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The Ultimate Caregiver Guide to Self-Care

By Flora Umukoro, 10:13 am on March 20, 2018

Much is written these days about mindfulness, self-care and the importance of taking care of oneself when caring for others. There is a list that I’m sure each of us can recite as we think about the next task on our respective to-do list or run off to get the next thing done. What helpful information is available to what the academic community refers to as the ‟informal caregiver” that makes a real impact in supporting them in their efforts to care for their loved one? There are plenty of articles revolving around self-care for the caregiver. So I won’t tell you to eat your cruciferous vegetables or to exercise regularly. Nor will I suggest that …

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Eating Leafy Greens Each Day Could Make Your Brain 11 Years Younger

By Flora Umukoro, 5:41 pm on March 12, 2018

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 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, the pattern of mental aging differed markedly in the two test groups. Study participants …

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

By Flora Umukoro, 2:17 pm on March 5, 2018

Tips on creating a clear care plan for your loved one  The most important thing in planning? Do so in advance. 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 together a caregiving plan for your loved ones and other family members …

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Creating Authentic Rituals During the Journey of Life

By Flora Umukoro, 5:59 pm on March 2, 2018

Key insights on best practices and how to form a personalized ritual  There comes a time in just about everybody’s life when we search for the meaning behind the events that have shaped us. It seems that as we age, ritual and tradition are proving to be a valuable means to note life changing events and to mark and honor these joyful, silly, difficult, and heartbreaking episodes in our lives. Ritual helps us define our experience. The Need for Ritual In a conversation with a friend the other day, we wandered into the deep dark forest of how to approach and make peace with life changing events. We found some direction when we began to …

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Five Ways to Make Your Brain More Resilient to the Early Signs of Dementia

By Flora Umukoro, 10:05 am on February 12, 2018

Although dementia is a progressive disease that slowly deteriorates the brain, there are ways to make your brain more resilient to the early signs of dementia. Just as our bodies age and we can help to keep it healthy by maintaining strong muscles and joints, the same is true of our brains. Here are five ways to make your brain more resilient to the early signs of dementia. 1. Learn a new language. According to the Alzheimer’s Society1, bilingual brains are more resistant to dementia. Their scientists say “People who speak more than one language develop dementia symptoms an average of five years later and can cope with a greater level of brain dysfunction,” than those who …

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How Eastern Philosophies Are Changing the Culture of Caregiving

By Flora Umukoro, 12:31 pm on February 5, 2018

Since the 16th century the western world has been dominated by science. We embraced the likes of Descartes and Newton and flew wildly into the direction that they pointed. Science, Philosophy, and logic defined the developments that brought us from the Age of Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution and right into the Age of Information. Never far behind, the world of medicine was discovering and developing treatments and cures for what ails us. Unfortunately, given the methods of science, caregiving was steamrolled by all the shiny and flashy developments that science had to offer. The personal experience of caregiving found itself having to conform and adapt to the rigors of the empirical. The condition or …

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5 Practical Methods for Calming Agitation in Older Adults with Dementia

By Flora Umukoro, 3:55 pm on January 29, 2018

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 that can help you respond to the challenges of dementia in an effective and …

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The Traits Every Great Caregiver Needs

By Flora Umukoro, 11:32 am on January 18, 2018

Becoming a caregiver may be a role you never saw yourself in. But now a family member or loved one is depending on you for their care. Are you wondering if you are the right type of person for this role? What are the traits you will need to be to be a good caregiver? The most essential quality is one you already have. The ability to care for a loved one and the willingness to dedicate part of your life to ensure their well being starts you off on the right track to becoming a good caregiver. Keep in mind that not everything will be perfect when caring for a loved one, but try to …

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How to Live a Long Life

By Flora Umukoro, 3:43 pm on December 18, 2017

Research on Those Living to 110 May Provide Clues to How Genetics Impact Long Life There are many theories on why some people live to an extraordinary age and why they do so in remarkably good health. The secret to long life? Maybe we should look at the oldest people alive and see what we find. The famous chef and cookbook author, Julia Child, when asked the secret to her longevity said, “red meat and gin.” 1 She only lived to 91. Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts who lived to be 113, claimed that her longevity was due to “morning walks and chocolate”.2 Not unlike Jeanne Calment of Arles, France who ate two pounds of …

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How to Spot the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

By Flora Umukoro, 10:51 am on November 20, 2017

The Differences Between Alzheimer’s and Normal Aging We all lose our keys and forget where we put our reading glasses as we get older. It’s normal. It’s also not uncommon to occasionally forget a date or appointment, remembering it later. Even younger people can get disoriented and confused due to stress and distraction, or other influences. So, it’s important to understand the early signs of Alzheimer’s versus the characteristics of normal aging.  How Normal Aging and Alzheimer’s Differ According to medical professionals, the following are common early indicators of Alzheimer’s: 1 Memory Loss. Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common, early signs of the disease. It’s not about forgetting something someone said …

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