Secrets to Staying Sharp as You Age


As one ages, one of the concerns that often comes up is mental capacity and the ability to process thoughts clearly.  While some of these functions are gravely affected by a number of degenerative conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, the good news is that there are things that you can do at any age to help you stay sharp when you get older. If you would like to learn more about the services offered by professional elderly home care experts, Options In-Home Care is there for you.

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The Progression of Dementia

Dementia is sometimes believed to be a mental disorder or illness.  However, the dementia stages actually refer to a set of symptoms that develop as the result of damage to the brain from the result of other conditions, most commonly being Alzheimer’s disease and strokes.  The symptoms that someone with dementia may experience will depend on what part of the brain may be damaged.  The most common symptoms of dementia include memory loss and difficulties problem-solving, thinking or even speaking.

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Taking Care of Someone with Incontinence

Incontinence can be a very difficult topic for many families. It’s especially uncomfortable on those that experience it and those that have to care for someone with incontinence. For those that care for someone who is either ill or elderly, it can become one of the final, last straws for what they may be willing to do in the process of caring for someone.  It is uncomfortable for all involved, so it is helpful to understand how to best to care for someone with incontinence.

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Preventing the Onset of Cataracts

Cataracts can cloud your eyes making it seem like you are constantly looking through a foggy window.  Having clouded vision due to cataracts can make it difficult to do every day activities such as driving and reading. Cataracts tend to develop slowly and do not affect eyesight right away but over time, it will interfere with your vision. This is why preventing cataracts is critical.

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Head Games: Age-Defying Brain Exercises to Boost Your Mind

Getting older isn’t easy on your body – or your brain.  Try tackling these brain exercises, tricks, how-to’s, and know-hows to keep your noggin in never-ending, “Fountain of Youth” shape.

As the numbers inevitably begin creeping up, you may find yourself forgetting to do simple tasks, like making a deposit at the bank, calling the plumber, or phoning a friend for their birthday.  Other times, fretting over where you left your keys (the third time this week) or glasses (again?) can prove frustrating and fear-inducing as the possibility of dementia or Alzheimer’s may be beginning to take up permanent residence in your brain. The mere thought of developing these mind-debilitating diseases that irreversibly compromise the functionality and integrity of your brain is enough to manifest panic, depression, and anxiety.  First things first. Breathe, relax, and realize your brain is like a muscle.  The more you work it, flex it, and challenge it, the stronger, fitter, sharper, and more resilient it becomes. Boosting brain power by conscientiously developing an array of unique cognitive brain exercises ensures long-term, cumulative effects when practiced consistently.  Let’s start. Do you mind?

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What Health Issues Really Concern Seniors?

Research suggests the biggest health problems afflicting seniors today are the result of sedentary lifestyle (furthering osteoporosis, arthritis and obesity), heart disease, lung diseases, cancer and neurological problems – usually in that order. It’s common for us to worry more about mortality the older we get but, the most common medical afflictions impacting older individuals are not the same health concerns that are keeping them up at night.

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