Hearing loss is one of the most common issues facing older Americans today. Called “presbycusis” (prez-bee-KYOO-sis), age-related hearing loss is a slow decline in our ability to hear various sounds as we get older. Statistics show that nearly 50 percent of adults ages 75 and older are currently dealing with some form of hearing loss.
Hearing loss experts say that while there is no known single cause of age-related hearing loss, it most commonly results from changes in the inner ear that occur with the passage of time. Other factors that can contribute to age-related hearing loss include:
- Family history (age-related hearing loss tends to...
Through no fault of their own, individuals living with progressive memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia typically exhibit a variety of difficult and sometimes disturbing behaviors. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the root of these behaviors is the progressive deterioration of the person’s brain cells. They add that pain and other types of discomfort can also cause challenging symptoms or make them worse.
Memory care experts say that most of these unsettling behaviors stem from certain “triggers,” such as difficulty performing basic tasks, loud noises, the inability to communicate, physical discomfort, a hectic...more
Tai chi might be the perfect form of exercise for older adults.
Unlike traditional forms of exercise, tai chi is low-impact and focuses on precise movements that allow the body to slowly transition from one position to the next. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent and connective tissues are not stretched. As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations.
Carmen Duren, Executive Director at Provident...more
According to experts in the field of memory care, a variety of holistic therapies using music, pets, art and other approaches are now considered a useful and legitimate form of therapy for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Both the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic have acknowledged their role in improving well-being and quality of life.
Holistic Therapies Can Create a Sense of Calm and Connectedness
Memory care researchers explain that holistic therapies seem to open a portal to the outside world for those with memory loss. This enables a higher level of social engagement and self...more
With our fast-growing population of older Americans, it is no surprise that an increasing number of families are assuming a caregiving role. If you are now caring for a parent or spouse with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, you are certainly not alone. Today, progressive memory loss is a major factor in our society.
Carmen Duren, Executive Director, at the newly-opened Provident Village at Canton in Canton, GA, says, “If you now find yourself in the role of primary caregiver, it is extremely important for you to become knowledgeable about memory care and to create a circle of support as early as possible. Why? Because being a...more