Summer Is Ideal for Outdoor Activities with Seniors with Dementia

There is no doubt that mental and physical activity is crucial for improving the quality of life of seniors with dementia.

It can be difficult to be certain that what you are doing for your loved one is appreciated by them or is in their best interest. Happily, there are several proven activities that you can engage in that will very likely help your loved one.

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Local Seniors Enjoy Free Concerts in Emmaus Area

Summer is outdoor concert time, and the Emmaus area has many opportunities to enjoy these Lehigh Valley traditions. Most are free and some accept freewill offerings, so it is best to do some research ahead of time. Here is a brief list of local concerts. Check the weather and bring a lawn chair!

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Staying Socially Active May Enrich Mental Fitness

(BPT) - When you think about exercise, you likely think about the physical health benefits of working out. Many Lehigh Valley residents exercise regularly to lose or maintain weight, improve muscle tone and strength, or increase flexibility.

For seniors, physical activity can help them stay mobile and, as a result, stay independent for longer. However, the benefits of exercise go beyond the physical and can potentially enrich your social life and mental state.

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The Rewards of Family Caregiving and How To Make the Most of It

(BPT)—If you're one of the 53 million Americans (including many in the Lehigh Valley) who are caregivers for a relative or friend, you already know it’s a challenging job that often goes unrecognized. But you also know something others may not: Caring for a friend or family member can be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done in your life. You're spending every day giving them the personalized care and attention they deserve. You're doing for them what you hope someone will do for you one day when you need it—showing love and compassion through your everyday actions.

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Memory Loss Among Caregivers

mother and daughter dementia caregiverSubjective cognitive decline (SCD) is defined as self-reported memory problems that have been getting worse over the past year. A new CDC study found that about 1 in 8 unpaid caregivers who are 45 or older has SCD. SCD was more common among caregivers (12.6%) than noncaregivers (10.2%).

The result is tens of thousands of people are reporting signs that their memory is getting worse. Compared to noncaregivers, SCD was more common among caregivers who were men, employed, and aged 45 to 64 and who have chronic health conditions.1

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