Home Health Care | Ten Symptoms of Dementia

Home Health Care | Ten Symptoms of Dementia

Home Health Care  | The onset and development of memory loss and dementia can be your biggest concern as a child and caregiver for your parent. Sometimes taking care of the physical and organizational aspects of your parent’s aging process are tiring, but the idea of losing that person cognitively can be almost unbearable. Unfortunately, many of us have to deal with the reality of our parents’ memory loss and dementia.

“Most people’s personality changes a little with age. People affected by dementia may experience a very pronounced personality change; this can happen suddenly or over a longer period of time.”

For people suffering with dementia, dealing with daily life becomes increasingly difficult and they become increasingly incompetent and insecure in normal daily situations. But skills and abilities deeply ingrained by their life history are preserved for a long time; sometimes patients become sensitive to physical contact and showing warmth toward others.

Knowing what to expect will help. Following are 10 symptoms to watch for :

  1. Forgetfulness with effects at work. Most people forget names or appointments sometimes. If this happens more frequently and inexplicable states of confusion become apparent, this could be an indication of a decline in memory function.
  2. Difficulties with familiar activities. People who are very busy are sometimes absent-minded and, for example, forget the pot on the stove. People with dementia possibly forget not only the pot on the stove, but also that they are the one who is cooking.
  3. Language problems. Most people occasionally experience difficulties in finding the right words. Dementia sufferers often cannot remember simple words and instead they use inappropriate ‘fillers,’ which make it difficult to understand the flow of the sentences.
  4. Problems with spatial and temporal orientation. Most people sometimes forget, for example, the day of the week or can get lost in unfamiliar surroundings. Dementia sufferers might be on their own street and no longer know where they are, how they got there or how to get home again.
  5. Impaired capacity of judgment. People don’t always wear the most appropriate clothing for the weather. Dementia sufferers, however, sometimes wear totally inappropriate clothes. For example, they wear a bathrobe while shopping or several blouses on top of each other on a hot summer day.
  6. Problems with abstract thinking. Managing a bank account can be a challenge for many people. Dementia patients can often neither recognize numbers nor carry out simple calculations.
  7. Leaving things behind. From time to time almost everybody leaves keys or a wallet behind. Dementia sufferers, however, might put things in completely inappropriate places, such as putting the iron in the fridge or a watch in the sugar bowl. Afterwards they do not remember where they put these items.
  8. Mood swings and behavioral changes. Everybody has mood swings. People with dementia may have very sudden mood swings, often without discernible cause.
  9. Personality changes. Most people’s personality changes a little with age. People affected by dementia may experience a very pronounced personality change; this can happen suddenly or over a longer period of time. Somebody who is generally friendly, for example, becomes unexpectedly angry, jealous or timid.
  10. Loss of initiative. No one continuously works with the same motivation. Dementia patients sometimes lose the zest in their work and the interest in their hobbies completely without enjoying new activities.  -Parent Giving

 

 


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Live-In Care | Lifestyle Changes Reduce Stroke Risk

 Live-In Care | Lifestyle Changes Reduce Stroke Risk

Live-In Care | New guidelines issued by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association say that people who make healthy lifestyle choices can significantly reduce stroke risk by 80 percent.

“Between 1999 and 2006, there’s been over a 30 percent reduction in stroke death rates in the United States and we think the majority of the reduction is coming from better prevention,” said Larry B. Goldstein, MD, chairman of the statement writing committee and director of the Duke Stroke Center in Durham, NC.

Before this, the incidence of stroke may have been increasing, according to the statement that cites a 39 percent rise in hospitalizations between 1988 and 1997. As the population continues to age, the total number of Americans having a stroke is expected to rise.

Of the 795,000 strokes occurring in Americans each year, 77 percent are first events. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer and one of the major causes of disability in adults.
For the first time, the stroke prevention guidelines address all types of strokes. For prevention, there is often little difference along the stroke spectrum, said Dr. Goldstein, who is also a professor of medicine and director of Duke’s ASA-Bugher Foundation Center for Stroke Prevention Research.

Stroke types are:

  • Ischemic stroke. These account for 87 percent of all strokes and occur when a blood vessel in or leading to the brain is blocked.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke. A blood vessel rupture causes a non-ischemic or bleeding stroke.
  • Transient ischemic attack or TIA. This occurs when the blockage is temporary, but is considered a major risk factor for a later, larger stroke.

