The political and even economic times around the world seem to be in great turmoil. It certainly seems like something to avoid, especially for those who may be prone to anxiety, whose risk of a heart attack, stroke, or other serious medical emergency is elevated. What about for a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?
It’s easy for loved ones, family, and friends, to discount the importance of keeping up with current events, but it can actually be beneficial for some of these men and women who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
What impact would it have?
Some people may stop over to visit with their elderly father, for example, see him reading the paper and listen to him ranting and raving about this politician or that policy or some law that was recently passed or even about the stock market and the economy and everything else that is seemingly spinning out of control. Family members may hear these things, get frustrated because their political or economic views don’t line up with their parent, and they may see this is causing anxiety and tension for them unnecessarily.
While it certainly shouldn’t lead to excessive stress or anxiety, keeping up with local, regional, and even global news can be beneficial because it offers mental stimulation.
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation has indicated that mental stimulation for somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can actually help to slow down the progression of memory loss. When somebody is reading the newspaper, current events, or simply being entertained by a good book, doing the crossword puzzle, and taking part in other mentally stimulating activities, it can provide them a tremendous amount of mental benefit.
There’s no guarantee that it’s actually going to help a senior delay the progression of memory loss, but these research studies do indicate potential benefit over a prolonged period of time.
It’s not a cure.
It’s important not to get caught up in the idea that this could be a cure for Alzheimer’s; it is most definitely not. At the moment, there is no cure for this or any other form of dementia, but between medications, physical exercise, a proper diet, and even mental stimulation, somebody who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s could enjoy a higher quality of life and potentially delay the more serious aspects of memory loss for weeks, months, or even years.
While current news may not be enjoyable, keeping up with it, if the senior enjoys doing that, should be encouraged, at least within reason.
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