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Brain Exercises Linked to Decreased Risk of Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 1:18 pm on August 14, 2016
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Some cognitive training programs have earned a bad reputation in the media, and for good reason. These less reputable companies have made farfetched promises and claims that their products will prevent cognitive decline altogether. We know that complete prevention of dementia cannot be guaranteed, but cognitive training does engage and strengthen the brain, contributing to improved function of cognitive activity. Now, the latest research indicates a link between specific brain exercises and a decreased risk of symptoms associated with dementia. The results of the Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly, or ACTIVE study, were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the world’s largest gathering of Alzheimer’s researchers. The study was funded by the National …

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Tips to Encourage an Aging Loved One to Turn in the Keys

By Home Care Assistance, 9:07 pm on July 31, 2016
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At some point, you or another relative may believe that one of your parents no longer capable of safely operating a motor vehicle. Taking the keys away and prohibiting someone from driving may make them feel a major loss of autonomy because they feel they can no longer drive freely to the store, church or coffee shop to connect with friends. Understandably, this situation can be extremely upsetting. However, for the physical well-being of everyone involved, including the safety of strangers on the road, a direct conversation may become necessary. If the circumstances are urgent, take your loved one to their primary physician to determine their driving abilities. Confide in the doctor that you are …

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Aging and Dying with Dignity

By Home Care Assistance, 7:46 pm on July 17, 2016
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According to AARP, nearly 117 million people in the United States will require some form of assistance with daily activities in the next few years. At that time, there will only be roughly 50 million individuals available to help. These figures are higher for people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia as sufferers of cognitive decline may require multiple caregivers. Families should start setting up arrangements for care before it becomes an absolute necessity for their aging parents and loved ones. This will include an analysis of long-term care options, both home-based and residential community-based, in order to optimize the well-being of aging family members. Planning end-of-life care is more in-depth than a medical directive. A …

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Nutritional Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 5:33 pm on June 19, 2016
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Promoting good nutrition supports mental well-being, energy levels and better health and is an important part of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. In our continuous pursuit to share educational resources for those providing care to individuals experiencing dementia, we’ve created 8 useful tips that may help with meal time preparation for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Sensory consideration. When preparing a table setting, attempt to create a soothing atmosphere. It is best to limit distractions during meal time and create a calming atmosphere while eating. Agitation may be minimized by using a tablecloth with a solid color and eliminating table patterns. Eating as a social event. Make meal times …

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Preventing Loneliness in Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 4:18 pm on June 12, 2016
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Currently, about seven percent of older adults over the age of 60 suffer from clinical depression, though the condition is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many older adults experience intense feelings of loneliness due to being socially isolated, even when they wish to socialize and be surrounded by others. Older adults often enjoy sharing stories and other life experiences with others, some of which may even be considered inspiring, so it is important to reach out to senior loved ones and make an effort to spend time with them. Social isolation can stem from major events or changes in lifestyle. When older adults experience the loss of a spouse, they may withdraw and have decreased contact …

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Oral Health and Brain Health May Be Linked

By Home Care Assistance, 9:54 am on April 30, 2016
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In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers analyzed the link between oral health on cognitive health. Although scientists have known about the association between these two topics for some time, they are still uncertain on how the two are correlated. Researchers analyzed 1,412 studies from January 1993 to March 2013, and found that 56 of the studies were best suited to their criteria. Of the 56 studies, 40 were cross-sectional (made comparisons at a single point in time) and 16 were longitudinal (made comparisons over time). Of the 16 longitudinal studies, 11 looked at the effect of oral health on changes in cognitive health or incidence of dementia, while …

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The 3 Critical Estate Planning Documents Everyone Needs

By Home Care Assistance, 7:58 pm on April 24, 2016

Since April is Financial Literacy Month, we have asked attorney Mark Gilfix to share his advice on preparing an estate plan. Read his guest post below! Other than in emergencies, most of us don’t really think about legal or estate planning documents. We all know that we will eventually pass away, but figure that we don’t have to worry about that until we are old or sick. The fact is, all of us, regardless of age, should have a minimum of 3 estate planning documents in place. Why? Because one never knows what life will bring. And because having these simple documents in place can save you, your family and loved ones immense costs and trouble …

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New Study on Self-Motivation

By Home Care Assistance, 7:05 pm on April 10, 2016
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Self-motivation is key to healthy aging; we need motivation to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly and engage our brains by learning something new. A recent study shows that there may be ways we can train our brains to improve our self-motivation. Scientists know that neurons that are essential to motivation are located in an area of the brain known as the ventral tegmental area (VTA). This area is located deep in the middle of the brain and is involved in the reward and pleasure circuits. In a recent study published in the journal Neuron, scientists from Duke University asked people to activate their VTA by focusing on feelings of motivation. For the study, 73 …

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Hope that Alzheimer’s Memory Loss May Not Be Permanent

By Home Care Assistance, 3:12 pm on April 3, 2016
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Currently 47.5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia worldwide. Although other cognitive deficits do develop, memory loss is one of the telltale signs of Alzheimer’s. Scientists have often wondered whether memory loss is a result of the person not being able to create and store new memories or simply having difficulty retrieving the memories. In a recent study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), neuroscientists were able to retrieve memories that were “lost” due to Alzheimer’s disease in mice. This provides hope that memories lost to Alzheimer’s may one day be retrievable in humans. The study compared a control group of normal mice with a group that …

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Could Syrup Cure Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Home Care Assistance, 5:57 pm on March 27, 2016
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At the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting, researchers made a few important announcements regarding the benefits of pure maple syrup and its potential to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Pure maple syrup is the sap that comes directly from the maple tree, not the processed, sugary kind we often find at the breakfast table. It is a natural compound that has been proven to have a myriad of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties. The following research adds to a growing body of work on pure sap. The first announcement came from researchers at the Krembil Research Institute of the University of Toronto. They found that pure maple syrup helps prevent the clumping of two proteins, beta amyloid …

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