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Senior Living: Week in Review August 27th

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenAugust 31, 2012

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:

Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers Speak Out

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

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30% Fewer Hip Fractures Reported After Elderly Cataract Surgery

According to Jules Stein Eye Institute at University of California, many hip fractures can be prevented for those in their early 80—if they have cataract surgery to improve their vision. When someone is in their ‘autumn of life’ with only a handful of good years left, is it really worth it to put them through eye surgery? Well a recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles, points to ‘yes’… Read the full article

What We Can Learn from Senior “Super Brains”

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

10 Simple Tips for Talking with a Loved One who has Demenita

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

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