Physical Exercise and Dementia

We have often been told of the benefits of physical exercise on our health, but studies show that exercise also benefits our cognitive health. A recent study done revealed that individuals who were at high levels of physical fitness in middle age reduced their risk of developing dementia later in life by 90%.

Even though this study was small and only worked with women, it still supports the idea that fitness is linked to improved brain health. As we grow older, it is much harder to maintain fitness in our everyday lives, and often seniors will opt out of exercising at all. This doesn't necessarily need to happen; there are plenty of different ways to maintain physical health. Aerobic exercise, flexibility and balance exercise, and resistance training are great ways to continue physical exercise while improving brain health.

To learn more about the relation of physical exercise and dementia, go to this website.

Nutrition as You Age

We have always been told to eat healthy, from childhood to our adult years. So many different diets have been created claiming to be the best way for you to be healthy. However, many diets are not sustainable for seniors. Yet just because most diets are designed for younger adults does not mean that there are not healthy diets for seniors. There are many articles that explain how to eat healthy and have a balanced diet as a senior and provide examples on how to implement the healthy diet. This article from the National Institute on Health gives examples on how to make smart food choices, and this article provides tips on how to maintain healthy eating. 

If you would like more articles about nutrition, ChooseMyPlate.gov is a great resource to utilize.

 

Substance Abuse in Seniors

We often hear about substance abuse in teenagers and middle-aged adults, but the truth is that substance abuse happens among seniors too. There are many reasons, such as changes in health, lifestyle, family and work roles, and sources of support. Often, senior substance abuse is misdiagnosed because the symptoms of substance abuse can mimic other medical issues in the senior population, for instance diabetes or dementia.

However, substance abuse is not something that can be pushed to the side as a less important topic. It is a very serious issue that should be addressed by not only seniors, but by their family members as well. It is never to late to consider getting help for a senior with substance abuse, and there are many treatment options available.

If you would like to learn more about the signs of substance abuse and ways to treat it, click here for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

Managing Stress as a Senior

Before you retired, things that may have stressed you out were busy days at the office or taking care of your young children. Now as you grow older, you will have different stressors: the loss of a loved one, too much unstructured time on your hands, a change in relationship with your family members, or a loss of physical abilities.

The good thing is that this is normal, and there are ways to overcome this stress. Dr. Dossett addresses ways to manage stress in the article "How stress affects seniors, and how to manage it", published on the Harvard Health website. To learn Dr. Dossett's tips, click on the link below.

How Stress Affects Seniors, and How to Manage It.