The new guidelines feature several key prevention updates based on recent research and say that making healthy lifestyle choices can lower risk of a first stroke as much as 80 percent compared with those who don’t make such changes. The preventive benefit increases with each positive change you make.

You can reduce stroke risk by:

  • Not smoking
  • Eating a low-fat diet high in fruits and vegetables
  • Drinking in moderation
  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a normal body weight

Other findings include:

  • Emergency room doctors should attempt to identify patients at high risk for stroke and consider making referrals, conducting screenings or beginning preventive therapy.
  • Although genetic screening for stroke among the general population isn’t recommended, it may be appropriate in certain circumstances, depending on family history and other factors.
  • General population screening for carotid artery narrowing isn’t recommended.
  • The usefulness of stenting in people with a narrowing of a carotid artery in the neck compared to surgery (endarterectomy) is still uncertain. Because of advances in standard medical therapies (including a change in lifestyle factors, treating high blood pressure and using antiplatelet and cholesterol lowering drugs) the usefulness of either procedure in people who have not had symptoms is unclear. Doctors must decide whether to perform either procedure on a case-by-case basis.
  • Aspirin doesn’t prevent a first stroke in low-risk people or those with diabetes or asymptomatic peripheral artery disease. However, it’s recommended for those whose risk is high enough for the reduction in stroke risk to outweigh the bleeding risks of aspirin.

Talk to your doctor about how to make the lifestyle changes that will lower your stroke risk. -parent giving
 

 

 

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Home Care | Counseling Spouses of Alzheimer’s Patients

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Home Care | Counseling Spouses of Alzheimer’s Patients

 

Home Care |  Alzheimer’s disease afflicts more than 5.2 million Americans in 2008. And, as aging baby boomers swell the ranks of the over 65s, public health officials expect a steady increase in Alzheimer’s disease.

One area of concern is not often discussed: As more people are affected with Alzheimer’s disease, who will provide the care they need?

Dr. Richard Suzman of the U.S. National Institute on Aging believes policymakers and the rest of society have not fully grasped the magnitude of the future care requirements for all the people who will suffer from Alzheimer’s.

Care for Alzheimer’s patients in the early stages is often provided by family members. Spouses who care for their aging partners are less likely than adult children to tap community supports. This isolation can subject them to greater physical and emotional stress, particularly when the patient cannot be left alone.

Support to spousal caregivers

A study led by Dr. Mary Mittelman of the Silberman Aging and Dementia Research Center at New York University School of Medicine has found that spousal caregivers who receive counseling and support are better able to withstand the stress of providing care.

This counseling of spouses also improves the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients – their  placement in nursing homes is delayed by an average of 557 days (or 1½ years) compared to spousal caregivers who do not avail themselves of such counseling and support. Dr. Mittelman estimates that families save at least $60,000 by delaying the nursing home placement.

This finding is the result of a 9½-year study involving 406 spousal caregivers. Half of them were provided six sessions of individual and family counseling in addition to support group participation and availability of telephone counseling. The other half served as control and did not get these interventions.

“Failure to tap community supports when providing care to Alzheimer’s patients can subject the spousal caregiver to greater physical and emotional stress.”

The six sessions were spread out over six weeks and included a discussion of what to expect as the disease worsens and lessons in coping skills. The caregivers were allowed to call counselors whenever they felt the need for more advice.

In addition to the deferred placement in nursing homes, the spousal caregivers who received counseling and support experienced an enhanced ability to cope positively with behavior problems in their partners. They also felt less vulnerable to bouts of caregiver depression or less prone to physical health problems.

The techniques for handling the patient’s tendency to wander around, or exhibit aggressive outbursts, or suffer incontinence, or other physical difficulties are not intuitive. These skills need to be taught to family caregivers, says Dr. Mittelman. Without expert instruction, people acquire their handling techniques by trial and error, and this may not be enough.

