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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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New Advancements in Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

By Home Care Assistance, 7:53 pm on March 19, 2016
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Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia currently affect 47.5 million people worldwide, which is why it is increasingly important to advance our understanding of the disease and its progression in order to find a cure. For the first time, a research team from the University of California, Berkeley was able to track the whole progression of Alzheimer’s disease and the build up of the protein tau in cognitively normal adults, who are alive, by using PET scans. A positron emission tomography scan, or PET scan, is an imaging test that uses a radioactive material to trace a disease. The radioactive tracer is often injected intravenously and travels via the bloodstream to organs and tissues, …

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Blackcurrant Fruit Provides Brain Health Benefits

By Home Care Assistance, 2:39 pm on March 6, 2016

Scientists from Plant & Food Research in New Zealand, in collaboration with Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, assessed the effects of blackcurrants on cognitive health and found that the fruit improved attention and regulated mood. The study was conducted on 36 healthy participants aged 18 to 35 years old who consumed one of three drinks: a sugar and taste-matched placebo which did not contain blackcurrant, an anthocyanin-enriched New Zealand blackcurrant extract (Delcyan™), or a cold-pressed juice from the New Zealand blackcurrant variety called ‘Blackadder’. After consuming 250ml of their assigned drink, the participants underwent mental performance tests and a blood test. Results showed that both of the blackcurrant juices improved attention and mood and …

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6 Steps to Post-Hospitalization Recovery

By Home Care Assistance, 8:51 pm on February 28, 2016
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One of the leading causes of hospital readmissions is the lack of adequate support following a hospital discharge. To help make a patient’s transition home smooth and successful, Home Care Assistance is committed to educating seniors and their loved ones about post-hospitalization care through ourHospital to Home Care program, a comprehensive set of resources for families managing the sometimes difficult transition home after hospitalization. The first 72 hours home are critical for post-hospitalization patients. Patients are fatigued and family members are often confused and helpless. In addition to a comprehensive discharge plan, a caregiver can help manage the transition home and help you on the path towards a successful recovery. Remember that recovery is a …

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Down Syndrome Research Broadens the Understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Home Care Assistance, 11:14 am on February 21, 2016
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Researchers are becoming increasingly interested in studying Down syndrome as a way to find treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s at an earlier age, which is why the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institutes of Health and other researchers in the field of aging are focusing more efforts on Down syndrome research. Currently, one of the greatest known risk factors for Alzheimer’s is advanced age. One in nine people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s, while more than 75% of people with Down syndrome aged 65 …

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3 Tips to Control High Blood Pressure

By Home Care Assistance, 4:44 pm on February 13, 2016
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In recognition of Heart Month this February, the Cognitive Therapeutics team is raising awareness around the link between high blood pressure and an increased risk of dementia and stroke. Worldwide, there are 970 million people living with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The World Health Organization estimates that hypertension is one of the leading causes of premature death as it is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. In addition, a growing body of scientific literature indicates that hypertension may also be linked to cognitive decline and dementia. Most importantly, high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable; controlling risk factors for hypertension today may contribute to a healthier brain in the …

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Caregivers

By Home Care Assistance, 11:06 am on February 7, 2016
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As the number of people over the age of 80 continues to grow more quickly than the number of people born, there is an increasing need for long-term care options. Many of us are finding ourselves in a position where we will either need to be a family caregiver or hire a professional caregiver. As someone who has dedicated her career to the care of seniors, I am aware of the qualities we can develop in ourselves as family caregivers or look for in professional caregivers to ensure our loved ones are cared for with the dignity and compassion he or she deserves. Here are 7 habits of highly effective caregivers: Be proactive, not reactive. …

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