Monthly Archives: September 2018

What we Know About Aging Well

Aging well means you must understand what you should do to stay healthy so you can live a longer, healthier life. While how long you live largely depends on your genetics, there are some changes you can make in your lifestyle behaviors that will help you as well. Understanding them and making a few changes can be very beneficial. Eating a Plant-Based Diet It’s interesting to note that some of the people who have lived the longest have adopted the Mediterranean diet. This is something that’s being increasingly encouraged by cardiologists in the United States. They believe that meals containing mainly fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains is beneficial. To these items you can add some olive oil, but you should eat very little meat or dairy products. Being Physically Active Being physically active daily also helps with aging Read More +

Understanding the Early Side of Dementia

Sometimes we all find ourselves wondering if we’re dealing with just a little bit of dementia. Whether it’s because we’ve forgotten a word in the middle of a sentence or what to call an everyday object, it’s enough to make you wonder why you’re this way. The good news is these aren’t symptoms of a serious disease, just a normal part of aging. Why Aging Changes Your Brain As you age you should expect your brain to change. It’ll take you longer to learn new things and remember old things. This form of mild forgetfulness is different from serious memory problems like Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the most common biological and psychological causes of this type of dementia include: Tumors Blood clots Brain infections Thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism Kidney or liver disorders Drinking too much alcohol Trauma to the Read More +

The Effects of Depression

Depression is defined as “feelings of severe despondency and dejection” that can last for a prolonged period. While it’s sometimes difficult to diagnose, you should know that it isn’t uncommon in seniors. In fact, it’s a serious issue that we shouldn’t take lightly. Understanding the Common Symptoms of Depression Some people mistake the symptoms as a fleeting emotion that will soon pass. However, if you notice any of these symptoms lasting for a prolonged period, you should get your loved one help immediately: Difficulty concentrating The inability to make decisions Fatigue or less energy than usual Feelings of emptiness, guilt, worthlessness, sadness, anxiousness, pessimism, hopelessness, or helplessness Restlessness Irritability Sleep disturbances including insomnia, waking earlier than usual, or sleeping excessively Loss of interest in activities or hobbies they once pleasurable Either overeating or losing their appetite How to Help Someone Read More +