Similar studies by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and University of Nijmegen Medical Center researchers in the Netherlands agree with Dr. Mittelman’s findings: Quality of life, for both the patient and the spousal caregiver, is improved when family caregivers are counseled and properly trained. -Parent giving

 

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Home Health Care | Alcohol Drinking Among People Over 65 Pt. 2

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Home Health Care | Alcohol Drinking Among People Over 65 Pt. 2

Home Health Care  | There is also growing evidence that the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia is lower among moderate drinkers than among abstainers—these neurodegenerative disorders are key causes of disability and death among elderly people. Regular dietary intake of flavonoid-rich foods and/or beverages (like red wine) has been associated with a 50 percent reduction in the risk of dementia, a preservation of cognitive performance, a delay in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and a reduction in the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

On a day to day level, some scientific data shows that quality of life is better and total mortality is lower among moderate drinkers than among abstainers—one study demonstrated that regular moderate alcohol consumption increases life span and quality of life for men up to 80 years of age and for women indefinitely.

In another study of almost 25,000 Americans over age 65, those was said they had between 8 and 14 drinks a week did not differ significantly in their characteristics from drinkers consuming 1 to 7 drinks a week, though it’s important to note that heavier drinkers and binge drinkers did not do as well.

The BU statement concluded that since the absolute effects of moderate drinking on cardiovascular disease are much greater in older people than in younger adults, the current limitations on alcohol intake for the elderly may not be appropriate and attempting to persuade elderly people who currently drink moderately, especially healthy moderate and responsible drinkers, to decrease their current intake may not be advisable or in their best health interests.

If you or a loved one are concerned about the amount of alcohol being consumed, keep a record of daily intake over the course of two weeks and talk to your doctor about the totals and about your quality of life and outlook—moderate drinking can be protective, but if the drinking is heavy and could be masking depression or feelings of isolation, those issues need to be addressed. -Parent giving

 


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Live-In Care | Alcohol Drinking Among People Over 65 Pt. 1

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 Live-In Care | Alcohol Drinking Among People Over 65 Pt. 1

Live-In Care | A recent report from The Royal College of Psychiatrists of London detailed the problems of unrecognized alcohol misuse among the elderly and the importance of identifying and treating seniors misusing alcohol and drugs. Following the report’s release, experts from the Boston University Medical Center offered additional information to present a more comprehensive overview about alcohol intake by the elderly. They point out that in general very elderly people, especially those with chronic diseases, lower muscle mass or a poor diet for instance, may be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol, however they add, in moderation, drinking has benefits that shouldn’t be ignored.

One of the problems in the British report is the recommendation of “sensible limits” for drinking among people over 65 in comparison with younger people. The BU team explains that the International Forum on Alcohol Research scientific reviewers pointed out how difficult it is to come up with guidelines geared only to age since in the over 65 group individuals can vary from marathon runners to very sick, frail people.

It’s important to keep in mind the benefits of moderate drinking. It can play an important role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, diabetes, dementia and osteoporosis. Say the experts at BU, advising healthy people aged 65 years or older who are moderate, responsible drinkers to stop drinking or to markedly reduce their intake would not be in their best health interests, especially in terms of their risk of cardiovascular diseases. Because the risk for cardiovascular diseases notably increases with age, the beneficial or protective effect of light to moderate drinking on cardiovascular diseases is actually greater in the elderly than in younger people. -parent giving

 

 

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Home Care | Skin Cancer Prevention: It’s Never too Late

Home Care | Skin Cancer Prevention: It’s Never too Late

 

Home Care |   Growing older brings health concerns, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but there’s still one risk that we tend to minimize—skin cancer, the most prevalent type of cancer there is. Adding to the worry, dermatologists now warn that men over 50 have an increased risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. And a new survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology found that most men are lax when it comes to proper sun protection and are unsure how to examine their skin for skin cancer.

SKIN CANCER PREVENTION—SURVEY STATISTICS
The Academy conducted an online survey of adults nationwide with these startling results:

  • When in the sun, just 29 percent of men say they always protect their skin, compared with 43 percent of women.
  • 39 percent of men compared to 28 percent of women say they prefer to enjoy sunshine and not worry about what they should do to protect themselves from it.
  • 46 percent feel they knew how to examine their skin for signs of skin cancer, compared with 59 percent of women.

“This survey demonstrates that many men do not protect themselves from the sun when outdoors and that some still believe that sun exposure is good for their health. This is a very troubling combination in light of the fact that the major risk factor for melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet light,” said board-certified dermatologist Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, FAAD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Brown University School of Medicine. “Men need to examine their skin and see a dermatologist if they spot anything changing, bleeding or growing.

