Mentally Stimulating Activities Reduce the Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
Engaging in some brain-stimulating activities was associated with a lower risk of developing MCI in a study of cognitively normal adults 70 and older, according to an article published by JAMA Neurology.
Mild cognitive impairment (MC is the intermediate zone between normal cognitive aging and dementia, so examining potential protective lifestyle-related factors against cognitive decline and dementia is important, according to the article. Listen now to the podcast.
Senior Mobility – Important Reminders to Stay Safe
Experiencing problems with your own senior mobility? You’re not alone. The United States Census Bureau reports that of the almost 16 million seniors who have a disability, a whopping two thirds of them report theirs is specifically linked to issues with mobility – either walking or climbing. Senior mobility is a big issue.
As you age, difficulties with mobility may present themselves in a variety of ways including:
- Fatigue and lack of endurance when walking
- Frequent falls
- Trouble standing for more than 10 minutes at a time
- Pain or discomfort when walking or climbing stairs
- Problems with balance and coordination
There’s an App for That
When I was a caregiver for mom I learned to depend on certain apps to help me as a caregiver. There’s an app for that for many aspects of caregiving. I was partial to an app called Lotsa Helping Hands that allowed me to schedule care for mom through friends. It was a life saver. Learn how to use technology to your advantage. You will be helping yourself and getting more done. The biggest thing to remember is not to be afraid to ask for help.
10 Fun Yet Overlooked Activities for Seniors
Seeking out engaging and fun activities for seniors? Forget the novelties of gardening and golfing, and try a little something new with these 10 fun ideas! Here’s one.
Try yoga: One of the best seniors activities is yoga. It is rising in popularity with each year because of its numerous health benefits and attention to mindfulness and meditation. With relaxing, flowing movements that stretch the muscles and joints, as well as a focus on deep breathing, senior yoga can be done standing or sitting down in a chair.
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