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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.

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.

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

Older Adults Are More Vulnerable in House Fires — Here’s What To Do

(BPT) – Fire safety is important for all ages, but it’s especially crucial for seniors. The more advanced in years, the higher the risk related to fire safety and evacuation. This can be especially true for individuals with symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

Older adults are at increased risk from home fire injury — by age 65, they are at 2.5 times the risk, and by 85, at 4 times the risk as compared to the population at large.

5 Tips for Supporting Brain Health

(BPT) – As you get older, you might take steps to develop healthy habits, whether exercising, eating healthier, or limiting your consumption of alcohol. But did you know that there are steps you can take to help with your brain health? Such preventive measures might even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s — and the good news is, you might be doing these things anyway, like working on puzzles or trying to get a good night’s sleep.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. In fact, someone in the United States develops the disease every 65 seconds, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 6 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s — a number now projected to reach 7.2 million by 2025.

Along with learning more about the disease, these five simple steps could possibly improve brain health, reduce the risk of disease, and help delay the potential onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The Intersection Between Loneliness and Social Isolation

(BPT) – These past couple of years have been challenging in lots of ways and many people, particularly older adults, have felt the weight and impact of loneliness and social isolation.

This has been especially true when staying home and sheltering in place has been recommended to increase safety. With less contact with others, it may be difficult for older adults to maintain the relationships that are so important to mental, as well as physical, well-being. In fact, loneliness has been found to lead to health risks, such as:

  • depression.
  • poor sleep.
  • anxiety.
  • hypertension.
  • cognitive decline.
  • heart disease and stroke.
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