SKIN CANCER PREVENTION—KNOW THE FACTS

  • More than 3.5 million skin cancer cases affecting 2 million people are diagnosed annually.
  • It is estimated that there will be about 131,810 new cases of melanoma in 2012—55,560 noninvasive (in situ) and 76,250 invasive (44,250 men and 32,000 women).
  • Caucasians and men older than 50 are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population.
  • Although before age 40 melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than in men, after age 40 rates are almost twice as high in men as in women.
  • The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent. -Parent giving

 

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Home Health Care | Health Tip: 6 Steps for Healthy Aging

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Home Health Care | Health Tip: 6 Steps for Healthy Aging

Home Health Care  |  Longer life spans and aging baby boomers will combine to double the population of older Americans to about 72 million by 2030. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes continue to be the leading causes of death among older adults. While some risk factors are unavoidable, you can counter many others with simple lifestyle changes.

The latest State of Aging and Health in America 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Dept of Health and Human Services provides a snapshot of our progress in promoting prevention, improving the health and well-being of older adults, and reducing behaviors that contribute to premature death and disability by looking at 15 key health indicators that address health status (physically unhealthy days, frequent mental distress, oral health and disability); health behaviors (physical inactivity, nutrition, obesity and smoking); preventive care and screening (flu and pneumonia vaccine, breast and colorectal cancer screening); and fall injuries for Americans aged 65 years or older. While progress is being made in many areas, not all health goals have been reached. As complex as the problem is, there are health-enhancing steps you can step to ensure a long and healthy life. Many of these steps are inter-related and have a cumulative effect—the more you follow, the greater the benefits. Get started today!

1. Get Screened.
Less than half of men and women aged 65 years or older are up-to-date on preventive services including flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, colorectal cancer screening and mammography for women.

2. Get Vaccinated.
Flu and pneumonia combined represent the seventh leading cause of death among adults 65 years or older, despite the availability of effective vaccines. Older adults should get the flu vaccine every year and get the pneumonia vaccine at least once. Don’t have a doctor visit coming up? You can get a flu shot at most chain pharmacies.

3. Be More Physically Active.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for health. Physical activity can prevent many of the health problems that may come with age, including lowering the risk of falls. Get up and get walking—use a pedometer to track steps and note progress. Talk to your doctor about other forms of fitness appropriate for your abilities.

4. Eat Fruits and Vegetables Daily.
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancers and chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and dozens of micronutrients that are important for good health—and that you often can’t get from a daily vitamin supplement.  ?Adults aged 65 years or older should eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables daily and in a rainbow of colors—each one indicates a different group of nutrients.

5. Quit Smoking.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. For help quitting, talk to your doctor about a cessation program that includes support. You can also visitwww.smokefree.gov or call 1-800-Quit-Now.

6. Take Medication for High Blood Pressure.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of illness and death among older adults. Of the almost 67 million Americans with high blood pressure, more than half do not have it under control. Patients should take the initiative to monitor their blood pressure between medical visits, take medications as prescribed, tell their doctor about any side effects, and make lifestyle changes, such as eating a low-sodium diet, exercising, and stopping smoking. Taking prescribed medication is important for another no-symptom risk factor, high cholesterol. Remember, just because you can’t feel it doesn’t mean it isn’t damaging your health. Use a pill organizer to help you stay on schedule. -Parent Giving

 

 


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Home Care | Denial: A River Of Problems When Alzheimer’s Strikes

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Home Care | Denial: A River Of Problems When Alzheimer’s Strikes

Home Care |  We are all in denial about something at some point in our lives. The dictionary defines denial as “the refusal to admit the truth or reality.” My favorite definition is “the negation of logic.”

I can definitely appreciate someone not wanting to acknowledge a situation or condition. My own grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease. I admit I didn’t “hear” the diagnosis at first because I didn’t want to. I knew what the writing on the wall spelled. My grandfather and uncle were far from admitting it also, so it was up to me to make sure my grandmother received the best medical care possible and fast. Luckily for me, my uncle faced reality pretty quickly—he is a rocket scientist after all (he really is!). My grandfather’s denial, on the other hand, continues to lead to some major problems and almost led to the loss of my grandmother’s life.

