Dementia has been defined as a significant decline in a person’s cognitive abilities due to damaged brain cells that disable cognitive functions. Dementia symptoms may range from memory loss to a decline in thinking, communication and behavior skills. In the case of Alzheimer’s, damaged cells in the hippocampus area of the brain affect memory and learning,…

brain aneurysm

When I lived in Northern Virginia years ago, a bad snowstorm stopped traffic on the Beltway for hours after work. While stuck in that wintry gridlock, one of my coworkers suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and never made it home that night. Tragic stories like these are what we immediately think of when we hear…

sugar

Your Sweet Tooth Could Be Messing with Your Head! Around Thanksgiving, sugar shows up on our doorsteps, an often uninvited, yet not totally unwelcome, houseguest. After tempting us from morning to night and effortlessly luring us into her cloying embrace, we finally summon the power to send her packing in January each year. But while…

elders

In the U.S. and all developed nations, people are living longer because of improved healthcare and enjoying a wider array of opportunities and activities in their latter years. But is our existence really better because of these advantages? In a 2013 TED Talk, civilization scholar Jared Diamond explored life as a senior in modern versus…

Blood Pressure Medication

Seventy percent of U.S. adults age 65 and older have high blood pressure. However, according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 million of them aren’t taking medication to control their hypertension as directed, with those living in the South (known as the “Stroke Belt”) being the worst offenders.…

Music Therapy Can Have Many Benefits for Seniors

About three years ago, Anita Newton’s mother Louise Martin, now 97, stopped recognizing her daughter and others who were close to her. She also eventually stopped communicating and no matter what words Anita used, nothing she said seemed to reach that part of her mother’s mind that stored certain memories. Then one day Newton noticed…

Life is full of stresses. Work, family, social pressure, you name it — it’s not easy to stay positive. If you find yourself down more often then not, it may be time for a change in lifestyle. This doesn’t mean reinventing yourself, but it does mean taking more “you time.” Here are some activities and…

Top 10 Warning Signs Your Elderly Loved One May Need Your Help

It isn’t always easy knowing exactly how to support someone you love, in the right way, at the right time and often times, fear of embarrassment or appearing ‘weak’ means they won’t always reach out and ask for help. Here are some tips that can act as a guide to help you be proactively involved…

You Are Never Too Old to Date! You probably thought you’d never have to do this again, but here you are getting gussied up—with palms sweating and heart racing—to meet a stranger and share a meal or some music. In case you’ve forgotten the rules while you’ve been out of the game, here’s a quick…

With the huge generation of baby boomers becoming seniors, the plethora of technology to improve health, optimize care and encourage socialization is growing by leaps and bounds. Below we’ve found some of the most intriguing and innovative technologies being used in the senior community, right here in Columbus. Prioritize care When your loved one moves…

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