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5 Practical Methods for Calming Agitation in Older Adults with Dementia

By Flora Umukoro, 11:29 am on July 9, 2018

Research-based tips for reducing agitation and aggression due to dementia in a mindful way Caring for a loved one with dementia can feel like a daily battle. You are dealing with the loss of the person you once knew but at the same time you still love them despite this change and new episodes of agitation and aggression. And you may find it difficult to predict which behaviors will arise. The challenges of dementia caregiving can break your heart on a regular basis. Executing simple tasks and scheduling events for a loved one can turn into a disaster. Dementia is cruel to both the person with dementia and to the caregiver but there are strategies …

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Fit at 50? Dementia Risk Low Among Very Fit Women

By Flora Umukoro, 12:06 pm on July 2, 2018

Only 5% of Highly Fit Women Got Dementia That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that 25% of women with average fitness developed dementia. These statistics come from a new report in Neurology journal by Helena Hörder, Lena Johansson, XinXn Guo and others. Their research concluded that it’s important for women to stay fit to reduce the risk of developing dementia later in life. In 1968, Swedish scientists began a 44 year study of 1,462 women. A smaller, representative group of 191 of these women were tested for cardiovascular fitness. This test was given once to the women during mid-life. Some women were 38, and some were 60, but the average age at the …

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How Employers can Help us Balance Work and Caregiving

By Flora Umukoro, 9:58 am on June 25, 2018

Tips to Balance Work and Caregiving Family caregivers are all around us, but they are often hidden. At least 44 million people are unpaid caregivers in the US. Double Responsibilities At Work Three quarters of these family caregivers have jobs but struggle to balance work and caregiving responsibilities. Caregivers help family members with bathing, dressing, medications, doctors’ appointments and more. Being a dedicated employee and a supporting caregiver is a double responsibility. Some suffer from depression, anxiety and not being able to enjoy life. Bearing this double responsibility can decrease your employee’s productivity by 18.5%. Chances are higher that your employee will feel it is necessary to quit. Often, out of necessity to care for …

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Baseball Therapy for Alzheimer’s

By Flora Umukoro, 3:01 pm on June 18, 2018

New socialization programs built around sports. What are your most treasured sports memories? Was it the afternoon you saved the day on the ball field with a great catch? The game-winning hit? Do you remember sitting in the stadium when your favorite player belted one out of the park? These recollections are both powerful and sweet. Flash forward to today. A cutting-edge technique to help Alzheimer’s patients is sports reminiscence therapy. Let’s learn how America’s pastime, baseball, gives people with dementia a richer, happier life. The Power of the Group Sports reminiscence therapy is socialization program. People gather in groups and do activities – and have fun – with their peers. Most socialization programs involve …

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How to Allow Your Parent to Accept Help Graciously

By Flora Umukoro, 1:56 pm on June 11, 2018

How can we help someone in need who doesn’t want any help? How do you allow your parent to accept help graciously, and preserve their pride and dignity? How do I deal with a difficult parent? These are some of the most often asked questions from well-meaning family caregivers. If you feel trapped in a power struggle, remember not to take it personally. Understanding parents’ resistance to help Your aging parent may resist or refuse help for VALID REASONS, such as: Habit. Your parent(s) could decline your outstretched hand out of habit. They’ve always fended for themselves, so why stop now? Pride. Asking for help may signal their physical or mental decline. Asking one’s children …

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How One Protein Could Reverse the Damage of Alzheimer’s

By Flora Umukoro, 9:50 am on June 4, 2018

                        The latest Alzheimer’s research brings hope for future cure What if you could have one little protein changed in one of your genes and no longer have to live with the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease? Is it really possible? Can it be true? There seems to be a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Researchers at the Gladstone Institute have been able to erase memory loss damage caused by Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Well… at least in the lab working with cells. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? How Research is Combating Alzheimer’s By using human cells, researchers have been able to pinpoint the …

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Boot Camp Helps Dementia Caregivers Understand How to Care for a Loved One

By Flora Umukoro, 1:29 pm on May 21, 2018

There are boot camps for military recruits, boot camps to lose weight and even boot camps for brides, but a boot camp for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers? Yes, there is one for that too and it is providing people with much-needed information and support. The science of treating patients is always evolving as are the techniques and strategies for dementia caregiving. The boot camp1 for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia was developed by Dr. Zaldy Tan who recognized the physical, emotional and mental toll of caregiving. When caregivers are compromised it can adversely impact the health and well-being of the people in their care. Dr. Tan realized that improving care for caregivers …

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The Impact Loneliness and Isolation has on our Brains

By Flora Umukoro, 12:17 pm on May 14, 2018

                    How loneliness drains the aging brain and what can be done about it In his hit “Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel),” legendary crooner Roy Orbison hits close to home regarding the heartache of being and feeling alone: “Only the lonely know the way I feel tonight…only the lonely know this feeling ain’t right.” Yes, it’s true — feeling alone is no fun. But the fact remains that many American seniors spend most their lives lonely and isolated from the outside world. Sure, everyone enjoys a little alone time. However, for too many seniors, remaining isolated does more than diminish joie de vivre. It …

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How Your Choice of Words Can Impact How Long You Live

By Flora Umukoro, 10:44 am on May 7, 2018

New Research Shows Positive Language Plays A Big Role in Brain Health Watch your words! According to new research on how language and a positive mindset can improve brain health, our choice of words can impact how well we age, and also how well we recover from illness.1 The power of positive thinking and visualization have been touted as valuable practices for many years, and now, there is even more evidence that using the right words at the right time is yet another way to improve our longevity. How Positive Language Improves Brain Health The adage “you bring about what you talk about” is not new; as in, if you think you’re going to fail, …

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A Closer Look at the Causes of Heart Disease

By Flora Umukoro, 4:49 pm on May 4, 2018

Practical tips for decreasing your risk of heart disease A healthy heart is foundational to a healthy life. A healthy lifestyle will often help you have a healthy heart. Each year there are over 17,000,000 deaths worldwide related to heart disease. 80% of those deaths are preventable.1 Unfortunately, the symptoms of heart disease can sneak up on you and you may not know you are at risk until the damage is done. Heart attacks and heart disease can quickly derail your plans for your life. Instead of worrying about the possibility of an unhealthy heart, you can learn what causes heart disease, how to prevent it and how to decrease your risk. What Causes Heart …

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