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Delirium or Dementia? There Is a Difference That Makes a Difference

When we encounter memory problems, large or small, in ourselves or others — especially among seniors — we may immediately think, “Dementia!” Because that is a common affliction of older folks, it is taken for granted that it must be the cause of every mental problem.

There is another health issue that can have symptoms similar to dementia: delirium. Both conditions cause confusion and are similar on the surface. Although delirium is not the same as dementia, it can be a sign of a more serious health issue, including dementia.

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“You’ve Got Mail!”

“You’ve Got Mail!” Moviegoers and AOL subscribers should recognize that phrase. It is AOL’s option for announcing that you’ve received an email. It is also the title of a popular film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. To many lonely people in Berks County and beyond, it’s a welcome reminder that someone cares.

With the introduction of commercial greeting cards in 1846, the effort needed to express one’s feelings and thoughts was somewhat reduced — the need to compose your own personal thoughts was also reduced. At least, you could sign your own name in your own handwriting.

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Tips for Bringing Up Assisted Living with Your Aging Parent

old man angryYour parents have raised you up and provided a home for you. At some point, the roles can become reversed and you could have to find a home for your aging parents. Eventually, there comes a time when they need help completing daily tasks. Whatever your parent's needs, they cannot always meet them alone. That is why solutions like assisted living and home care exist — so people can thrive in their senior years, despite limitations and infirmities. Pride and fear can keep older adults from facing these issues and opening their minds to change. If you're having trouble starting the conversation, here are a few of the best tips for bringing up assisted living with your aging parent.

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Padbots Are Making the Rounds in Berks County

Robby the Robot01If you are a senior citizen in Berks County, you may remember the days of the house calls, when the friendly neighborhood doctor would arrive at your home with his black bag and oral (or otherwise) thermometer. They say those days are over; however, a new visitor has come calling: the padbot.

What is a padbot? It’s a model of a telepresence robot. Simply put, it’s a mobile robot that can move around on wheels and tilt its “head,” which is controlled by a smartphone or iPad. The little visitor is impervious to germs and viruses, so it is the ideal tool for communicating between doctors and other healthcare workers and patients.

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Fun Things to Do to Shake the Winter Cobwebs

seniorandmomSpring has come to Berks County, and we and the earth breathe a sigh of relief. It's time for spring cleaning — clearing the cobwebs from our rooms and from our spirits. There are plenty of simple ways to enjoy spring as you are able, from opening a window and breathing the fresh air to enjoying some outdoor activities. Here are some simple but fun suggestions.

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Steps to a More Enjoyable Winter Walk

Kermit in snowWalking is good exercise at any time of year. Berks County has just come out from some heavy snowfalls, the days are getting longer and a bit warmer, and the urge to get outside is getting stronger. Walking in winter can seem a bit less inviting, but there are steps you can take before stepping outside to enjoy the Reading-Area countryside.

 

Believe it or not, walking in cold weather burns more calories when you walk into the wind or trudge through the snow because of the extra effort involved. The cold air is invigorating and can ease your mind and reduce stress.

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COVID-19 and Mental Health Among Seniors

We Got This SeniorsAs the COVID epidemic continues to spread in the Berks County / Reading area, the world shares the same concerns as our area: How do this virus and the attendant restrictions affect senior populations? Ageism plays a part in the reaction to the situation, surprisingly in a few positive ways. One outcome has been that the effect on mental health has had less of a negative impact on the elderly than on younger adults. Considering the higher and more severe physical risk to seniors, this is surprising. Why?

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