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Understanding the Classic “Senior Moment”

We’ve all heard the phrase, “I just had a senior moment,” but what does it really mean? A senior moment is simply an instance where an older individual has a moment of confusion or temporary memory lapse. Today, the memory and dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance of Lancaster share some information about the causes and how to prevent a the classic “senior moment.”

The Cause of a Senior Moment

Over time, the human brain begins to experience memory loss related to age. This occurs due to reduction of brain size and a decrease in the original amount of neurotransmitters possessed by the typical human. There is no immediate cause for concern if a loved one experiences occasional changes in concentration or mental acuity. It is also normal for older individuals to forget where keys are placed or momentarily blank and forget the name of a person that they just met.

When Memory Loss is a Concern

There is cause for concern if a loved one forgets the purpose of commonly used items or finds it difficult to recall the names of family members altogether. If an older individual begins to ask the same question repeatedly or gets lost in a familiar neighborhood, this is also a cause for concern. These types of situations may signal the onset of dementia and you will want to schedule an appointment with your loved one’s physician.

Preventing Memory Loss

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, which is the foundation of our Balanced Care Method, is a great way for seniors to preserve memory and cognitive functioning. Low-impact aerobic exercise, performed a few times a week for 20-30 minutes, can reduce cognitive decline and so-called senior moments, while also improving sleep and reducing feelings of anxiety and stress – problems often associated with memory loss.

It is also helpful to reduce sugar intake. Increased blood glucose levels leads to a noticeable impairment in the functioning of a specific portion of hippocampus, so by limiting unhealthy sugars, and replacing them with natural sugars found in fresh fruits, older individuals can slow down the worsening of memory.

Help for Seniors with Memory Loss

If you have an aging parent or loved one who is experiencing some changes in memory and having trouble with daily tasks, help is available. Home Care Assistance is a trusted and local provider of in-home senior care in York. A trained and friendly caregiver can provide your loved one with gentle reminders for medications, encourage a healthy diet and daily exercise, assist with personal care and transportation, and so much more. Call (717) 540-4663 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.