I love hearing stories about people in their golden years that are still accomplishing great things. It gives me hope for the future. Michelangelo was still creating when he was over 80. Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals when he was 79, possibly out of necessity. Frank Lloyd Wright worked on the Guggenheim Museum up until he […]
Being able to remember things depends on your overall health and how well you can maintain mental focus. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that a group of healthy 65 or older adults can improve the speed and accuracy in their overall brain processing. So there is hope for those of us who are aging! […]
Social networks are important for sustaining us as we age. We enjoy interactions with others and those interactions help us to maintain our emotional balance. We enjoy and gather strength and support from our family and friends.
While both Alzheimer’s and Dementia are similar the two diseases do vary. Both diseases are brain function disorders. Alzheimer’s affects the parts of the brain that control language, thought and memory. Dementia on the other hand affects communication and the ability to perform daily activities. Alzheimer’s is not curable at this time. Some forms of […]
Not sure if someone you know is showing signs of dementia? This article lays out the common signs associated with those who are experiencing dementia. Some common signs of dementia are: difficulty performing a familiar task; getting lost even when they are somewhere they are familiar with; putting things back in the wrong place or […]
With a little apology to the bard, Shakespeare may have been on to something when he spoke about the ‘winter of our discontent’. During the winter months in the northern hemisphere it becomes increasingly difficult to get sufficient Vitamin D for optimum brain health. And Vitamin D is very important for brain health and reducing […]
Driving with Dementia is dangerous. Dementia is a universal condition that can affect any person. People with dementia suffer from mental decline, so much so, that it affects their daily life. How to determine if it is time to stop an older individual with dementia from driving is the question. We need objective tests to […]
Recently JAMA Internal Medicine published a study of over 635,008 hospitalizations of nursing home patients that suffered from advanced dementia as well as sever functional impairments. Even more so between the years of 2000 and 2013, the particular use of mechanical ventilation has nearly doubled in numbers among these types of patients in some more […]
Getting a good night’s sleep is critical for good brain health, yet many older adults experience trouble sleeping. Our brains have a core circadian clock that keeps us on a 24-hour cycle, telling us when to wake and when to sleep, but this seems to change as we age.
The disease that everyone fears: Dementia. This disease alone costs the United States $200 billion dollars annually. Experts believe however that we are not to fear this disease and that as technology advances we will have even less fears about the disease. The United Kingdom Cognitive Function and aging studies (CFAS) has found a decline […]