Professor Ellen Bialystok’s study has analyzed the impact of bilingualism for several years.
The teacher and her collaborators, prevented that intellectually active people or with extensive education are mostly protected with cognitive aging, but with their study they have shown that the habitual use of two languages is also a protective factor.
In 2010 his team of researchers found that in bilingual people began to appear Alzheimer’s symptoms up to 5 years later compared to monolingual people.
According to studies, bilingualism does NOT prevent Alzheimer’s disease or any other condition related to memory, the main difference is that, given the same neurological damage, bilingual people denote adapting better, since knowing and practicing 2 languages constantly develop specific cognitive ability that is responsible for concentration, to change from one mental task to another, to do several at once or to keep things in mind. It is postulated that this capacity is declining with age and it has been found that, in healthy people, who have used two languages for most of life, this decline is less than in those who use only one.
So what does bilingualism contribute?
It can be resumed in the improvement of cognitive skills, increased mental flexibility, increased capacity to adapt to changes and more effective process of information.
In CasaMar you can practice every day with our staff the language you want to learn, we offer assistance in Spanish and English to our residents, as well as a multicultural environment, always with the warmth and attention needed in both languages! Visit us and learn more about this beautiful project.
On this occasion we will discuss a new issue that is very important to keep in mind when treating an older adult on a daily basis, it is estimated that worldwide more than 80% of older adults have a hearing loss, this is mainly caused by the auditory contamination of the space.
The main consequences that this disease brings is when they felt apart and with it the decline of their mood and the quality of life in general.
To detect a possible hearing loss we can take in mind the following signals:
-Ask to constantly repeat what you have just told
-The volume of the TV or Radio are too high
-Gets very close to your interlocutor
-Stayed away in social meetings
There are alternatives to help who has this condition since there is no treatment to cure it.
Starting with a hearing specialist, who will give the most accurate diagnosis and the best treatment.
Audition aids can improve hearing in most cases, their sound quality is almost identical to that of our hearing system.
On the other hand, the cochlear implant is a less frequent alternative to treat cases of deafness, however they are very effective when the hearing aid does not cover the severity of this condition.
We use the internet for basically everything in our day-to-day life, it is hard to imagine that at this time some people want to avoid using it because they consider it complicated, however, it is more common than we think.
Some people belong to the generation were the use of technological devices was not essential to carry out their work, or their school tasks, or daily tasks and practically nothing, so they tend to show complete disinterest in smartphones, computers and any technology that uses the internet (with how easy daily life comes back, we know that).
Therefore, we must give ourselves to the task of showing our elderly how beneficial and entertaining the use of these information technologies can be for them and put on our side all the patience necessary to explain in detail how they work, here are some suggestions of how to carry out this transition in the best way
1. All photographs in one place
One way to teach our older adults the usefulness of computers and smart phones is to show the storage capacity of information they may have, and what better way to put it on test than by creating a complete archive of all the photographs they have, whether they are current or from decades ago. Sorting them by years and in folders according to the name defined will help the older adult acquire more agility when handling these devices.
2. Search engines
It is essential to begin by knowing the functions of the internet through a search engine, showing the elderly the large compilation of information that abounds on the Internet regarding any subject will induce curiosity enough to start using the search engines on your own.
Take the initiative with simple questions like: What would you like to read? Any movies from your childhood that you want to see? Do you feel like preparing a different dish today? They will help the genuine interest to arise. It is also essential to note that not everything that the search engine throws is 100% reliable information, to indicate which sources are the best and that advertising is of the misleading type will make your experience more pleasant.
3. E-mail, video call and chat
One of the benefits that the internet has brought, to being able to communicate remotely (and nearby) is one of the most significant. Without a doubt, instant messaging will be the preferred tool of our older adults, so show them how to send e-mails, make video calls with relatives who are at a distance and how to answer chats will make them acquire more agility and primarily, to maintain that closeness with the ones they love most.
In CasaMar it is a priority to maintain that closeness between our residents and their family, therefore, the entire residence has wireless internet service as well as personnel in full openness to help the resident in any difficulty or doubt.
We are all connected here being part of the same family!
Previously, it had been mentioned that it is of the utmost importance to be attentive to the routines and habits of the elderly in order to prevent injuries and illnesses, in some cases diseases can occur that are inevitable, so we can only focus our efforts on controlling the symptoms, avoiding pain, improving functionality or preventing from further deterioration, so this time we will give some recommendations to treat arthritis.
Arthritis is caused by the deterioration or wear of the cartilage that protects the joints and prevents friction between the bones, providing smooth movements. The degradation of cartilage can cause bones to come into contact at certain times, causing the characteristic symptoms of arthritis: pain, inflammation, decreased ability to move the joint, redness of the joint area and stiffness upon awakening.
The best way to treat this condition is physiotherapy, with daily exercises you can improve the flexibility of the affected joints and strengthen the muscles to allow their movement. Massages and hydrotherapy can also give good results.
Other recommendations such as choosing a diet that incorporates foods with lot of Omega-3, in addition to fruits, vegetables and to help loose weight since obesity can aggravate the condition. It is also necessary to avoid staying in the same position for a long time and to sleep well.
Remember the importance of having your older relative on a good diet accompanied by good habits and rest. At CasaMar Senior Living, we have a complete team that will meet the needs and take care of the health of your loved one.
Among the services we offer, your family member will find physical therapies, supply of medicines and the appropriate diet.
Offer your loved one an environment where his health is our priority. Contact us for a schedule tour
Senior’s leave behind great legacies in terms of knowledge, experience and personal anecdotes to family and friends. In the same way their personality will be reflected on their belongings, this is why this is of sum importance. Ordering all valuable objects, whether sentimental or any kind, is a task that must be given time and patience since we are talking about a lifetime compendium of things.
While all the belongings that the older adult may have meant something to him, it is very important to give support so that he can discern which objects have a high sentimental value and consider making them part of his legacy by leaving them to a family member or friend who knows that he will appreciate them.
This activity will be very satisfying for the older adult and for the companion in this task, since it will be a way of demonstrating the appreciation and understanding that he has.
For example, some older people resorted to making books with recipes to which they added their personal touch, suggesting that the older adult leave this collection of recipes to a son or grandson who has a fondness for original dishes will be a way to stay present in the family for posterity. It is also common that seniors in the family tend to have a collection of photographs, a set of memories of this type has a great emotional value that will be invaluable to the relatives to whom they are assigned, and if in the future if this photographic memories are showed to them, this will help the elderly memories and bring to the present moments that were important. There may also be some collection of books which the adult has felt identified or notebooks with curious notes or anecdotes that can talk a lot about the personality of our loved one.
As already mentioned, there may be many things that will be very necessary to get rid of, however, this detachment must be subtle and always reminding the older adult that he should give preference to the essential. Encouraging the elderly to give a second life to their material assets by making donations to an important cause or to those who need it most will make the person take this process better.
At CasaMar we know how important your loved one is and everything that makes it up, therefore, we offer wide and adequate spaces so that you can take your most precious belongings to your new home. The family will also have a new house where to spend the weekends of visit and a home where to create new memories! Contact Us for a tour of our facilities