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By: Meredith Mayton, MOT, OTR/L
By the year 2030, it is estimated that 71 million Americans, about 20 percent of the U.S. population, will be age 65 and older. By 2050, 13 million people are expected to be living with cognitive impairment since age is the greatest risk factor for this condition.
The CDC defines cognitive impairment when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Two or more of the following symptoms may indicate a cognitive impairment in you or a loved one:
People living with cognitive impairment are three times more likely to be hospitalized than individuals hospitalized for other conditions. Given these statistics, it is important to act now to promote a healthy brain.
To reduce your risk of developing cognitive impairment, follow these steps:
It is also important to keep your environment safe so you stay home and out of the hospital. Some tips and tricks to do so include:
If cognitive impairment is affecting you or a loved one, Sheltering Arms can help with a holistic approach to cognitive health. We offer speech-language pathology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy services including:
Call (804) 764-1000 or click here to schedule an appointment today.