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Dementia Care Update: How Positive Attitudes Around Aging Can Reduce Risk of Dementia

By djohnson, 2:30 pm on April 18, 2018
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Dementia Care update: If you improve brain health with these strategies for maintaining a positive outlook on life you may reduce your risk of dementia. Could you, at 82 years of age, run a complete marathon (that’s 26.2 miles)? Perhaps not. However, Ginette Bedard from Howard Beach, Queens crossed the finish line of the New York Marathon not just once but repeatedly! She started running seriously when she was 69 and has been able to continually participate in this event thanks to both a diligent training program — she runs an average of three hours per day — as well as a positive attitude. Wearing a smile helps more than your physical health; positive outlooks on …

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Jane Fonda’s Surprising Senior Care Secrets to Living Longer and Better

By djohnson, 3:46 pm on April 11, 2018
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Senior care advice on how to age well and achieve healthy longevity from Jane Fonda. Anyone who saw Jane Fonda present the award for Best Actor at the Academy Awards earlier this year will agree she looks fabulous for her age. If you missed the award show, you can catch her with Lily Tomlin on the Netflix series called “Grace and Frankie” to see what we mean. This Oscar-winning actress and activist looks terrific for an 80-year old, and I’d say she clocks at least 20 years younger. Yes, some cosmetic surgery was involved but, as she’ll admit, it was worth it (and she didn’t have it done until she was 72). 1 And yes, perhaps it’s because, …

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Senior Care UPDATE – Can the Brain Heal Itself After a Stroke?

By djohnson, 1:15 pm on April 4, 2018
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Identifying senior care needs and setting expectations following a stroke has long been accepted as the first steps in stroke recovery. For many years, doctors have been unsure if the brain could actual heal itself after a stroke, but a recent study may provide some insights and potentially changing senior care. Research now indicates1 that in many instances, a brain can heal itself after a stroke, even though it has been deprived of blood and may have damaged nerve cells. While physical and mental changes can occur following a stroke, stroke victims can and do regain function; the brain is a fighter and does attempt to heal itself. Cells that are damaged but not beyond repair …

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A Better Answer to Caregiver Stress

By djohnson, 4:45 pm on March 28, 2018
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If you are a caregiver, identifying the various stages of stress and how to improve your mental state is key. No matter how big you are or how powerful you punch, there’s one opponent that can flatten you as a caregiver. Caregiver stress is a very real thing and it can become a very formidable and a real problem. As a new caregiver, you may be thinking, “What is caregiver stress and what are the symptoms?” Caregiver stress is when caregivers wear themselves too thin by having an abundant amount of responsibilities and too little time; the results are rarely good. Stressed caregivers have many complaints including: increased anxiety, angry outbursts, reduced motivation, social isolation, and …

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Senior Care Update – Eating Leafy Greens Each Day Could Make Your Brain 11 Years Younger

By djohnson, 8:58 am on March 21, 2018
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Senior care and brain health could be improved by salad! New research shows that daily servings of leafy greens may improve brain health. A recent study 1 in Neurology – a journal published by the American Academy of Neurology — found that healthy seniors who had daily helpings of leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens had a slower rate of cognitive decline, scoring better on memory and thinking skill tests, compared to those who tended to eat little or no greens. The study in senior care and senior health suggests that after five years, people who regularly consume leafy greens enjoyed a mental edge that was the equivalent of 11 years in age. Over five years, …

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What You Can Do About Dementia

By djohnson, 2:26 pm on March 14, 2018
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Most humans, especially those with a family history of dementia, dread it when the doctor’s voice drops to that tone we all save for delivering bad news. “The test results are back and you have dementia.” Questions swirl around your head and you struggle to voice them. How can you fight dementia? What are the symptoms of dementia? Can the symptoms of dementia come and go? What will this mean for your life and the lives of your loved ones? Or maybe you are noticing in yourself or in a loved one signs of dementia that you can’t deny. You haven’t talked to your doctor yet but you search the internet to find answers to …

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How Empathy Can Be a Gateway to Caregiver Burnout

By djohnson, 3:28 pm on March 7, 2018
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How compassion and appreciation can help you combat caregiver burnout As caregivers do what caregivers do, a lexicon of words get bantered about with the intention of invoking a perpetual ease that will flutter down on the caregiving situation that makes everything a little bit easier and lessens the suffering. These are words like: empathy, compassion, appreciation, and gratitude. They are sprinkled in conversations, articles, and workshops as indispensable offerings, and if we let ourselves be guided by them, all will be better and burnout will, well, burnout and go away. The key is to understand how to prevent caregiver burnout and what steps are necessary to take along the journey. Oddly enough, understanding the psychological underpinnings …

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Planning 24 Hour Care For a Parent: 5 Things You Should Keep in Mind

By djohnson, 3:26 pm on February 28, 2018
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Are you looking for tips on creating a clear 24 hour care plan for your loved one? The most important thing in planning is when to start. Advance planning for senior care is best. We’re very good at saving for college, planning for mortgage and tax payments, investing in an IRA, but when it comes to planning for the care of an aging loved one, too often we don’t have a plan until there is a problem. If our parents are elderly, but healthy and are still living independently, we tend to not worry, but realistically that reality could change overnight with a medical emergency and the need for long-term care, or a sudden, unexpected death. Putting …

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Senior Care Update: You Don’t Have to Have Alzheimer’s to Help Alzheimer’s Research

By djohnson, 1:49 pm on February 21, 2018
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Potential new research tools for senior care in diagnosing Alzheimer’s. The question is: What if you could help treat Alzheimer’s disease by supporting research efforts to identify the disease earlier? When it comes to senior care, there’s no way to diagnose Alzheimer’s for certain until someone dies and an autopsy reveals the distinctive buildup of amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain. This makes it hard for doctors to diagnose the disease and for scientists to test investigational treatments for Alzheimer’s. If scientists are testing a treatment that targets one of these proteins in the brain, it makes sense to only include patients who have it. If only we could identify Alzheimer’s early on in …

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Caregivers and Social Programs and a Tasty Chocolate Tart Recipe

By djohnson, 3:55 pm on February 14, 2018
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Social stimulation for healthy longevity and easing the strain caregivers experience. Seniors and fine wine share something in common – both can age well. Both, however, require some outside help for best results. With aging seniors, steps can be taken to slow the natural aging process down. Social programs can be one of those steps and can prove to have an excellent outcome for both seniors and caregivers. Participating seniors can feel more engaged, become more active, and even form new relationships. Caregivers can take advantage of some time away while a senior is in a social program and enjoy some much-needed respite care. It’s often up to the caregiver to find social programs and …

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