Sep 7, 2017 by Glenn Savage
During September, many cities and organizations across the United States observe Health Aging Month. Healthy Aging Month is a way for citizens to consider the positive elements of life that lead to a high quality of life during the elder years. From physical and mental health to social, emotional, and even financial considerations, seniors are encouraged to evaluate their life choices and make any changes that may improve their situation.
During Health Aging Month, one area seniors may want to think about is dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Those who have been identified with dementia or Alzheimer's, or who have a loved one who has been, may want to ensure proper elderly care arrangements have been made. Seniors who do not have dementia and Alzheimer's disease should make sure there is a plan in place should their situation suddenly change. After all, dementia and Alzheimer's are degenerative brain diseases that impact memory and reasoning skills. When dealing with these conditions, waiting until later is often too late.
There are many steps that can be taken to slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Interestingly, these steps are good practice even for seniors who do not have either ailment. For example, poor lighting has been shown to create or increase confusion and anxiety in many seniors, especially those who suffer from dementia. By developing a routine where curtains are opened to let in the sun during the day, closed before the sun goes down, and interior lights adequately turned on to light the home's interior without creating numerous shadows or dark places, anxiety can be decreased.
Creating organized schedules that include waking and sleeping routines, common activities, and plentiful exercise, seniors keep the body and mind active without facing the stress that comes from uncertainty.
Start to think about elderly care services. While elderly care services are not just for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, those with these conditions will certainly reach a point where professional help will be necessary.
Healthy Aging Month is a great time to run down the Alzheimer's checklist just to be certain nothing has changed. If it has, get immediate medical intervention. For those fortunate enough to avoid this terrible disease, September is a great time to ensure steps are being taken to keep the body and mind active.
For more information on Health Aging Month, dementia and Alzheimer's care, or the many ways Comfort Keepers elderly care services can maximize your senior loved one's independence and quality of life, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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