For many years, researchers have been studying the link between people aging with and without hearing loss and people aging with dementia. Although there is still no clear cause between the two, the research findings indicate there is a definite connection between those with untreated hearing loss and those with dementia.
While winter finally arrived, you may be planning ahead to find the perfect camp, man of which have wonderful outdoor activeties. This means you need to be mindful of the risks that are associated with the great outdoors. Knowing your risks and how to reduce them are your best bet for a safe summer.
Exercising the brain can have some important health and disease-prevention benefits.
In fact, a 2014 study conducted by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center found that participants who reported playing memory games at least every other day performed better on standard memory tests compared to those who played less frequently. The study assessed 329 older adults who were free of dementia, but at increased risk of Alzheimer’s based on family history.
Long-term care will be needed for many aging loved ones. While nursing homes, assisted living centers and other care options are available, they are an expense and could drain your assets unless good planning is undertaken. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor views long-term care expenses as the greatest uninsured risk Americans face today. There are viable alternatives that help ensure assets are preserved for a loved one in need of such care. Here are some examples:
If you are planning a trip with an older loved one this summer, you’re probably building a checklist to make sure everything goes smoothly. While transportation, accommodations and what to do once you get there are probably at the top of your mind, don’t over-look the details that can make travel difficult for seniors — especially those with mobility issues or chronic conditions.
When a spouse, parent or grandparent refuses to wear a hearing aid or assistive de-
vice, it can be a problem for the whole family.
Spring often makes us think of welcoming new lives into our world. You may be expecting a new child, grandchild, or pet. While pets and babies are wonderful household additions, they may be more responsibility than you were expecting. There are lots of books on what to expect before you welcome a baby into your home. Do you have one on how to welcome a new puppy or kitten?
Mom had been doing great at home, taking care of herself and enjoying life. No one in the family is really contemplating having to care for her. Suddenly, she has a stroke and needs help. She pleads not to be placed in a facility, and none of the children really want that either. When suchan emergency happens, the family is often not prepared, and everyone has to scramble to find out even the most ba-sic of information — from Mom’s health insurance information to bank account information and estate planning documents. To prevent the scramble, here are some tips to help you get prepared.