There are many health myths that continually plague the happiness of families
and the senior adults in their lives. Some of these myths may even damage
personal care and wellbeing.
Myth #1: Older people will always suffer from memory loss.
Memory loss can occur in anyone, but it is not an inevitability for seniors.
Not every senior is guaranteed to have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
by a certain age or at all. Though Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic
among the population, older people should never expect to get it. Stay
positive and maintain a regimen in physical and mental activities to combat
possible memory loss.
Myth #2: Memory loss only occurs because of age and poor brain function.
Many young adults and seniors may believe they are not at risk for memory
loss until they reach a certain age. This is a common misconception. Poor
nutrition and dehydration can significantly affect memory loss either
permanently or temporarily. When your body is not receiving the nutrients
it needs, the brain may respond with slow or fuzzy thoughts, dizziness,
and other impaired cognitive functions.
Myth #3: Seniors should relax their brains and bodies often.
When adults reach a certain age, their children or grandchildren may be
tempted to let their poor diets, lack of exercise, or bad habits slide
because “they should enjoy life while they can.” These poor
habits can actually cause seniors to decline even quicker, though. With
regular exercise—even walking is a suitable exercise—and a
healthy diet, seniors can retain their memories, their cognitive function,
and their physical health for a long time.
Trust the personal care staff at Home Helpers to give you the facts about the seniors in your life.
We strive to make our clients comfortable whether it is through our Friendly
Visit Program, RN Assist program, or our Total Care Plan in Philadelphia.
Please call us at (215) 334-2600 to learn how we can help.