When you live alone—or simply don’t get out as much anymore—loneliness can quickly balloon into a sense of isolation and sometimes even depression. In fact, it’s estimated that millions of older Americans suffer from depression. However, according Michigan State University Today, researchers have found that avoiding these feelings of desolation and despair can be as…

sleep better

Are you getting enough sleep? Seven to eight hours is the amount of sleep adults need to lead a healthy life. However, data from a National Health Interview Survey found that 30 percent of adults get less than six hours of sleep each night. While it’s been reported that sleep needs change as we age,…

sensory stimulation

The primary sensory areas of the brain are largely untouched by Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). That means that sufferers can still respond to touch, smell, taste and sight in their everyday life. It’s also possible for sensory stimulation to ease some of the symptoms of frustration and actually…

preventable

Healthy living is key to helping you stay physically and mentally fit. By embracing a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a nutritious diet, sufficient rest, socialization and reduced stress, you can improve both your physical and mental health. According to current research, healthy living choices could even reduce the risk of developing brain disorders…

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…

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