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Key Benefits of Cognitive and Social Stimulation for Older Adults

Mar 23, 2016 3:46:35 PM

When you’re the primary caregiver for a loved one, it can be easy to get bogged down in the realities of their physical health: have they had enough to eat? Do they need a bath? Are they in pain? You’re only one person, and you’ve got a host of other responsibilities to keep up with.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Three Lifestyle Changes to Maintain Cognitive Health

Mar 23, 2016 3:46:05 PM

 

Researchers have been studying cognitive decline and dementia for decades, yet in many regards these common conditions still remain a mystery. Doctor’s can’t predict with any certainty who will or won’t develop dementia or experience cognitive decline, nor can they prescribe a one-size-fits-all prevention plan or solution.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

Stimulating Games to Play with People With Dementia

Mar 23, 2016 3:42:50 PM

People with dementia need mental stimulation to stay alert and engaged. But finding games that keep people with cognitive decline absorbed and entertained can be challenging.

Complex games like Monopoly, which require players to mentally track multiple pieces of information and make quick decisions, can be frustrating.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Age and the City: Things to Do for Older Adults in Manhattan

Mar 23, 2016 3:39:58 PM

 

The media might have you believe that New York City is comprised entirely of black-clad twenty-somethings walking brusquely in heels and staring at tiny screens. But those of us who live here know that New York City, and Manhattan specifically, are hubs of senior activity. 

In fact, NYC is home to more than 450,000 residents over the age of 75, with nearly 100,000 of them living in Manhattan (where they account for more than six percent of the population). So why does it feel so tricky to find things to do for older adults in Manhattan?

The answer has been hiding in plain sight, and its so obvious you may have missed it: New York City IS your solution. The city sponsors dozens of programs, centers, events, and facilities especially for seniors; and they’ve been hiding right under your nose.

So what are some of the best, city-sponsored things to do for seniors in Manhattan? Let this short list be an inspiration:

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Topics: Aging

How to Manage Early Stage Dementia Post-Diagnosis

Mar 23, 2016 3:31:30 PM

Following a diagnosis of early stage dementia, or even before diagnosis when the first symptoms being to appear, many things will change. From the impact it has on your daily routine to the changes you fear it will cause in your relationships, there's a lot on your mind right now.

But while many things will change, and many of those changes will be difficult, isolation will only make it that much harder. Building a plan to help manage your life, involving those you love in the process, and bringing together people you can lean on as you make adjustments will make the entire process that much easier to manage.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

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