Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of cognitive decline, such as memory loss and confusion, impact one in nine U.S. adults. An estimated 10.8 percent of people between 45 and 64 experience this issue. However, it’s more common in senior adults, affecting 11.7 percent of the 65+ population. Cognitive decline can be a precursor to conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s, so it’s important to care for your brain health as you or your loved one age.
Since the earliest cases of COVID-19, doctors cautioned that those 65 and older must self-quarantine since they are among the most susceptible to this virus. While the physical benefits of social distancing for seniors are undeniable—their health depends on it—the logistics can be just as stressful as the Coronavirus threat itself.
Pursuing a creative hobby or learning a new skill activates both the senses and imagination, which can sharpen the mind and slow the decline of brain function, notes Harvard Health. Creativity enhances focus, builds awareness, stimulates curiosity, and promotes belief and confidence in oneself, Harvard Health continues. As such, arts and crafts and creative pastimes are ideal activities for dementia.
The goal of assisted living is to create a safe community to meet the needs and lifestyles of aging adults. Some socially active seniors or matriarchs and patriarchs of their family may worry that transitioning to assisted living will hinder their ability to be a host others. However, the benefits of assisted living translate to guests and special occasions as well.
Moving out of your house—the place you lived for decades, raised a family, and created many memories—to downsize to assisted living can be a bittersweet process. But while it does require some adjustment on the frontend, there is no reason your new senior living apartment can’t have all the comforts of home and reflect your personal taste. What’s more, the new space can also hold opportunities for a fresh start.
People are living longer, more fruitful lives. However, many older adults worry about being a burden on their loved ones in their later years. Fortunately, senior assisted living communities are here to help. New communities, like Vineyard Bluffton, focus on simplifying life for older adults. Their living amenities provide as-needed assistance with a keen focus on sustaining residents’ independence.
Whether you’re getting up there in years, or you have older loved ones, we’re all eager for ways to stay sharp and focused. Luckily, when it comes to improving your mind’s health, there’s an option that’s both effective and fun—playing games.
It can be easy to want to be more sedentary and spend more time relaxing during the winter. But staying healthy is something that should be a focus throughout the year, especially for older adults. Thankfully, South Carolina graces us with cool, beautiful winter weather that encourages exercise. When it comes to enjoying outdoor activity, the winter allows you to get moving in ways you might not be able to during the hot and humid summer months. However, there are also plenty of indoor workouts for the days you want to stay inside.
It’s that time of year when we need to buy holiday presents for our family and friends. If you have a loved one with dementia, you might be stuck trying to figure out an appropriate and useful gift they can safely enjoy. We’ve listed ten unique gift ideas for someone with dementia, for you to use as your guide this holiday season.
If you or your loved one start forgetting things throughout the day, you might be worried about possible cognitive issues. Many people ask, is this normal aging, or should I schedule a doctor’s appointment or have a memory screening?
November is National Caregivers Month, a time for us to honor the 43 million Americans who care for a loved one. Caregivers often have full- or part-time jobs in addition to providing care. We understand the challenges, hard work, and dedication it takes to care for another person. Caregiving is an around the clock job, often unpaid and under-appreciated.