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Senior Living Insurance: Reading Slows Mental Decline

Senior Living Insurance Reading Slows Mental DeclineSenior Living Insurance: Reading Slows Mental Decline

An inevitable part of the aging process for many individuals is cognitive decline. Some are dismissed as a normal progression of the aging process. In other instances, it can be a sign of Alzheimer’s. Several studies have found that people who report memory loss often years before an Alzheimer diagnosis is made.

A great deal of Alzheimer’s research is focused on not only treatments, but on preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s and other variations of memory loss. Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, recently published a study examining memory. The findings suggested that reading books, writing and participating in brain-stimulating activities at any age may preserve memory.

People who participated in mentally stimulating activities both early and late in life had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who did not participate in such activity across their lifetimes. Mental activity actually accounted for nearly 15 percent of the difference in decline.

In people with frequent mental activity in late life, the rate of mental decline was reduced by 32 percent. People who had infrequent mental activity declined 48 percent faster than those with average activity.

Of course, the value of research findings such as this are realized only when implemented on a practical level. Providing seniors living in resident homes with a mentally stimulating environment is a top priority for the senior living industry.  Weekly or monthly book clubs, a wide variety of reading materials, and including seniors to engage in various mental activities, including board games and cars.

What are some other tips to help seniors increase their mental activity? We’d love to hear from you.

At DigniCARE, we understand this and have a shared passion and vision with those of you who have committed your lives to caring for seniors. Contact us today for more information about our senior living insurance programs for nursing homesassisted living, and independent living facilities(855) 883-6306.

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