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The Top 7 Causes of Memory Loss and What to Do About Them



It can be disconcerting to realize you have a gap in your memory or to notice it in someone you love.

That’s because the first thing most people think of when they notice an older person is having difficulty remembering things is probably Alzheimer’s disease — especially given the relatively high profile the disease has had over the past several decades.

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Visiting Your Aging Parents? Here’s How to Make Sure They Stay Safe

 

Are you visiting your elderly parents over Easter break, or planning a visit soon? If your parents are aging in place at their homes, take the opportunity to assess how well they’re maintaining their independence.

At some point, every older adult will need assistance to meet the daily requirements of life. That help may come in the form of senior living case management or in-home nursing care. It may come in the form of a move to a retirement community, an assisted living facility or, when necessary, a skilled nursing center.

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Early Diagnosis of Depression in Aging Parents Could Be Life-Saving

Depression is one of the hardest things to witness in our aging parents, but unfortunately, it’s more common than you might realize among seniors. Mental Health America reports that depression is often “under-recognized and under-treated” in older adults. Seniors themselves are often reticent to admit to depression for several reasons:

  • They fear becoming a burden to their families.
  • Their generation grew up in a time in which mental illness was stigmatized.
  • Talking about feelings and asking for help just isn’t part of their personality.
  • They don’t believe depression is a real illness and blame themselves for being weak.

A study from the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that 27 percent of the seniors assessed met the criteria for a diagnosis of major depression, and even more had symptoms that significantly impacted their lives.

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Volunteering May Be the Best Thing for Isolated Seniors

When you meet older adults living in today’s retirement communities, they are so vital that you’d think they had actually moved into engagement communities. There is no brooding and sitting around all day for these dynamos. They know that staying active physically, mentally, and emotionally is the key to an enriched life. Now that they are free of the burdens of caring for a home, they’ve got plenty of time to themselves. But the funny thing is—these seniors are usually not spending a lot of time in their new homes. Most are probably volunteering somewhere. 

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What Is Lifelong Learning? And Why Should I Care?

We've talked a lot on this blog about the benefits of lifelong learning for seniors' well-being. But what exactly is it? Does one have to go to classes to see a benefit or is lifelong learning a general engagement that can be undertaken at home? Let's dive in a little deeper and explore this senior life opportunity.

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Are Strong Family Ties a Cure for Depression in Retirement Living?

A senior living alone often faces many challenges including the symptoms of depression: lack of energy, difficulty focusing or concentrating, sadness, and even emptiness.

Some senior healthcare experts have noted that nearly 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 suffer from depression, and the likelihood that an elder will experience the symptoms of mood disorders increases with aggravating factors such as chronic physical disease or lack of mobility.

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