Lifestyle factors account for three-quarters of changes in the brain associated with cognitive decline, and modifiable factors such as being physical active, staying socially engaged and keeping your mind active can substantially reduce dementia risk. Dementia-friendly living spaces and assistive technologies that assess the risk of falling or wandering, or help with tasks of daily living, support people with dementia and family caregivers and can enhance their quality of life.
More than 550,000 Canadians and one in three people over 80 are living with dementia. By learning how Alzheimer’s disease affects a person’s language abilities, you can adopt effective strategies to maintain and improve communication with them at each stage of the disease. Reducing distractions, speaking warmly and calmly, using gestures, and tuning into the person’s feelings can help you communicate and connect with a family member or friend living with the disease.
Seniors caring for a spouse with dementia are at increased risk of mental and physical health problems. By taking care of your own health, you can prevent these problems and do more to help your partner. Support your spouse by planning together for the future, maintaining an emotional connection, and helping your partner to live well and stay healthy through physical activities, good nutrition and social stimulation.
New research indicates regular physical activity cuts the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by nearly 40 per cent. It also improves quality of life and reduces depression risk for people with Alzheimer’s. Eating brain-healthy foods can also lower the risk of dementia.
You go on walks, pedal on the stationary bike a few times a week and swim laps in the pool – but are you remembering to exercise your brain?Giving your brain a workout can have real benefits for your cognitive health, helping your mind stay sharp so you can enjoy your retirement to the fullest. In fact, research from St. Michael’s Hospital shows that brain exercises may even be more effective at keeping your mind in top shape than medication, according to Global News.
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or a different form of dementia, it may be time to consider memory care to ensure he or she is receiving the support they need. For example, the Archipelago is a wing of Chartwell Manoir et cours de l’Atrium Retirement Residence in Quebec that focuses on memory care for seniors. The community provides residents with specialized activities and amenities that promote independence and encourage engagement.
If you know someone with Parkinson’s disease, you’re not alone. According to Parkinson’s Alberta, it’s one of the most common neurological disorders, second to Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, it affects thousands of older adults in Alberta and across Canada. Since April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, there’s no better time to review facts about the disease to better understand a loved one’s condition or manage your own.
Although forgetfulness is a common problem experienced by older adults, in some cases it may be a symptom of something greater. According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 747,000 Canadians were living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in 2011. That number is expected to increase to 1.4 million by 2031; however, there are steps that can be taken to detect dementia early and ensure the best possible care for your loved one.
Dementia is one of the most common health conditions for Canadian adults over the age of 65. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the number of Canadians with some form of cognitive impairment, including . . .
Caring for an aging loved one with dementia can cause significant emotional stress for a caregiver. As these individuals frequently put their loved ones’ needs before their own, they may sometimes forget to take proper care . . .