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8 Ways to Relax Your Mind

8 Ways to Relax Your Mind

Sparing time for relaxation is crucial, especially for older adults. It can help improve mental health as well as physical well-being. In addition, relaxation can help combat several health conditions, such as arthritis, nausea, and chronic headaches, among others.

It's also important to point out that we're living in stressful times. There's a deadly pandemic and a regular need for isolation. As such, these evoke acute stress among seniors. In addition to various chronic conditions that are age bound, seniors are also dealing with increased loneliness and social isolation.

All these stressful situations piling up on one individual often leads to depression. Luckily there are some simple things you can do to minimize the effects. .

How to Improve Your Patience: 7 Strategies

How to Improve Your Patience: 7 Strategies

The quality of our lives is largely determined by the patience we have. If you're getting frustrated and angry at everything that's going on around you, it might be time to take a step back and think about what's really important in life. When we don't feel like being patient with people, how can anyone expect us to be patient with ourselves?

As we age, it can be challenging to maintain our patience. We may find that we are more easily frustrated with the little things in life. This article will give you some tips on how older people can improve their patience and live a happier lifestyle.

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.

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.

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.

Depression in Older Adults: How to Recognize the Signs

Depression in Older Adults: How to Recognize the Signs

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects 15%–20% of adults older than age 65 in the United States, according to a report by the CDC. Depression can be difficult to identify because the symptoms are similar to typical signs of aging, such as fatigue and forgetfulness. In addition, depression often goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed because depression may not cause any noticeable changes in mood or behavior. Yet depression has severe consequences for older adults, including increased risk for falls, social withdrawal, cognitive impairment, physical dysfunction, and suicide. Knowing the warning signs of depression can help an older adult receive appropriate treatment before depression leads to further complications.

What Is Music Therapy? And What Are the Benefits?

What Is Music Therapy? And What Are the Benefits?

As a musician and music lover, I've always been captivated by its powerful potential to influence my emotions and even impact my brain activity. When I was younger, I listened to music while studying (a practice I maintain to this day). To this day, certain songs or melodies transport me to that place and connect me to whatever I was doing at the time. While science has determined that scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, sound—in this case, music—has a strong correlation to memory as well.

Music does something special to people. Different frequencies are known to produce very specific effects on people of all ages. Over years of study on the effects of sound and music, a therapeutic method called Music Therapy was developed. As a result, many people suffering from various mental disorders and disabilities have engaged in music therapy to great effect.

Beat Your Procrastination: Try These 5 Tips!

Beat Your Procrastination: Try These 5 Tips!

Is there something that you should be doing right now, but you are not? We are almost sure there is. Everyone puts things off now and again. But doing this too often and to a degree where it can have severe repercussions on your daily life should be a cause of worry. Procrastinating regularly and seeking diversions is a sign of a person's lack of self-control.

Procrastination is also a lot like lying to oneself. You tell yourself that you will do it eventually, or you convince yourself that there is still time and there are better and more important things to do. But quite often, procrastinators know deep down that they should be getting to their tasks.

However, saying "Just Do It" does not help. This is not unusual; procrastination has its roots in the habits we develop over time. For example, you might have developed a habit of cramming things at the last minute. You might have even noticed (or convinced yourself) that you perform best with a bit of time pressure. In this way, procrastination might just be the way you manage your tasks. However, it can have serious effects on your daily life if you are not mindful of the downward spiral you might be taking. Procrastination can take you to a point where you are paralyzed by your thoughts, and the only option for you would be to abandon any important task altogether. This will have adverse effects on your personal, social, and professional life.

This article will discuss a few tips to help you combat procrastination and perform at your most optimum level.