cognitive impairment

Catching the Signs of Mental Illness in the Elderly

mental illness in the elderly

When Laurie became mentally ill, she remained blissfully unaware. She saw no reason to doubt her own sanity based on interactions with her daughter and grandchildren, who visited once a week. They treated her like they always had, and responded to her in the usual ways. Eventually, she started noticing that it took a bit more effort to make sense of the news every night. One afternoon, despite her best efforts, she couldn’t finish that newspaper crossword puzzle she had been doing for the last 15 years. But that was because she was 82 years old! And when she stopped…

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How to Remain Mentally Young

Old age is often associated with wisdom because of the vast number of things seniors have experienced. There’s a scientific explanation as to why our elderly loved ones always seem to have endless knowledge and give the best advice. According to neuroscientist Michael Merzenich, PhD, seniors have “millions and millions of little social scenarios and facts” recorded in their brains that can be recalled at any time, and “are much better synthesizer[s] and integrator[s] of that information.” However, many seniors fear that they will succumb to cognitive impairment and memory loss as they age. Today, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer…

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