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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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Targeting Inflammation in the Brain Could Halt Alzheimer’s Progression

By Home Care Assistance, 10:46 pm on February 1, 2016

Researchers from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have found that targeting and reducing inflammation in the brain can reduce memory problems seen in Alzheimer’s disease. This research adds to growing evidence that suppressing inflammation in the brain may lead to preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation in the brain is caused by a build-up of microglia cells, which are cells that provide the main form and first line of immune defense. The proliferation of microglia cells has also been found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, post-mortem, and is a key indicator of several neurocognitive disorders. Individuals with Alzheimer’s also had an increased regulation of the CSF1R gene that correlated …

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6 Tips for Safe Driving for Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 8:59 pm on January 17, 2016
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As we enter January, driving conditions tend to be more dangerous due to rainy or snowy roads. For seniors, age-related declines in vision, mobility and reaction time can limit driving abilities, making it even more difficult to drive safely on slippery roads. To this end, we have put together 6 tips for safe driving that are important for your safety and that of others. Follow these 6 tips to ensure your safe driving abilities! Get regular health check-ups. Monitor changes in vision, hearing and mobility by getting regular medical check-ups. If your primary physician or optometrist notices changes, be proactive by following their recommended advice for glasses, hearing aids or other support devices. It is …

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Singing Proves Beneficial in Early Stages of Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 1:45 pm on January 3, 2016
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Many experience that a familiar tune can jog an old memory, which is why music is often used as a type of therapy for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. A recent study by the University of Helsinki in Finland looked more in-depth at the benefits of music and found that singing – as opposed to simply listening to music – can boost the brain function of individuals in the early stages of dementia. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, split 89 people with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers into three separate groups: one group underwent a music intervention program involving singing, another group underwent an intervention …

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8 Tips for Traveling with a Senior Loved One

By Home Care Assistance, 8:49 am on December 30, 2015
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With the holidays upon us, one of the greatest gifts you can share with Mom or Dad is the gift of travel. Whether you are planning a trip for them to visit grandchildren or taking a family excursion abroad, it is important to plan ahead to accommodate their evolving needs as they age. We have compiled 8 tips to help your senior loved one travel with ease, regardless of whether he or she is traveling with company or alone. Read our tips to help you plan your travels! Talk with Mom or Dad about his/her travel wishes. Before booking a trip, have a conversation with Mom or Dad about whether he or she would like …

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