What causes denial? Many things: lack of communication, distance, self-preservation, fear of the unknown and uncertainty about the future. Denial, however, leads to the continuation of a downward spiral and makes the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia even more traumatic and difficult to face.

In any community for the elderly, denial is something we deal with on a daily basis. Our goal is to avert a negative situation for a family dealing with the denial process at home and just beginning to consider assisted living or memory care. We also continue to address denial for a resident on the cusp of needing assisted living or memory care. There was a resident at our community recently who was well loved and happy, but was requiring more care and presenting behaviors that were becoming less and less appropriate for an assisted living environment.

Her safety and dignity were our main concerns. I am not a proponent of forcing a move to a different level of care, but if it is necessary, we need to do our best to have the family “buy in” to the move and make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone. If there is no “buy in,” the other alternative is eviction, which is never something I want to have to do. Appropriate placement is critical to proper care. In this particular case, one of the siblings who lived out of town was the one who was able to convey to his local brothers and sisters that what we were saying was true. Because he didn’t interact with his mother on a daily basis, he was able to be more objective and see what we were seeing. Luckily, this family ultimately listened to us, and a move within our community was made. The transition was smooth, and a positive difference was noticed in the resident literally hours after the move.

In the case of a transition to memory care, the environment in our community is a significant aspect of the benefit. Our memory care neighborhood is a smaller, more manageable space that is easier for someone with dementia to navigate. There are also residents in our memory care that used to be in assisted living, so the person moving might see a friendly and familiar face in the memory care neighborhood. This type of situation helps with continuity and adds value in the community.

Denial at its worst can mean the withholding of treatment or necessary care (outside of a residential home care community).  We so want to “hold on” to mom or dad as we know them. We want them to maintain their independence. We believe we know what’s best for them. However, for someone in denial, their loved one doesn’t get the treatment or care they need and deserve. Their condition worsens, and quality time is actually lost. It is almost cruel to force someone to remain in a situation that is difficult for them to live in. It fosters frustration, anger, potential loss of dignity and dangerous situations.

In caring for a loved one, you almost have to force yourself to step out of the situation to be objective. There are reasons doctors are not allowed to care for their own family members. Where loved ones are concerned, no one wants to admit and see the potential problems. When evaluating what your loved one truly needs, listen to the professionals, in particular the ones that you trust and have shown you that they care. At our community, there is no financial benefit for moving someone to our memory care neighborhood, other than the likelihood that I will be able to care for them longer because the resident is placed appropriately. In fact, the cost could potentially go down at some point because the apartments are smaller in the memory care neighborhood, and the need for escorting is reduced (though not eliminated).

The bottom line is, you must try to be open-minded. Trust the professionals. Listen to what others are saying. There is a good chance you may be doing more harm than good by trying to keep things the way they are and living on the shores of denial. Acceptance is never easy, but it is the loving and right thing to do for everyone. –Parent Giving 

 

 

 

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Live-In Care | 10 Signs A Senior May Need Assistance with Daily Living

Live-In Care | 10 Signs A Senior May Need Assistance with Daily Living

Live-In Care | Thanks in part to medical breakthroughs, Americans are living longer today than ever before. According to the US Census Bureau, people age 65 and older will represent over 18 percent of the population by the year 2030–nearly double that of today. And while a longer life expectancy is certainly something to celebrate, it is not without its challenges. According to the Alliance for Health Reform, 20 percent of seniors are living with 5 or more chronic conditions, seeing an average of 14 different physicians and using about 50 prescriptions every year.

As a result of aging, many seniors will eventually require some level of care and assistance with daily living, but they will find it difficult to ask for help. People value their independence and privacy, and they do not want to be a burden on their family and friends.

If you are concerned your loved one may be struggling unnecessarily, it is better to be proactive and ease into a transition of lifestyle. The following is a list of indicators to help family members and friends quickly assess a loved one’s condition, identify potential areas of concern and make important caregiving decisions:

