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Reading Is a Great Activity for Those with Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer's Care in Philadelphia PAMental stimulation is a vital part of quality care for somebody with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. A lot of people incorrectly assume that once a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s there’s no point in paying attention to how much exercise their brain gets.

In reality, the more mental stimulation and brain activity a person gets, even after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, the more it can pay dividends in the years ahead. There have been studies that indicate a possible connection between increased mental stimulation and brain exercise during the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s and a delay in the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss in the future.

There are many ways to get mental stimulation. Reading is one of them. As September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, it’s a good reminder that there is a free resource in just about every town and community across the country where people can go, spend as many hours as they want, and take out almost every type of book they can imagine.

What does that senior enjoy reading?

Some people don’t enjoy reading at all. As people get older, though, have a tendency to become more drawn to books, whether it’s nonfiction or fiction, than they did during their youth.

For a long time, kids were forced to read some extremely complicated and older style books, such as Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and even Ernest Hemingway. While these are classics and celebrated by the literary community, for young children, they are complicated and can be a deterrent, especially if they’re forced day after day, evening after evening to try and make their way through the texts.

As kids get older, become adults, they may not enjoy reading at all. Then, something begins to change as they move through their 30s, 40s, and 50s. They might pick up a book and want to see what everyone is raving about. They get hooked on relying on their own imagination. That can last the rest of their life.

For a senior with Alzheimer’s, reading helps to stimulate neural activity in the brain. The more neural activity there is, the stronger the connections become and as the disease progresses, as it attacks more brain cells and tries to break down those connections, the brain can be better prepared to reroute information, reducing some impact of memory loss.

This month, consider encouraging a senior with Alzheimer’s to spend more time at the library. It not only gets them out of the house, it also surrounds them with an incredible wealth of information, imagination, and other worlds to explore.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s home care in Philadelphia, PA please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care. Call today! 215-882-8234

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Renato Amorim

President & Co-Owner at Assisting Hands Home Care
Renato Amorim, president of Assisting Hands Home Care operations in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has worked for the past twenty years in government and international business, where he had the opportunity to carry out investment and business-development projects in all continents. He has managed teams of professionals spread over several countries in pharmaceutical and mining multinational companies.

Prior to joining Assisting Hands, Renato headed Merck’s public policy and corporate responsibility team in Latin America. In 2007, the World Economic Forum granted him the Young Global Leader award, as a recognition for his work on international trade advocacy.

After a series of family health challenges, including severe cases of cancer and dementia, Renato decided to shift his career toward more direct, personal and closer involvement with home- and family-health needs. In the Assisting Hands franchise system, he found the right balance between professional fulfillment and the delivery of compassionate services to the community.

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