain waves. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, a Jewish Community Center's Elder Day Club offers seniors a chance to be social while playing games and boosting their brain function.

"There is a perception out there that once you start to slip a little, you're automatically suffering from memory loss and the die is cast," Rebecca Chaplin, an aging specialist, told the news source. "But staying mentally and physically active can make all the difference. It's all about just looking at things in a different way and adapting."

The club also encourages participants to spend time with children by playing games and other activities. Socialization is another important part of treating Alzheimer's disease and can help with Alzheimer's care and progress, the media outlet reports.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, 80 percent of patients with the condition are provided with home care and approximately one in eight older adults has the disease.