Smile, There’s an Inexpensive Way to Combat Memory Issues

Sep 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Smile, There’s an Inexpensive Way to Combat Memory Issues

Sep 25, 2013 | 0 comments

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Fading memories will affect most of us at some point in our lives. Whether our memory is altered by age or information overload, the “fading memory” population helps keep the sticky note industry booming. Our population relies heavily on sticky notes. We place them on the kitchen counter, the bathroom mirror or on the front door to remind us to take medication, call to make an appointment, or grab our keys with us before we leave the house.

According to the University of Cincinnati’s study on dementia, about 5 to 15 percent of people 65 and older suffer from some form of dementia – the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. As people age, the risk of dementia increases. Moderate to severe dementia is found in 3% of those aged 65 to 74 and in 30% of those 85 and older.

Sticky notes are good reminders for things throughout the day, but in order to remain at home for as long as possible, it is important to create a system that works for your specific needs.

And yet, along with all these daily reminders, shouldn’t we also remind ourselves to smile? Studies continue to show that attitude and positivity help increase our ability to stay healthy and enjoy life.

According to The Mayo Clinic, researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

As a family member or caregiver of an aging parent, encouragement and compliments can help brighten someone day and improve their quality of life.

It’s so simple, yet so powerful. So, stock up:

6 pack of sticky notes = $6

1 black sharpie = $1.50

For a whopping $7.50, try it out and make someone’s day  🙂

 

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