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Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly


This journal topic has a significant impact for the healthcare providers and of course for the client as it provides the necessary information to clear common misconceptions regarding leisure activities and risk of dementia in elderly. Participation in leisure activities has been associated with a lower risk of dementia. It is unclear whether increased participation in leisure activities lowers the risk of dementia or participation in leisure activities declines during the preclinical phase of dementia. The journal concluded that participation in leisure activities is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, even after adjustment for base-line cognitive status and after the exclusion of subjects with possible preclinical dementia. Controlled trials are needed to assess the protective effect of cognitive leisure activities on the risk of dementia. It is an important knowledge especially for geriatric nurses and those who are in an institution like Sta.

Luisa Hospicio de San Jose. It is important to carry out leisure activities for the elderly atleast two times a day to lessen the risk of dementia for them. It's not just a good information for health care professionals but also to those who are with their lolas or with their elderly relatives. With the information you can get in this journal you will be aware that it's not heathy for the elderly to be left idle with nothing to enjoy and do. You have to atleast talk to them; give them something fun to do, to exercise them physically and mentally.

Nursing Implication:

There is accumulating evidence that involvement in leisure activities may be related to risk of dementia; however, there is no consensus concerning the underlying mechanism of this association. Hypothesizing that leisure activities may contribute to cognitive reserve, we examined the association...