Placing someone in a long-term care facility is a very difficult decision to make. Many times, this decision is not due to physical limitations, but mental ones. Older folks who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s may be physically mobile, but due to cognitive issues, they require 24-hour supervision. They may forget where they are, get lost driving, forget to eat and drink or take their medications.
A new report was released by the Institute of Medicine and reported by ABC News and study co-sponsor AARP. The study examined the aging process and the brain. Not surprisingly, AARP found that staying mentally sharp was a top concern for its members.
The study recommended many things, including:
- Avoid isolation and keep socially active;
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption;
- Get a good night’s sleep;
- Be physically active;
- Participate in the arts; and,
- Maintain a healthy diet.