Do you know someone with an intellectual or developmental disability?
Maybe you know someone who does.
They may be your friend, neighbor, schoolmate, co-worker or someone else who is an important part of your life.
Are you wondering how you can help?
Each year, the Board of Directors adopts priorities that set the guidelines and goals for Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.(MPAS). Input is gathered from individuals with disabilities, their families and friends. Feedback is also solicited from professionals, partners within the disability community and agency staff. Information is gathered at training, through the use of surveys, and at community forums.
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Recent reports are mixed on whether brain games are effective at stimulating our brains and keeping dementia at bay.
Family caregivers are counting on keeping our brains sharp as long as possible, both for our own health and so we can provide our seniors the care they need.
So many of us are starting to use brain games, which are popping up everywhere.
The real question is will their use give us a false sense of security or keep us from doing other more helpful things to preserve our brain function and overall health?
Lifelong mental stimulation and keeping the brain as active as possible seems to improve essential neural connections.
Keeping Brains Sharp
The Alzheimer’s Association offers this advice for all of us to keep our brains sharp:
Doing these things not only helps your brain but your whole body and may prevent other chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
**resources: senior care corner
As caregivers, we strive to meet all our loved ones’ needs. We give medication reminders, cook meals, manage doctor’s appointments and keep schedules. Our daily tasks can all be challenging, but one in particular gives families a lot of grief: ensuring our loved ones are stimulated and entertained.
Our physical and mental abilities change as we get older. You may notice that your loved one’s days increasingly consist of sedentary behavior, activities of daily living (ADLs) and rest, but this provides them with little physical, mental and social stimulation that is necessary for a high quality of life. However, it can be challenging to offer activities and opportunities they are interested in and that are appropriate for their ability levels, especially when we are so busy juggling countless responsibilities.
If a senior’s abilities have waned, it can be challenging to find ways to adapt or replace the pastimes they once loved. Sometimes, though, our loved ones simply lose interest and incentive to participate in life. They may complain or nag us or spend most of each day sleeping or watching television. What is a caregiver to do?
It all depends on a senior’s personality and their living situation.
See the full article here -- Recreation and Activities for Seniors
AgingCare.com provides families with the necessary information and support to care for their parents, spouses or other elderly loved ones.