Recommended Reading and Resources: Cognitive Decline

At Healthassist, we try to be as pro-active as possible to prevent crises, so we pay close attention to vision and hearing issues.

As this article explains, a growing body of evidence suggests that when older people’s brains must work harder to see, declines in language, memory, attention, and more can occur. Similarly, this article discusses hearing loss and its relationship to cognitive decline.

Another thing we pay close attention to with our older adult clients is alcohol intake. We worry about changes in cognition, falls, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal issues and, of course, alcohol’s impact on an individual’s cardiac status.

This article summarizes research on how alcohol intake can increase the risk of a cardiac arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation in people who have a history of the condition (something we see more and more of).