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Let’s pretend you’re on a fly-over of one of the most populated “megacities” in the world — Los Angeles, California.
Below you, sprawling across 500 square miles, live four million people.
Add a few hundred thousand more people and you’ve got the number of seniors in the US living with cognitive decline. Living alone with cognitive decline.
A University of California, San Francisco’s The Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment Project study, has more disturbing findings about those 4.3 million seniors living alone:
As one woman interviewed by the researchers put it, “I have a hard time remembering now. I really hate that. That’s tearing me apart. And I don’t know what to do.”
That’s heartbreaking in the immediate situation. But unless she finds a way to get help – maybe have family, friends, neighbors, even casual observers recognize she’s in trouble – her future is precarious.
Her cognitive decline will only accelerate.
At AgeRight Care at Home we know how important it is for seniors living alone to enjoy social interactions, whether it’s with family and friends, or our professional caregivers providing anything from meal prep, personal hygiene, medication management or physical, occupational and speech therapies.
“It’s a myth that seniors, even with dementia, can’t learn new things,” says William Gaskill, MD and
CMO, AgeRight Clinical Services.
One of my favorite new things to teach others is cribbage which I’ve played many times with residents, including those with dementia. It’s pretty easy, requires some concentration – though not a major memory requirement – and usually leads to conversations, which are a mind-healthy benefit.”
“There’s a significant body of evidence that suggests even basic interactions keeps our brains active, stimulated and delays progression of cognitive decline.”
Dr. Gaskill says that if and when it’s time, a quality provider like, AgeRight Care at Home can promote cognitive health, slow decline and improve quality of life.
“Services like home care and home health are a great benefit for seniors who struggle with mild cognitive impairment but who can still live safely on their own. Having a provider come in several times a week can also provide a structured environment that sparks human interactions.”
If there’s a senior in your life who appears to be experiencing cognitive decline, step in and help with the following 3 tips, or work with a home healthcare provider who can support your loved one with these fun brain boosters:
Find out what your senior used to love to do and what he or she likes now. Then gradually expand to more challenging exercises. A few ideas…
Make sure you and your loved ones are seeing friends. Whether it’s over lunch, at book club, some good-natured yelling at the TV on college game day, taking walks, gardening or sharing a few chocolates and a glass of red wine over happy hour — being around people is like a vitamin for the brain.
For families, it’s important to set up a regular time to call or Facetime, not just text. It makes them feel important and valued and they look forward to that call more than you know. Also, having a pet or engaging in animal therapy. Dogs are proven to encourage exercise, reduce stress, depression and anxiety. And that’s good for cardiovascular health.
This includes good nutrition, hygiene, exercise and sleep.
“I think we’re in a very exciting time in terms of our evolving understanding of how the brain works and how we may be able to prevent and treat certain types of dementia medically in the near future,” says Dr. Gaskill. “In the meantime, look around. Is there a senior who needs help?”
If your loved one needs AgeRight Care at Home services, please contact us to learn how we might be of help.