Singer David Cassidy announced earlier this week that he had Dementia. It’s, perhaps, the greatest fear we have of old age. It not only causes memory disorders and impairment of reasoning, but also personality changes. The good news is that there are steps you can take to curb your risk of age-related mental decline — even if you are genetically predisposed to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease — HealthDay New reports of a study from the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota. How? Keep your brain busy. Four activities in particular were found to be especially useful: using a computer, doing crafts, playing games and participating in social activities. Those who regularly participated in activities that stimulated their minds had a significantly lower risk of memory and thinking issues. Even though the study was not designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship that is exactly what happened. Specifically, they found the risk of dementia decrease for each of the four activities when performed at least once or twice a week, compared with those who did these activities only two or three times a month or less:
- Computer use: 30 percent decline of dementia risk
- Crafting activities: 28 percent
- Social activities: 23 percent
- Playing games: 22 percent
When a loved one needs long-term care, it may impact the entire family — financially, physically, and emotionally. That’s why it’s so important to start planning ahead for your own needs. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 10 million people need some form of long-term care in the United States. Of this population, 3.6 million (37%) were under age 65 and 6 million (63%) were over age 65. Almost 70% of people turning age 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives.
Long-term care is a range of services and supports you may need to meet your personal care needs if you becom sick or disabled. Most long-term care is not always medical care, but rather assistance with the basic personal tasks of everyday life. Less than 1/3 of Americans 50+ have begun saving for long-term care. It can be expensive and could endanger your retirement and other savings.
Sunmark is offering a FREE Seminar on this topic Wednesday, March 29. At this small-group seminar, you’ll learn:
- Who needs long-term care
- Understand the risks of not having a long-term care plan
- Avoid mistakes
- Reduce your cost