Since the designation by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, November has been a time to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. At the time, less than 2 million people were known to be afflicted. Today that number has more than doubled, to over 5 million. To show your support, you can wear a purple ribbon… but understand Alzheimer’s disease is also important. Roughly 500,000 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every year, and the symptoms can begin as early as middle age.
A disturbing new scientific study recently revealed results which could have a major impact on anyone middle-aged or older, as well as anyone who is currently caring for an elderly loved one. The study, published in the well-respected journal JAMA Internal Medicine, showed a strong link between many commonplace prescription medications and increased dementia risk.
As people begin to grow older, they begin to lose the ability to do the same things that they were able to when they were younger. Basic tasks like cooking and cleaning, which were once part of a manageable daily routine, are now too difficult to perform, and these are only a couple of the challenges seniors face living at home alone. Despite this, many elderly individuals prefer to live in their homes and refuse to move into a senior community. At Neighborly Home Care, we understand that for most, this insistence comes from a desire to remain in the home that holds so many happy memories from their lives.
Numerous studies and other evidence support the thought that, whenever possible, the best situations for seniors is aging in place, living in their own home. Aging in place allows a senior to be most comfortable, surrounded by their treasured possessions and memories, while also more easily maintaining their social network. Unless health or mental issues specifically preclude aging in place, this arrangement can be their most positive option.
If you are providing care for a senior in Philadelphia, we ask: when was the last time he/she got to explore a green space?
Whether in a backyard garden, a local park, or on a trip out to the countryside, visiting green spaces can be extremely helpful for the mental health of seniors – which can translate into improved physical health as well. Numerous studies have investigated the link between nature and human well-being, and they all agree that spending time in green spaces is good for anyone, seniors included.