Communicating and Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is effectively communicating with them. They may have difficulty expressing their needs or the caregiver may not know how to address their changing ability. Caregivers can also get annoyed or frustrated because their caree repeats words or forgets the words for common items. To make communication go more smoothly, it helps to understand what the common challenges are, and then move forward with solutions. Once you understand the challenge, it can be easier to communicate with them. You realize what they are experiencing is a normal part of the

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How can you Live a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle and Why is it Important?

In recent years a major recurring theme has taken center stage in scientific research on the human brain: The lifestyle a person leads plays a major factor in how the brain ages and can directly affect the arc of memory-impairing diseases. From diet and exercise to stress management and social interaction, there are very few parts of a person’s lifestyle that don’t affect how their brain will age. Though the level of detail provided by these studies can vary greatly, there has never been a better understanding of how the lifestyle choices a person can make to increase their chances

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Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles

 Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles

The world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, refers to imagination as a “discovering faculty,” one that “penetrates into the unseen worlds around us.” That power to see beyond what is immediately available is echoed by Dave Evans, Stanford professor. “There are lots of you,” he reminds us. “There are lots of right answers.” Things are so much more than they seem, especially for those with a fertile imagination. If your interested in keeping your brain sharp, we recommend exploring ways to enhance your creative powers.  Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles  Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles Seeing multiple possibilities, believe

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Nordic Walking For Seniors

Happy seniors walking with trekking poles

Such a sport as Nordic walking (with walking poles) quickly gained popularity all over the world. And it's no wonder - exercise minimizes and eliminates a wide range of health problems and serves as a prophylactic for heart disease. However, such training requires appropriate conditions: A pleasant view outside; A convenient path; Quality equipment.   What are the benefits of the exercise? This sport has a simple technique and does not require special training. Among other things, it is recommended for people over the age of 60 and pregnant women. However, the effect that Nordic walking has on the whole

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How Friends Keeps Us Young at Heart

Staying socially active enriches our lives, and creating intergenerational friends keeps us young at heart and mind. But, how does an older person create a mutually beneficial relationship with someone a decade or so younger without making them feel like they're being groomed to be the absent child? I've always had older and younger friends. I've been lucky that way and now that I'm older, and have no children, I don't worry that a younger friend will ever feel like I treat her or expect her to take the role of my (absent) child, nor would I want to be

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Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent

Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent

We don’t choose who are parents are, and for some of us, we end up with parents who didn’t exactly show us the love, support, and compassion we deserved growing up. As they grow older, those parents can come back and want to be helped. As much as you may not want to help them, you know you should. So what do you do? Do you just stay quiet and do what you feel you need to do? Or do you turn around and walk the other way? Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent Well, the decision is yours to make, and

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How to Fire Up Your Motivation and Overcome Depression

Teaching aged man

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions and affects people of every age, gender, and ethnicity. It is also widespread among seniors. According to Mental Health America, over 2 million out of 34 million Americans aged 65 and older suffer from depression brought by either an existing health condition or negative life circumstances. Depression has many symptoms depending on the form, but the most common involve apathy and helplessness. And while the treatment for depression requires medicinal support and therapy, seniors can alleviate these symptoms by boosting their motivation. what are the most optimal ways for seniors

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Importance of Seniors and Social Connections

Importance of Seniors and Social Connections

A social friendship builds inclusion and connection. One of the paths to healthy aging includes connecting with peers and building friendships. It’s a known fact, and the effects of isolation are depression and loneliness. And their harm puts an individual at a higher risk for falls (especially the elderly,) chronic diseases, and even early death. Importance of Seniors and Social Connections One of the paths to healthy aging includes connecting with peers and building friendships. It’s a known fact, and the effects of isolation are depression and loneliness. And their harm puts an individual at a higher risk for falls (especially

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Safety Changes To Help Aging Parents Remain Independent

When you to visit an aging loved one or parent, keep an eye out for safety issues. Here are some safety updates you can make to their home. Bathroom Upgrade: My parents recently remodeled their bathroom. They put in a higher toilet, which is easier for them to use and installed a shower stall. They aren’t at a point where they really need these safety upgrades, but they plan to stay in their home as long as possible and opted to make the changes now, versus later. If your aging parent can’t afford a complete renovation, you can still install

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