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Aspen Senior Center and Cognitive Reserves

In a study conducted several years ago, Dr. Charles C. Hall and colleagues looked at how learning and brain-stimulating activities can increase cognitive reserves in people who developed Alzheimer’s. The study involved 488 people with an average age of 79 and followed them for 5 years, with assessments done every 12 to 18 months. The researchers looked at how many cognitive activities were done a day and then how many days a week. Some of the activities were reading, writing, crossword puzzles, board or card games, group discussions, or playing music.

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Our Newest Courage in Action Award and Highest Quality of Care Award are in the Same Family!

Nephi and Leona Fitzgerald are wonderful people! They always great you with a smile and a joke! Nephi’s latest joke is:

Question: What did the mama shot gun say to the papa shot gun?
Answer: We’re going to have a BB.

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How Seniors Benefit by Coming to the Aspen Senior Center in Provo

Aspen Senior Center in Provo is Utah’s finest activity day center! We provide respite for family caregivers caring for loved ones at home and our clients who come have an enjoyable time. Here are some of the benefits of those who come regularly:

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Aspen Senior Care of Utah Understands the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and other Dementias

At Aspen Senior Care we specialize in caring for seniors with dementia and providing support for them and their families.  The Aspen Senior Center in Provo is a comprehensive Adult Day Care Center that supports family caregivers who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We hear the terms Alzheimer’s and dementia used interchangeably but they actually mean different things. Dementia is a blanket term for a set of symptoms that include impaired thinking and memory decline, usually with aging.

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Is Age-Related Memory Loss Reversible?

When doctors began studying Alzheimer’s it was initially thought that age-related memory loss was an early indication of Alzheimer’s but in a study performed at Columbia University Medical Center, researchers were able to confirm that age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s were two distinct conditions. In this particular study they also discovered a possible reason for age-related memory loss and that this condition might be reversible!

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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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