It isn’t always easy growing old. With dementia spreading at an alarming rate on top of other medical issues floating around the world, aging can be downright hard. But with the right support and resources, growing in your senior years can actually be enjoyable.
One of the first things to know about aging is that getting Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is actually NOT a natural part of aging. So, don’t stress about that! If you take care of your body and mind, you will lessen the chances of being diagnosed with dementia.
There are some things to know about growing older though. It is not uncommon for people over 65-years-old to experience some type of memory loss on occasion. It is reports that around 40 percent of adults 65 years and older will experience what they call “age-associated memory impairment”. If you happen to start forgetting little things from time to time, don’t panic! This is actually very common.
If you are struggling with getting older and memory loss is causing some issues, it is best to reach out to your family or other groups for support. In Australia, a program offers CarePilot home care packages for those aging adults who are needing extra support and resources.
Besides helpful resources that are available to lend a helping hand, there are things you can do to help yourself when going through the normal aging process and the memory loss that can come with it. Creating a routine that you can follow daily will help as well as keeping organized and using planners to stay on track. It is always important to involve your senses and use scents and visuals to help you remember and associate things. And of course, get plenty of sleep! By taking the right steps to help yourself through the process of aging and to get the help when you need will make growing old not so bad!