According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people over 65. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death.
How vital is fitness to aging? Very.. A recent study of participants in the 2015 National Senior Games, also known as the Senior Olympics, revealed that the typical participant had a fitness age of more than 20 years younger than his or her chronological age. According to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, fitness age is determined by a measure of cardiovascular endurance and is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age.
It’s been known for years that poor dental health increases a person’s risk for heart disease. In the recent past, poor dental health has been mentioned as a possible risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as well. Now, a large and lengthy study has confirmed a probable correlation between poor dental hygiene and dementia.
..Caregivers and their loved ones are on the serious end of this spectrum. Yet, they, too, may develop a vision for how they would like to spend the time that they have left together. Deciding what caregivers and care receivers would like to accomplish together while the ill person can still enjoy life is tricky and highly unique to each pair involved.
A recent AARP survey discovered that 93% of Americans find maintaining brain health to be very important, however very few know the best ways to make this happen. When asked how to maintain brain health, results showed that many of the methods that are scientifically proven to improve or maintain brain health ranked as low priority areas for most respondents.
Many of us have become aware that prescription medications such as Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin may have serious side effects including memory issues. These drugs, which are generally prescribed for anxiety, can possibly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease since they are in a class known as anticholinergic drugs. They work by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine in the nervous system.
Dear Readers: Throughout the decade that I’ve been answering questions about aging and caregiving I’ve been continually unsatisfied with the need to refer seniors and caregivers to multiple websites when assisting them in finding resource information. The recent White House Conference on Aging has now launched a one stop link to resources and I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to share this information with as many seniors and caregivers as possible.
...The group that consumed the flavanol-rich diet scored significantly higher on memory tests than the group placed on the low-flavanol diet. The tests that were given to the volunteers measured the type of memory skills that people need in order to remember where they parked their car or to recall faces of people that they've recently met.
In Part 1 of this interview with Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., who is president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and a clinical associate professor of integrative medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, we learned about how chronic stress affects our brains.
Throughout past centuries, meditation has been used as a method for staying centered and spiritually connected, which in turn reduces chronic stress. This connectedness is often called spiritual fitness. It's known that chronic stress is a risk factor for Alzheimer's. Could spiritual fitness, along with diet, exercise, brain fitness and socialization be a path to reducing our Alzheimer’s risk? Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., who is president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and a clinical associate professor of integrative medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, thinks so.