Older People May Suffer From Depression Due To Hearing Loss

Researchers at the University of Manchester took a longitudinal analysis of nearly 75,000 participants between the ages of 50 – 89. This was a part of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) that took place between 2002 – 2017. In this study, they have discovered that hearing loss and depression are interconnected in the elderly. This is especially true for those seniors who are a part of the lower socioeconomic groups. These people are twice as likely to become depressed as those who are in the highest socioeconomic groups. This landmark study was published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. It has helped to lay to rest this debate which has been going on for 40 years of research. Through this research, it’s also been discovered that hearing aids are also quite beneficial in relieving the symptoms of depression Read More +

How Aerobic Exercise Improves Memory in Seniors

Deep within the center of your brain there’s a small structure known as the hippocampus. Smaller than your little finger, it plays a vital role in learning and memory. Without it you’d only be able to remember old memories, not form new ones. Unfortunately, it does shrink as you age, which is why many seniors suffer from dementia. It doesn’t have to be this way though, there’s good news when you want to improve memory in senior citizens. Seeing What Research Says About Exercising There are several studies that show moderate aerobic exercise on a regular basis cause new neurons to grow in your hippocampus. This is because BDNF (a brain protein) increases and “fertilizes” new brain cells. Additional evidence of this was gathered when 120 healthy seniors (between 60 – 80-years-old with no dementia or memory problems) were “studied” 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 +

How Hearing Loss Impacts Your Life

Unfortunately, there are many people in the world today who are suffering from a hearing loss but haven’t chosen to seek any type of help for it yet. Part of their reluctancy here lies in the fact that they don’t want to acknowledge the problem since they think they’ll feel embarrassed by it. Of course, there are also some people who feel that this is a weakness and that they’ll appear stronger by simply trying to live their life without using hearing aids. This has left many of them waiting years, if not decades, to address this issue and get the help that they both need and deserve. Research has repeatedly shown that hearing loss has a considerable negative impact on your social, psychological, cognitive, and physical well-being when left untreated. Each of these areas has far-reaching implications on your Read More +