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Communicating with a Loved One with Dementia: 10 Tips

Communicating with a Loved One with Dementia: 10 Tips

Dementia is an umbrella term commonly used to describe memory loss and other cognitive impairments often associated with aging. Dementia is not a specific disease: it is a term used to describe symptoms from several different pathologies. Common kinds of dementia include Alzheimer's, Lewy Body dementia, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and dementia caused by diseases such as Parkinson's. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 14% of people over the age of 71 will develop some form of dementia. This incidence climbs as people age: among those who live to 90, more than 37.4% show signs of dementia.

Signs of dementia can be subtle at first. One of the hallmark signs of this condition is short-term memory loss. You may find someone asking the same questions repeatedly or forgetting things that were just explained to or told to them. They may struggle to keep track of possessions like car keys, wallets, purses, and mobile devices. They might forget to go to appointments, fail to plan for meals, or begin roaming outside of their usual routine for no apparent reason.

Dementia also affects a person's ability to communicate. They might struggle with their vocabulary, finding it hard to describe things or repeatedly relying on the same set of words. Instead of using the proper name, they might describe something. For example, a person with dementia might call a coffee maker "the thing that makes that stuff, the good smelling brown one." They may also become withdrawn as the frustration of being unable to communicate well sets in. These problems may worsen as the disease progresses.

10 Ways to Improve Your Blood Circulation

10 Ways to Improve Your Blood Circulation

It is common to feel tired and stiff as you age, and that's likely nothing to worry about. However, with age, it is also common to see worsening blood circulation. This can lead to a number of symptoms including numbness, fatigue, swelling, weakened immunity, digestive issues, and much more. We see, however, that by following some simple steps, you will be able to manage these symptoms and feel healthier with time. Consider the following recommendations to improve your circulation!

10 Foods to Provide Natual Energy All Day Long

10 Foods to Provide Natual Energy All Day Long

Lower energy levels are a part of aging and affect your wellness status. Unfortunately, you can't prevent feeling exhausted completely, but you can combat it to some extent with the right food choices.

The food you choose to eat throughout the day can help you increase your energy levels significantly. So, to help you make proper and informed eating choices, here we have a list of energy-boosting foods for older adults.

Stay Safe This Autumn - Tips for Older Adults

Stay Safe This Autumn - Tips for Older Adults

Apple orchards, corn mazes, bonfires, and pumpkin carving... autumn is a lovely time of year full of fun and special activities. With all the enjoyment these fall-time activities bring, the season also presents its own set of risks and dangers to beware of and prepare for accordingly. Preparing for autumn is done every year, but it can seem to be a whole new experience each time. As a person ages, they may need to do more preparation than in their younger years, and it is important to remember each task.

10 Tips to Help Prevent Loss of Independence

10 Tips to Help Prevent Loss of Independence

If you are like many people, the idea of losing your independence is terrifying. As we grow older, it becomes difficult to do things that were once easy for us. It can be hard to accept these losses and know how to cope with them. With a little bit of forethought and preparation, however, it's possible to prevent some of these losses from happening in the first place.

7 Signs You’ve Been Sitting Too Much

7 Signs You’ve Been Sitting Too Much

We all know that movement is necessary to keep the body healthy, and it is not healthy to sit down for too much of the day. However, it can be difficult to tell how much sitting is too much. If possible, it is best to get up and walk around once every hour at least. Do tasks that require you to be standing or walking for fifteen or more minutes and begin your day with movement after resting all night. There are signs to watch for that can mean you are sitting too long or sitting down too much.

Downsizing: What Can I Do With My Old Stuff?

Downsizing: What Can I Do With My Old Stuff?

"I am moving, and I need to downsize. Where can I sell or donate my old stuff?" This is a common question for people who are downsizing their homes. The process of downsizing a home can be overwhelming for anyone. The best way to do it is to take your time and plan ahead so that you don't make any mistakes or regret decisions later on. When downsizing, you will need to address what to do with all the "stuff" in your house - from clothes, books, furniture, kitchenware, collectibles, and everything else! If you have been looking on the internet, you might have found that there are many places where you can find help with your move.

10 MORE Great Hobby Ideas for Older Adults

10 MORE Great Hobby Ideas for Older Adults

As we age, it is essential to do something that keeps us engaged and entertained. One way of doing this is through hobbies. There are certain activities that are always linked to older adults, like playing bingo or sitting in front of the television. In reality, there is a wide variety of hobby ideas that can be enjoyed by people who are above the age of 55. We've compiled a list of ten awesome hobbies for the older adult - from knitting to home modeling and everything in between! This is Part 2 - to read the first 22 ideas - click here!

11 Habits That Are Hurting Your Flexibility and Range of Motion

11 Habits That Are Hurting Your Flexibility and Range of Motion

Do you feel stiff or tight? Are you unable to do the things that you want to because of your limited range of motion? If so, then it's time for a wake-up call. As you grow older, your body starts to feel stiff, you start feeling less flexible, and some of your daily habits are to blame for it. The habits that negatively affect your flexibility and range of motion will hinder any progress in fitness, sports performance, or overall quality of life. By following these tips below, you'll be on the road to getting back into shape!

Throw These Items Out Today to Make More Space in Your Home

Throw These Items Out Today to Make More Space in Your Home

So often, items will gather over the years that are no longer useful or have no real purpose in the home. Clearing those out can feel freeing and create more space for things that are needed or loved. Some items are easy to clear out, while others can be harder to part with, but starting with the easy things can help prepare you for the more challenging items.