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Cognitive Health and Older Adults

Cognitive Health and Older Adults
Cognitive health—the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember—is an important component of brain health. Others include: Motor function—how well you make and control movements Emotional function—how well you interpret and respond to emotions Sensory function—how well you feel and respond to sensations of touch, including pressure, pain, and temperature This guide focuses on cognitive health and what you can do to help maintain it. The following steps can help you function every day and stay independent—and they have been linked to cognitive health, too. Take Care of Your Physical Health Taking care of your physical health may help your cognitive health. Get recommended health screenings. Eat Healthy Foods A healthy diet can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes. In general, a healthy diet consists of fruits and vegetables; whole grains; lean meats, fish, and poultry; and low-fat or non-fat dairy products. Be Physically Active Health Problems

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6 Best Cognitive Games and Activities for Seniors Has a senior loved one struggled to recall the name of an old friend or remember the street that their first house was located on? Little facts like these can be a challenge for seniors to remember as they get older. If someone you love faces memory challenges, don’t worry. There are steps they can take to keep their minds active and improve memory functions. Explore the best activities and cognitive games for seniors that will help their minds stay sharp.

Attention Deficit Can Come with Old Age Source: Are you old enough that this sounds familiar? Actually, memory problems like these affect most people at some time, but getting older can make such forgetting worse. These memory problems happen because you lose attention and get distracted. Assessing Cognitive Impairment in Older Patients As a primary care practice, you and your staff are often the first to address a patient’s complaints — or a family’s concerns — about memory loss or possible dementia.(1,2) This quick guide provides information about assessing cognitive impairment in older adults. With this information, you can identify emerging cognitive deficits and possible causes, following up with treatment for what may be a reversible health condition. Or, if Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia is suspected, you can help patients and their caregivers prepare for the future.

Free Printable: Sudoku Puzzles for Seniors Fun puzzles keep senior minds sharp Research (and common sense) say that keeping the mind engaged is a great way to stay sharp while aging. Some studies have shown that brain exercises can keep seniors sharper for up to 10 years longer. Sudoku (sue-dough-coo) puzzles are a fun activity and sure to stimulate your older adult’s brain. Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better.

Physical Activity for Older Adults Significant health benefits are seen in adults aged 65 years and older who participate in regular physical activity. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines recommend older adults to incorporate aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening activity, and balance training for older adults at risk for falls. Try to avoid inactivity because some health benefits can occur with any amount of physical activity gain. Older adults need to evaluate their level of fitness before determining their level of effort for physical activity. How memory and thinking ability change with age Scientists used to think that brain connections developed at a rapid pace in the first few years of life, until you reached your mental peak in your early 20s. Your cognitive abilities would level off at around middle age, and then start to gradually decline. We now know this is not true. Instead, scientists now see the brain as continuously changing and developing across the entire life span. There is no period in life when the brain and its functions just hold steady. Some cognitive functions become weaker with age, while others actually improve.

Alzheimer's stages: How the disease progresses Alzheimer's stages: How the disease progresses Alzheimer's disease can last more than a decade. See what types of behaviors are common in each of the stages as the disease progresses. By Mayo Clinic Staff Alzheimer's disease tends to develop slowly and gradually worsens over several years. Free Printable: Large Crossword Puzzles for Older Adults Crossword puzzles exercise the brain Doing something that’s enjoyable and mentally stimulating can improve quality of life. In addition to the fun, studies have shown that brain exercises can keep seniors sharper for up to 10 years longer. And, games like crosswords may even help older adults prevent brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. To keep your older adult engaged and exercising their brain, we found a great source for free, large-print printable crossword and word search puzzles.

Brain health rests on heart health: Guidelines for lifestyle changes Right now the world is experiencing an epidemic that is projected to get much, much worse. It’s an epidemic of dementia, affecting 50 million people and millions more of their caregivers — staggering numbers that are projected to triple by 2050. The dementia crisis is such a massive worldwide issue that the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a strategic public health action plan, including compiling an organized database of quality dementia research and creating guidelines for the prevention of dementia. The guidelines have just been published, a 96-page document that is summarized here, as well as in this post.

This resource emphasizes on the importance of our cognitive health and suggest ways in which older adults can maintain their cognitive abilities through staying active physically, mentally and socially. by ginnong Apr 8

The web page addresses how to maintain cognitive health through maintaining physical health, proper diets and engaging social activities. by klpeh005 Mar 28