Staying cool in hot weather

Summer months bring most of us great pleasure. We plan vacations, spend time with our kids and/or grandkids. There are those fond memories of cold ice cream cones from our favorite soft ice cream store.

For seniors, especially those who are sick, frail or vulnerable, summer heat can be a big challenge.  Not everyone has air conditioning to manage the hot days. A few hints:

Check on your elderly neighbor

Never "assume" all is good with your neighbor. Knock on their door to check in. Bring an offering of cool summer fruit or a tall glass of lemonade.  Ask them about their summer childhood.  You might find you have more in common with your neighbor than you ever knew. Your friendly visit will make a difference in their day.

Hydrate before you dehydrate

Staying well hydrated is always important, but even more so during the hot summer months. So many times we hear clients say "But I don't like water."  Try adding a slice of lemon, lime or fresh fruit to ice water.  Just that small addition will give just the needed added flavor. One other tip is keep a pitcher of water in the fridge (and throw in that fresh fruit), moving it to the front. Now, when you open the fridge, you are tempted not by sugary soda or caffeine heavy drinks, but inviting refreshing water. No need to buy bottled, tap will do fine!

Cooling Centers

During the hot weather, there are often cooling centers open to help people during extreme weather. Libraries and senior centers are a great place to beat the heat (and are frequently identified as cooling centers as well).  Check your town or county website to identify cooling center (or library) hours.


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When life throws us curve balls

The challenges we face as we age, whether you are a "younger" or "older" adult, can be difficult. This can include declining physical health of yourself or a loved one, loss of independence, dementia, fatigue from caregiving, or issues of grief & loss. Your family may be  emotionally or physically unavailable. Sometimes, these challenges lead to symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.

At Shore Neurocognitive Health, we work with adults of all stages. Perhaps your are a "younger" or "older" adult struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationship issues. Call today and we will work on your challenges together!

Shore Neurocognitive Health is a woman-owned private practice focused on older adults and located on the eastern shore of Maryland.

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Keep your brain active

We are told to in order to age well, we must keep our bodies in good working order. Health care providers encourage us to eat a balanced diet, exercise and take medications as prescribed.  But what about our brain.  It is critical to work your brain as well.  Our last blog post talked about eating your veggies for brain health.  But it is also important to exercise your brain. There are many ways to keep your brain active, including reading, socializing and playing games. 

Although this may not prevent a disease process such as Alzheimer's disease, according to Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the university's Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and professor of psychiatry at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, keeping your brain active may help with an individual compensate for memory deficits.

Memory changes as we age.

Are you concerned about your memory? Perhaps you aren't recalling names, places, or having difficulty doing normal, everyday tasks. Or maybe your loved one's memory? Contact us today about a memory screen. Click here for more information


Shore Neurocognitive Health

We are growing! Located in Easton, Maryland, our staff, including licensed clinical social worker, psychologist and nurse practitioner, provide caregiver support and education, psychotherapy, memory screening and neuro-psychological testing. In addition, we offer limited medication management services.  We look forward to meeting you. Learn more

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