Aging occurs whether we like it or not, whether we’re ready for it or not, and it happens to everyone. How well we age though is something that is affected by many factors. Why are certain 80-year old seniors able to outsmart younger family members and be in great physical condition? Yet a 65-year old senior may be struggling with driving, memory and making decisions. Changes in cognitive health and abilities is uneven and depends on many lifelong interactions. Environmental factors seem to have a negative effect on cognitive health. Let’s look at what studies have shown: What’s Normal? As people age, they find that they have diminished speed of processing information. They also have a reduced volume of information they can take in at the same time. And they have a slower rate of new learning abilities. Most young people can attest to that last one when trying to…> Read More
Because our brain helps us to remember, organize tasks, make decisions and plan, its health is essential to living a healthy and independent life. As we age, many changes occur within our bodies. Muscles are less flexible, our vision changes, it becomes more difficult to do certain physical tasks. Our brain experiences changes as well. One common change in seniors is mild forgetfulness. The depth of this symptom is a marker for normal aging. We are all going to get older, as are our parents, so let’s look at 6 ways aging affects the brain. Some Undisputed Facts Brain functions tend to decline as we age but vary from person to person. There is no size fits all. Blood flow is reduced in certain parts of the brain especially those related to learning abilities. This is exacerbated by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and fats, as well as smoking. Consequently,…> Read More
Life spins by at an accelerated pace. The older we get, it seems time moves faster. Ask anyone in their 40s or 50s if the last decade moved slowly or if it disappeared in the blink of an eye. Those involved in elder care recognize the importance of making a plan for the future. If you care for a parent or loved one, you realize planning ahead is the difference between always being in “crisis mode” or knowing exactly what comes next and how to deal with it. By the same token, you recognize that YOU need to make your own plans for the future. Whether you are an elder caregiver or not, here are 3 major reasons to plan for your future now. We Are Living Longer Most recognize this change in our culture but what are we actually doing about it? It is not unusual for today’s senior…> Read More
Today’s seniors are active and want to remain as youthful as possible for as long as possible. According to the Pew Research Center, over 55% of senior adults aged 65 and older have a home computer. How much that computer is used is up for debate. If you care for a senior and your goal is to help them stay active, socialize better, and become more involved in the community, increasing their online and tech skills is a good way to start. Understanding and utilizing technology will help seniors stay connected to the world and their families, and encourage them to be more productive. Computer based activities for seniors are both mentally stimulating and fun. Simple Computer Based Activities Facebook If your senior has any computer skills at all, signing up for Facebook is easy. In fact, seniors are the fastest growing demographic on Facebook. 62% of online adults 65…> Read More
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking” sixty-five years ago. There are over five million copies in print today because everyone, no matter their age, understands the value of thinking positive. Happiness is dependent to a large extent on thinking positive, and this is especially true when one becomes a senior. Aging has its own set of issues, fears and challenges. It can become easy to focus on the negative aspects of growing older, especially if someone is lonely, has a chronic illness or is in pain. Studies have shown that how a senior looks at life can truly affect their age expectancy. Those with a positive feeling about aging live 7.5 years longer than those that don’t. Exercise on its own only increases life expectancy by 3-4 years. Enter Home Care Services Using a home care service like C-Care Health Services can make all the difference…> Read More
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