Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 19

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Can crossword puzzles and photographs really help older
Americans?
Absolutely, says Shaun Jayakar, MD, St. John Hospital
and Medical Center internist and geriatrician. “Mental
exercise can be a huge benefit for people as they age,
especially those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. “
Whether memory loss is hindering your (or a loved
one’s) lifestyle, or you’re just noticing some forgetfulness,
mental exercise can delay the loss of intellectual ability
that faces many as they age.
There are three broad types of memory issues:
• Dementia:
A loss of memory and intellectual ability,
enough to interfere with normal life.
• Alzheimer’s disease:
A degenerative and
progressive disease that causes problems with
memory, thinking, and behavior.
• Vascular Dementia.
Diminished intellectual abilities
that result from repeated cerebral strokes or lack of
blood flow to the brain.
While there is much research going on to find a vaccine,
cure, or lasting and effective treatment for these issues,
there is no current cure for dementia. But, there are many
things you can do.
Keep Current to Day, Time, and Events
To keep your circadian rhythm from getting out of
whack, keep lights on during the day, and off during
the night. To make things simple, buy a timer from a
home improvement store to automatically keep lights on
schedule. Get a newspaper subscription, or watch TV or
listen to radio news to stay current on world and local
Mental Exercise Can Help
Seniors Improve Memory Skills
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