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October 8, 2018

Six Factors that Affect Your Senior’s Cognitive Health

Your senior’s brain is the boss of her whole body’s operational systems. If her brain isn’t working well, lots of other systems are likely not working well, either.

Smoking, Alcohol, and Other Vices

Too much of anything is usually bad, but that is especially true when it comes to vices. Your elderly family member likely already knows all the reasons to cut back on smoking and alcohol, but keeping her brain healthier might be a reason that sticks. Her doctor can help you both to come up with a plan for dealing with these issues safely.

Health Conditions

Chronic health conditions aren’t always something your elderly family member can control, but she can control how she approaches them. For instance, if she’s diabetic, she can work toward keeping her blood sugar within the right levels for her. It’s not so much about doing away with the health issues as it is managing them appropriately.

Medication Side Effects

One factor to consider, though, is that some of the health conditions your senior may be facing could involve taking medications. Almost every medication has at least one side effect, and those side effects can have cumulative effects. Talk with her doctor about how her medications are likely to affect your senior’s brain health.

Injuries to the Brain

Falling or taking blow to the head can damage the brain significantly. If your elderly family member has experienced multiple injuries over the years, that can leave her more susceptible to cognitive issues now. Talk with her doctor about how those past injuries can be affecting her now.

Diet and Exercise

Eating right and moving at least a little bit every day are two powerful tools for overall health, but they also can boost brain health. Always talk with your elderly family member’s doctor about the best forms of both diet and exercise for her particular health issues. Once you have a plan, give it some time to really become effective.

Lack of Sleep

The human brain needs sleep in order to keep itself functioning properly. If your elderly family member allows her sleep schedule to get derailed, she may find that she’s nodding off when she’s supposed to be awake. She can also find herself feeling confused far more often than she should and exhibiting signs of dementia.

Having a solid routine is one way to help your senior stick with tools and techniques that help her to avoid some of these pitfalls. Working with elderly care providers is one way to help your elderly family member find a schedule that works for her and to hit all her marks every day.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Aurora IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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