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New Research – Poor Sleep Causes Memory Loss

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Faithful followers of this blog know that we are a medical alert company focusing on helping the elderly stay in their own homes … and our blog is all about the surprising Good News  these days enveloping the fastest growing population on earth! We focus on simple and tested health ideas you can use,  breaking research in neuroscience and anti-aging, uplifting stories to learn from, new aging-in-place technologies for the home, and much more. What follows is information on another ordinary activity (like drinking lots of water in a previous article) with extraordinary implications! It’s called A Good Night’s Sleep. The regenerative body process called sleep or lack thereof is linked to a number of chronic diseases, including obesity and depression. Now a new study has found a connection between poor sleep and memory storage. It boils down to a difference in the quality of sleep we get as we grow older. This was demonstrated in a recent UC Berkeley study conducted on 33 healthy adults without memory problems (18 participants were mostly in their 20s and 15 were in their 60s and 70s). The group learned 120 word pairs and were asked to recall them for researchers 10 minutes later, then again in the morning after a night’s rest. Brain activity scans of the participants found that the older adults’ quality of sleep was 75 percent lower than the younger group, and that their memory of the word pairs was 55 percent worse the next day. There are a number of ways to improve your sleep quality:

  • Check with your doctor to get treatment. By treating your medical condition, you can improve your quality of sleep dramatically.
  • Unplug. Put away your phones, tablets, laptops and other electrical devices an hour before going to bed. The blue light emitted by these devices interferes with melatonin production, and sends your body the message that it’s daytime, perking you up just as you should be winding down.
  • Exercise. Regular physical activity can improve the quality of your sleep, helping you sleep deeper and faster.

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What Seniors May Not Know About Water

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You’ve probably heard this one before … you can live for days, weeks, and even months without food, but 2 to 3 days without water could kill you.

But at a certain age (over 65), daily hydration becomes a challenge as well as a matter of life and death.

Why? Because dehydration is common in seniors due to decreased feelings of thirst, medications and diseases that increase fluid needs, and decrease in overall food and beverage intake.

Dehydration can cause confusion, fatigue, hot or cold sensations, muscle cramping, headache, dry mouth, eyes and skin, constipation, dangerous changes to blood pressure, and abnormal blood chemistry (ex: blood sugar, electrolytes).

Dehydration left untreated requires medical attention and can be deadly. It can send you to the hospital in a hurry and into a coma.

How much fluid is this, exactly?
If you are 65 or older, your mission is to get in at least 8 glasses (1 glass=8 oz) of fluid every day.   If you have kidney or heart problems, please ask your doctor for specific amounts.

Remember that all liquid counts (milk, soup, coffee and tea) and some fruits and vegetables too.

Caregivers should make sure the older person has water by his or her side at all times.  Encourage frequent drinking in moderate amounts.

How to reach this goal?
Drink 1 glass with each meal and one in between meals to make sure you get enough.
Keep fluid in arm’s reach throughout the day and stash one in the car or your bag when you leave the house.

Worth Noting

  • Older people who get enough water tend to suffer less constipation, use less laxatives, have fewer falls and, for men, may have a lower risk of bladder cancer. Less constipation may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Drinking at least five 8-ounce glasses of water daily reduces the risk of fatal coronary heart disease among older adults.

The Science of Aging
Scientists warn that the ability to be aware of and respond to thirst is slowly blunted as we age.  As a result, older people do not feel thirst as readily as younger people do. This increases the chances of them consuming less water and consequently suffering dehydration.

Less body fluids, lower kidney function.
The body loses water as we age because of the loss of muscle mass  and a corresponding increase in fat cells.

In addition, the kidneys’ ability to remove toxins from the blood progressively declines with age. This means the kidneys are not as efficient in concentrating urine in less water, thus older people lose more water than younger ones.

Bottom Line
Drink lots of water!  The chances of your getting too much water are slim to none, so drink up!

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Tips For Boosting Vitality

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Don’t fall for the myth that aging automatically means you’re not going to feel well anymore.  Not all illness or pain is avoidable, but many of the physical challenges associated with aging can be greatly lessened by eating right, exercising, and taking care of yourself.

It’s never too late to start!  No matter how old you are or how unhealthy you’ve been in the past, caring for your body has enormous benefits that will help you stay active, sharpen your memory, boost your immune system, manage health problems, and increase your energy.

Eating well is more important than ever
As you age, your relationship to food changes along with your body.  A decreased metabolism, changes in taste and smell, and slower digestion may affect your appetite, the foods you can eat, and how your body processes food. The key is to figure out how to adapt to your changing needs.

Load up on high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Your whole digestive system is slower, so fiber is very important. Consume fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruit, and vegetables.  They will help you feel more energetic and give you fuel to keep going.

Put effort into making your food look and taste good. Your taste buds aren’t as strong and your appetite may not be the same, but your nutritional needs are just as important as ever.

Watch out for dehydration.  Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluid, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you’re not getting enough water, you’re not going to be as sharp and your energy will suffer.

Make meals a social event. It’s more enjoyable to eat with others than alone. Invite people over. You can share cooking and cleanup duties.

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