Senior Living: Week in Review August 27th
Get the latest news, trends and tips in senior living for the week of August 27th…
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford
It’s true. Keeping the mind engaged through learning and stimulation does help keep you young. Henry Ford’s words resonate in a time when America’s baby boomer population is joining the ranks of seniors in record numbers.
In addition to keeping the mind young through interesting activities and socialization, a recent study indicates that good dental health may lower your dementia risk. In fact, University of California found that women who brushed their teeth less than once a day had a 65% greater chance of developing dementia than women with good dental health habits.
And as A Place for Mom discussed back in February in the post “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease“, NPR discussed this week how sleepless nights may put the aging brain at risk for dementia. Researchers are developing more concrete evidence that disrupted sleep may be linked to cognitive decline.
And here are this weeks daily posts on A Place for Mom’s Senior Living blog:
In a new installment of the New York Times series Patient Voices, people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones tell their stories about coping day to day. Alzheimer’s disease is difficult and debilitating—for caregivers as well as for those suffering from symptoms like dementia. Day-to-day life can begin to seem overwhelming, and even caregivers may feel isolated and lonely in dealing with the health issues of their loved ones… Read the full article
Some seniors don’t experience as much age-related cognitive decline as the average person, and these “SuperAgers” may have a lot to teach us about aging and the brain. You’ve probably heard of supertasters—people with unusually sensitive taste buds—but SuperAgers? Those exist, too, says Professor Emily Rogalski of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center… Read the full article
It’s indescribably painful to witness the deterioration of a parent, spouse or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, or any other type of dementia. Our closest family members are often the very foundation of our lives, and when that foundation crumbles we feel critically undermined. As the disease progresses, we see minor forgetfulness gradually morph into severe impairment, and eventually our loved one’s individuality itself is compromised.… Read the full article
- Narrow Majority Supports Raising Taxes, Retirement Age to Save Social Security
- At The End of Life, Talk Helps Bridge a Racial Divide
- Possession Paralysis Revisited
- CBO Says Medicare Spending Growth Slower Than Expected
- Ten Questions to Consider When Moving a Parent into Assisted Living
- Report Examines Senior Housing Decisions & Key Indicators of Seniors’ Well Being
- Painting in Twilight: An Artist’s Escape from Alzheimer’s
- Aphasia in Dementia
- Genes are a Key to Long, Dementia-Free Life
- Social Security’s Long-Term Funding Gap Exceeds $30 Trillion, Dwarfing Short-Term Surplus
- Katie Couric Takes on Healthy Aging
- First-Ever Alzheimer’s Assistance Dogs
- Will Seniors Ever Accept Care From Robots?
- Don’t Ignore Boomers – The Most Valuable Generation
- Digital Products Help Senior Caregivers
About the Author
Dana Larsen is a senior living writer at A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior care referral service. A Place for Mom helps more than 200,000 families each year find the best assisted living and memory care facilities for their needs and budget across the United States.
Dana is mother to a zealous, bright-eyed little boy and caregiver to a vivacious and quirky 88-year-old grandmother. Her passions include dancing, yoga, traveling, good food and the arts. She graduated with honors from University of Washington with a degree in English and Communications and achieved Technical Communications Certification from Bellevue College. View Dana’s Google Profile.
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