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.
Did you know that about one third of people over the age of 65 fall each year and that number rises to 1/2 of all seniors over the age of 80? Many seniors list falling as one of their greatest fears. With over half of falls occurring in the home, there are many things families can do to help keep their loved ones safe.
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.
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.
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:
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:
The holidays can be a stressful time for family caregivers, especially when taking care of a loved one with dementia. The best approach for everyone involved is to Keep It Simple.
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.
On National Healthcare Decisions Day which is on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, all across the country, health care facilities, professionals, chaplains, the legal community and others will participate in a collective effort to highlight the importance of making advance healthcare decisions. These professionals and facilities will be providing tools for making these crucial decisions available to everyone. Together, we are hoping to address the public’s misunderstandings about advance healthcare planning and advance directives. Such misunderstandings include: 1. That a living will and a healthcare power of attorney are the same thing (they are not). 2. That advance directives are only used for limiting care (also not true), and 3. That a lawyer is needed to draft an advance directive (not true as well).