To live a long life is everyone’s dream. Even those who say, “I don’t like living too long” do not dislike longevity if we look deep inside. It is frightening to have to live in a state of suffering mental and physical illness or without cognitive abilities.
Longevity is relative; in the past, longevity was longevity beyond the 60th birthday. When he turned 60, he was hailed as a ’60th old man’ and respected by society. Now that life expectancy has increased, he must be at least 90 years old to join the ranks of longevity. Nearly 7 in 10 Americans want to live to 100, according to a survey of 11,000 Americans and Canadians in the United States and Canada in January and February. They are settling at an age where they can reach 100 years old.
The problem is health. As we get older, it is inevitable that these and other chronic diseases will come to us. In the United States, 88% of people 65 and older have at least one medical condition. So, living the last 12 years or more of life with physical illness or cognitive dysfunction is the average picture of older people.
To achieve both longevity and health, regular exercise and healthy eating are basic. Habits that are bad for health, such as smoking and drinking too much, are also essential to quit as soon as possible. In addition, experts advise that the older you get, the more you should develop a habit of taking care of your own mental and physical condition. In particular, in order to diagnose dementia, the biggest nightmare of old age, early, careful observation is necessary. Doctors say be aware of the early signs of dementia, as early diagnosis can lead to better treatment.
The most common early symptom of dementia is sudden memory loss. “Where did you put your car keys?” It is a natural phenomenon of aging, such as “Oops, the lunch appointment was today”, etc., and some people have severe forgetfulness. However, if you have a good memory, but suddenly noticeably loses your memory, it is not something to take lightly. Experts recommend that you talk to your doctor.
Usually the next symptom is confusion. If you are over the age of 65, your cognitive ability will decrease and you may be confused about something. However, confusion is also one of the early symptoms of dementia. If things that confuse the situation are repeated too often, it is best to see a specialist.
Another risk factor for dementia is sleep disturbance. Sleep disorders are highly associated with dementia. Many dementia patients have experienced difficulties with sleep problems for years before they were diagnosed with dementia. Sleep disorders are also associated with Parkinson’s disease. Many Parkinson’s patients report that they struggled with lack of sleep at night for many years.
The symptoms that follow memory loss, confusion, and sleep disturbance are delusions. Seeing something that doesn’t exist. At this point, it’s serious. If you have visual hallucinations and you can’t sleep because you’re scared or report it to the police, it’s highly likely that you have dementia.
Then there are symptoms that are quite serious but easy to ignore. loss of sense of humor Everyone else comes and smiles, “What’s funny?” And if you’re alone, that could be a problem. Loss of ability to understand jokes is also an early symptom of dementia.
This is an era where you and I want to live to be 100 years old. Respondents in the previous survey said that it would be ideal to live 29 more years after retirement. 30 years of retirement is not an easy task. You must have the money and health to last for 30 years. And even if you have enough money for retirement, if you get dementia, your life is over. It is necessary to make a habit of observing whether the forgetfulness is not getting worse, whether you are sleeping well, and whether your sense of humor is alive.