Dancing Away Parkinson’s Disease

Today there are approximated one million Americans who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Research shows that typically men are diagnosed with the disease earlier in their lives than women, which is why they suffer more than women. These same studies also show that this disease’s symptoms vary depending upon a patient’s gender. Additionally, it’s been proven that Estrogen plays an important role in either delaying or preventing the age-related cognitive decline (e.g. memory loss) that’s related to this disease. Today, there’s even an article that there’s some relief for these patients to be found in dancing. This activity has been shown to not only provide some relief from the disease’s debilitating symptoms, but that dancing can also help these patients to maintain the quality of their lives. Understanding What Parkinson’s Disease Is This disease is a type of degenerative condition Read More +

Exercises To Help Seniors Boost Their Memory

There’s evidence that through lifestyle modification seniors can help preserve their memory. They can also delay the onset and slow the progress of cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Thankfully, there are several memory exercises that you can perform to keep your memory sharp as you grow older. Practice and Performance In 2010 and 2011 a young man named Wang Feng won the world memory championship. At only 21-years-old he was able to recall anywhere from 300 – 400 numbers that were spoken to him at a rate of one per second. He could also memorize the sequence of a deck of cards that was shuffled – something he only had 24.21 seconds to look through and memorize. Many people wondered how he was able to do this. Well, the key lies in the fact that he practices every day for Read More +

How Hearing Loss And Dementia Are Interlinked

The Hearing Loss Association of America says that more than 48 million Americans have lost some of their hearing today. These people are also at a greater risk for developing dementia too. This is especially true for those who are 60 – 69-years-old. Many people are surprised by this because they believe that losing their hearing is simply a part of growing older. Recent, highly regarded studies suggest that we shouldn’t simply brush this aside anymore since treating hearing loss people may be able to prevent the onset of dementia. Finding Connections In 2011 Dr. Lin studied 639 people whom he considered “cognitively smart.” He tested their cognitive abilities on a routine basis for a 12 – 18-year period. In doing so he discovered that people whose hearing was really bad initially had more of a tendency to develop dementia Read More +

The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Anxiety

One in three adults over the age of 60 suffers from some form of hearing loss. Four in five adults over the age of 80 suffer from this issue. This happens for various reasons including being exposed to loud noises, suffering from cardiovascular issues, and simply growing older. Oftentimes it’s dismissed as being a normal part of aging, thus receiving little if any attention from doctors. Nevertheless, it still has major consequences on the life of the person who’s suffering from it. How Hearing Loss Affects Older Adults Not only does a person who’s lost their hearing suffer from communication issues, but their mental health is also significantly affected. This is a growing issue now that people are living longer. It’s important to make sure that they’re happy, healthy, and productive. Unfortunately, many people believe that this is simply part Read More +

How Hearing Loss is Connected to Cognitive Decline

As we grow older, we are at a higher risk of having our cognitive skills and hearing decline. This often results in what’s called “senior moments” which occur more frequently when you’re genetically inclined towards dementia. Essentially, what this means is that as we grow older the connections between our brain cells become damaged or lost (a.k.a. brain atrophy, cognitive decline). The Link Between Cognitive Decline and Your Hearing In addition, there have been numerous studies conducted that show a definite association between hearing loss and cognitive decline. This has resulted in a lot of additional research into this topic. Currently researchers don’t know if the loss of hearing adds to the person’s dementia or if these two health issues simply occur concurrently. There are numerous studies currently going on in hopes of gaining clearer information in this area. How Read More +

Don’t Be Held Back By Your Hearing Loss

There are times in life when you must risk going outside of your normal routine so you can enrich your life, learn something new, or develop new skills. This can be both exciting and scary, especially when you must also cope with hearing loss. Theodore Roosevelt once said that there’s nothing in the world that’s worth having or doing unless it requires some effort, pain, or difficulty on your behalf. By continually telling yourself this, you can overcome any challenge! Tips to Help Hearing is oftentimes a “two-way street” in that the people you are talking to need to be mindful to speak loud and clear enough for you to successfully understand them. When in restaurants, church or movies, be sure to sit in a place that is conducive for better hearing. Seating placement does matter, try to find a Read More +