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Intellectual Fitness

Intellectual fitness is just as important as physical fitness. An unchallenged mind will soften and deteriorate. If the brain is not worked it will weaken just like a soft flabby gut. The quickest way to an out of shape mind is by not utilising it and letting in junk. Intellectual junk can be determined as watching mindless TV for example, the brain receives no intellectual value from it. One of the most alarming factors I noticed, while working with elderly clients in residential care, was how fast the basic functions were being forgotten. The simple task of recognising numbers was the worse. I happened to have mentioned this to an associate of mine and she then made a very valid point. In everyday life, we use numbers more than we realise. Counting out change for a purchase, comparing prices in the supermarket. Using our PIN at an ATM, refuelling the car, working out the shortest route for the school run, this all involves numbers. For most people in residential care, this is a sector of life that they become cut off from. There is no need to look at prices, to count change and such likes. In short, the brain receives very little intellectual stimulation and therefore that function starts to fade away.

While the majority of venues cater for aspects of physical fitness very few cater for intellectual fitness. Another area I noticed, while presenting fitness programs to the elderly is that one always had a number of the residents who did not participate due to perhaps physical restrictions, not interested in physical exercise and so forth. In most cases this resulted in those non-participating residents either being holed up in their rooms, feeling excluded or falling asleep during the physical fitness session. The reason- there was nothing stimulating to keep the brain occupied with.

This led me to the development of our Intellectual Fitness Programs something to cater for all. These programs combine the physical aspect of fitness with the intellectual stimulation, resulting in an increase in resident retention and offers a session where there is something for everyone. Our inhouse evidence shows that client retention has increased to an 93.75% average participation rate since the introduction of our Intellectual Fitness Programs.

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