Alzheimer’s is a complex puzzle that science is still working to solve. The good news, however, is that there are lifestyle changes you can develop to improve cognitive function and decrease your risk of cognitive decline. Some studies swear by the benefit of digital “brain games,” but these are only one piece of the puzzle. The best way to optimize brain function is to practice a diverse set of habits that exercise both hemispheres of your brain in interactive activities.
Summer comes with some additional safety concerns for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, who may be at risk of wandering off in the heat. However, if you take extra precaution and follow a few simple safety tips, there’s no reason why you and your loved one shouldn’t enjoy a fulfilling summer season together.
In the past few years, social media has become an integral part of day-to-day life, from browsing Twitter over lunch to checking Facebook in line for coffee. Yet despite being so prevalent, social media is still largely considered a youthful technology. However, seniors are in fact the fastest growing demographic on social media today. Although most people assume seniors have stayed away from social media because they struggle to manage technology, the truth is that their reluctance often stems from a lack of perceived value. But as more and more seniors sign up for Facebook accounts, it’s becoming clear that social media can be a valuable resource for seniors.
There’s nothing more crowd-pleasing than a pan of really great homemade brownies—except maybe a pan of really great homemade brownies covered in fudge frosting. Mariann McCormick, cook at Vista Prairie at Monarch Meadows, shares her perfected recipe for Chocolate Fudge Brownies. Bring them to cookouts with friends and family this summer and you’ll go home with a clean pan, guaranteed!
Age is only a number, and nobody knows that better than Vista Prairie at Copperleaf Senior Living Community resident Anita Doty, who celebrated her 100th birthday in April. But Anita’s never been one to act her age. Friends she’s made in her time at Copperleaf describe Anita as a woman on the go, eagerly taking part in the daily activities and excursions available to Copperleaf residents.