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We Are People Who Have Alzheimer’s. We Are Not Alzheimer’s.

Amy Shives is one of the founding members of Dementia Alliance International and she recently spoke at the Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Advocacy Forum in Washington DC last month.  Dementia Alliance International is a non-profit organization of people who have been diagnosed with dementia from the USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany and other countries. Their goal is to represent, support and educate others living with the disease and change the language and perception of dementia to that of what a person CAN do, not what they CAN’T.  Amy’s story is one of courage and hope in fighting the stigma of younger on-set Alzheimer’s and dementia in general. She talks about  her own experience with her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and then her own diagnosis at age 50. Among other things she says that those who have dementia don’t wish to be know as “suffering” from Alzheimer’s disease but as “people who have Alzheimer’s”. They are people first and have many capabilities despite their diagnosis. Watch below to see Amy’s amazing speech.

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Can Obesity Really Be An Asset In Fighting Dementia?

A new study as reported at  Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly seems to suggest at least in preliminary research that being overweight and even obese might help prevent dementia. Research by Dr. Nawab Qizilbash and associates was done at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and OXON Epidemiology. The study followed 2 million people with an average age of 55 over 2 decades. The premise of the research was to see if there was a correlation between between BMI and risk of dementia.

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The Red Plate Study

In a study done at Boston University over 10 years ago, biopsychologist Alice Cronin-Golomb and her research partners undertook a research study they call “The Red Plate Study” .  The idea was to see if seniors with Alzheimer’s would eat more from a red plate rather than a white plate.   It has been estimated that 40% of individuals with severe Alzheimer’s lose an unhealthy amount of weight. It used to be thought that depression, inability to concentrate on more than one food at a time, and an inability to eat unassisted led to this drastic weight loss but in this study, they wanted to see if it could be related to something as relatively simple as being unable to see the food.

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New Aspen Senior Care Cognasium Bags

At our last in-service we  introduced Cognasium Bags to our caregivers. These bags are designed to be especially tailored to fit individual client’s needs. We have a variety of engaging activities at the office for caregivers to consider for each of their clients. Studies show that individuals who keep the brain active with word games, puzzles, matching games, music, sensory activities and socialization tend to slow the  progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Research has shown that  keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may even build its reserves of brain cells and connections. 

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Can the Mediterranean Diet help prevent dementia?

We’ve all heard that a diet of made up mostly of fruits, vegetables, legumes, olive oil, whole grains and fish — the Mediterranean diet – is good for the heart.. But a Mediterranean diet may also be good for your brain! Studies show that people who closely follow a Mediterranean diet may be less likely to develop cognitive decline when compared with people who don’t follow the diet.  Research shows that a Mediterranean diet may:

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We Did It Again! 2015 Best of Home Care Award

We are excited to announce that Aspen Senior Care has again won the Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award for 2015. That makes 6 years in a row!  We are one of the top home care agencies in the country with absolute proof of quality as awarded by Home Care Pulse, a third party quality assurance company. Home Care Pulse interviews different clients or their family members each month. During the interview our clients rate us in various categories. We received Outstanding Performance ratings in the following categories:

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Other Senior Care Options to Consider for Your Loved One

We meet with families each month who are seeking the best care for their loved one. It can be challenging sorting through all of the various types of senior care options. However, many adult children think that a nursing home or an “old folks home” is the only option when their loved one begins to need some help at home. They are most likely referring to an assisted living facility which are private pay facilities where aging senior live. Let’s take a quick look at two other lesser known private pay options that all families should consider.

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