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7 Tips to Be More Grateful While Aging

7 Tips to Be More Grateful While Aging

Did you know that if you want to be happier in life, you must offer gratitude? According to research, gratitude is directly linked with happiness. So, if you want to hack those happy hormones as you age, start by giving thanks.

Of course, practicing consistent gratitude can be overwhelming because we tend to be more forgetful with age. That is why it is important to have a solid practice you can turn to each day. If you are looking to be more grateful, you have come to the right place.

7 Tips to Find Purpose in Retirement

7 Tips to Find Purpose in Retirement

Life during retirement is different and depends on the plans of the retiree. To some, it's time to live their life to the fullest. That means engaging in memorable and fun adventures by visiting the places they've never been before. To others, it's a time of relaxation, enjoying a flexible schedule, and not having to worry about reporting to work.

However, this new lifestyle during retirement doesn't satisfy everyone. Some retirees find this period full of insecurity and boredom. The new flexible schedule and missing socialization can take a toll. The lack of predictability during nights and days makes the situation even more challenging. And the situation gets even worse when one feels like he/she doesn't have a purpose to fulfill during retirement. As a senior in this position, here are tips to help you in finding purpose in retirement!

9 Fun Brain Workouts (And Why They’re Important)

9 Fun Brain Workouts (And Why They’re Important)

When aging, it's not just our physical abilities that take a toll, but also our mental skills. This is because the brain loses some of its ability as it advances in age. That means there'll be a loss of focus, as well as memory. And if your mind remains dormant, the harder it will be hit with memory loss, among other abilities.

Fortunately, there are impressive ways to keep your mind focused and improve its memory capabilities. In this particular case, brain workouts will do. We'll cover fun brain workouts and why they're important.

What Are the Stages of Dementia?

What Are the Stages of Dementia?

Dementia refers to a group of diseases that cause memory loss and affect other mental functions. It commonly occurs as people reach around 60 years of age and beyond. But the problem here is that, at this age phase, age-related memory loss also prevails. As a result, forgetting crucial things or daily routine tasks becomes a part of daily living. So, how can you differentiate dementia from age-related memory issues?

The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chances are of treating this disease. For early diagnosis, knowledge of early signs and the stages of dementia is essential. In this post, you'll find all you need to know about the stages of dementia and how to reduce the risk of this condition.

7 Signs of a Toxic Friendship (And What to Do)

7 Signs of a Toxic Friendship (And What to Do)

Is there one among your friends who irritates you sometimes? They could be childhood buddies or a coworker with whom you have a close relationship. Such friends frequently cause friction among your social circles, but it's difficult to tell whether they simply need everyone to be a little more forgiving or are toxic to your mental health.

Friendship is something we appreciate in life, and we have a lot of love and regard for our friends. However, love can often blind us to poor behavior and the harmful effects relationships can have on our lives. As a result, it's critical to be aware of the typical warning signals that a companion is not only toxic but also potentially hazardous to your mental wellbeing.

Here, we cover the warning signs of toxic friendships, which may help you re-evaluate your friendships.

12 Tips to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

12 Tips to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one is never easy. It can be especially difficult when the loss is sudden and unexpected, but you can take steps to cope with this type of grief. For example, you may find that talking to others about your feelings helps or journaling your thoughts—whatever works best for you! Here are some tips on how to cope with the loss of a loved one.

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.

Should I Take a Nap? The Pros and Cons of a Midday Snooze

Should I Take a Nap? The Pros and Cons of a Midday Snooze

Are naps a good thing? If so, what are the benefits? Leonardo da Vinci was a renowned artist, inventor, and observer of the natural world. He was also a man with incredibly odd sleeping habits. Purportedly, da Vinci never slept for more than twenty minutes at a time every four hours.

Over the years, many experts have recommended such a sleep schedule, but the question is something like this healthy? Beyond this, are there any health benefits to taking an afternoon nap? What might be some of the downsides to taking naps? This article will provide some answers to these questions and hopes to shed some light on this dilemma.

Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time? 9 Healthy Tips

Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time? 9 Healthy Tips

Aging is a lot of things, but feeling tired all the time shouldn't be one of them. You may feel tired from time to time. You may lose vibrancy due to low energy levels. You may even start taking afternoon naps. All these things are normal. However, if you feel tired all the time and not even sleep can alleviate it, then there may be a cause for concern. If the constant fatigue persists for weeks, then seek medical assistance. There are times when fatigue is a sign of illness or an underlying health condition. That said, the following could be the reasons why you are tired all the time:

What Is Pet Therapy? Is It Right for You?

What Is Pet Therapy? Is It Right for You?

Pet therapy has become a popular treatment method for people of all ages for matters related to mental, emotional, and even physical health. It involves interacting with animals for the benefit of helping a person affected by depression, anxiety, dementia, and many other mental or physical health conditions. The type of therapy can vary widely depending on the requirements of the person seeking therapy. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits, the various types of pet therapy, and more.

Benefits of Pet Therapy

Research has shown us those pet owners are generally less likely to feel lonely. They visit the doctor less often, take less medication, get over illnesses faster, and cope better with stress. One study even discovered that spending only 10 minutes with a pet can start reducing stress hormone levels.

For people of all ages, pets can give emotional, physical, and mental benefits, specifically for seniors at an increased risk for loneliness and isolation.