Let’s play a little game. I’ll give you 7 bits of information to chew on and let’s see how much you can remember. All you need to do is go through the list once. When you’re done, without peeking, write them down and see how many you got right.
- The only food that doesn’t spoil is Honey.
- The word “TYPEWRITER” is the longest word that can be made using only one row of letters no the keyboard.
- The longest muscle in the body is the tongue.
- The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
- Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
- A cat’s tail contains nearly 10 % of all the bones in its body.
- Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.
Now, how many did you catch?
If you’ve gotten everything right, give yourself a pat on the back.
We all forget stuff from time to time. It’s natural. In fact, without any effort put into remembering, the average human can only keep up to 7 pieces of information simultaneously for 20 seconds. If it isn’t converted into repetition or any other method into long-term memory, it gets lost into oblivion.
While we’d like to keep everything stored in our memory it’s just not possible. The human brain can’t just keep everything. In fact, over time, it’s the ability to protect and repair brain cells to stimulate neural growth declines. It becomes even harder to retain information.
So, if your elderly family starts forgetting things, there isn’t much reason to worry, or is there?
Let’s discuss Dementia
A very subtle and vague disorder, dementia is extremely hard to identify in the elderly. For that reason, it is advised to get a safety consultation in the event that any symptoms of it appear. Although there is no cure or treatment for dementia, certain drugs, and even herbal treatments can slow down the progression of onset dementia.
Aside from memory loss, individuals suffering from dementia may have visual hallucinations, sleep problems, and a slow gait. This can be very troubling for the aged and their family. So, if the elderly in your life manifest these or at least most of these symptoms, don’t think twice in seeking for a piece of professional medical advice.
- Starts asking the same questions or tells the same story repeatedly
- Becomes lost in familiar places (those the individual in question know quite well)
- Having trouble with following directions
- Has an impaired concept of time
- Is easily confused about details that he/she already knew
- Has trouble taking care of one’s self (e.g. eating, bathing or staying safe)
- There are significant changes in logic or judgment
- Finds it hard to communicate with others
- There are changes in one’s attention span or ability to focus.
Getting to the Doctor
It might not be easy getting some elderly individuals to a doctor. Dementia is just as hard as it is for you as it is for them. To get seniors to be open to a safety consultation, it is best to encourage them to take preventive measures. While some individuals are not open to the fact that they have aged, many are in fact, aware of this in their middle-aged years.