  1. Medical Condition. A recently diagnose disease, illness or injury could affect your loved one’s ability to function on a daily basis.
  2. Driving. If your loved one’s vision, hearing and/or reflexes are impaired, this may increase their risk for being involved in a car accident.
  3. Food/Nutrition. Take note of your loved one’s diet to ensure they are eating well-balanced meals and maintaining a steady weight. Is the food in the refrigerator within its expiration dates?
  4. Hygiene. Take note of your loved one’s overall appearance, smell and ability to wear suitable clothing for the weather. Are the bed linens, bath towels and laundry clean?
  5. Behavior. Is your loved one anxious, irritable or depressed? Do they have difficulty remembering names, places and current events?
  6. Daily Tasks. Are basic tasks, such as going grocery shopping and preparing meals, becoming overly challenging or time-consuming for your loved one?
  7. Medication. Is your loved one able to manage his or her medications properly including dosage, frequency and changes to prescriptions? Are prescriptions being refilled in a timely fashion?
  8. Finances. Is your loved one able to manage his or her personal finances, pay bills and balance the checkbook?
  9. Mail. Is the mail stacking up? Do you see past due or delinquency notices?
  10. Safety. Does your loved one remember to turn off appliances and extinguish candles or cigarettes? Does he or she keep the doors and windows locked?

If you have any concerns, even with one issue, it may be time to take a more active role in your loved one’s life. Trust your instincts. Begin by sharing your concerns with your loved in a respectful, non-threatening manner. Let them know your intent is to understand and respect his or her wishes while ensuring safety and comfort. Then, explore your options.

Often there are simple things you can do to provide assistance with daily living. You may consider hiring a home care agency, such as Home Helpers, to provide assistance with daily activities a few days a week. Choose an agency that offers care plans customized to your loved one’s needs. Make certain the home care agency meets all state standards and that its caregivers are employees, not subcontractors, who have been thoroughly screened and appropriately trained and insured.

If your loved requires more assistance, it may be beneficial to explore independent and assisted living communities, as well as skilled nursing facilities. As you deem it appropriate, seek advice from a health care professional. To help you and your family to feel more comfortable and confident in your caregiving decisions, I suggest joining a community support group and networking with other families who are dealing with similar issues -parent giving


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Live-In Care | Food For Better Brain Function: It Starts With Fish!

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Live-In Care | Food For Better Brain Function: It Starts With Fish!

Live-In Care |  The Question: Does what we eat affect brain function? ??
The Verdict: Many scientists believe that eating healthily may be as good for the brain as it is for the body—but figuring out what is the best “brain food” is still a matter of research. So far, fish seems to top the list.??
The Evidence
Fish studies have started finding some evidence. A 2005 study published in the Archives of Neurology showed that normally aging people who ate fish once a week experienced a 10 percent slower decline on cognitive tests. A previous study in the same journal concluded that people 65 and older who consumed fish once per week or more had 60 percent less risk of Alzheimer disease compared with those who rarely or never ate ?sh. Some scientists think the omega-3 fatty acids in ?sh make it brain healthy by reducing in?ammation. This evidence is not yet conclusive, but suggests a possible connection.

Over the last several years, vitamins have been the central focus of several studies about brain health. These studies have con?icting results. Some studies have suggested that getting enough folate and vitamins B6 and B12 can stave off decline and dementia. Yet a more recent study has shown that too much folate can increase the risk of cognitive decline. While some studies suggest that antioxidants, especially vitamins E and C, can combat the oxidative stress of older brains, others show that consumption of these vitamins makes no difference.

In terms of other foods and supplements, such as green tea, gingko biloba, blueberries, spinach, apple juic and garlic, the benefits for cognitive health of these foods and others are continuing subjects of scientific study. Read below for tips from one of the top live-in care facilities Boca Raton has to offer.

Finding Brain Healthy Recipes

Good nutrition is an essential part of brain fitness. Posit Science, developers of brain fitness software, recognized this and has created a great section on its website devoted to recipes featuring foods that contain nutrients—like antioxidants, flavanols and omega-3 fatty acids—that research shows can boost memory and alertness and have other benefits for brain health.
Each day of the week has a menu that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack—that’s 28 brain healthy recipes plus five new delicious recipes to keep you full each week. You can download them atwww.positscience.com/human-brain/brain-fitness/brain-healthy-recipes and make this week—or any week—good for your taste buds and your brain.

Another great source of recipes is the new book, Thinkfood: Recipes for Brain Fitness, featuring 50 brain healthy recipes created by food bloggers in conjunction with Posit Science. Here’s a delicious sample to get you started.

Garlic Salmon Over Spinach
Ingredients
Serves 4
4 4-ounce salmon filets
2 tablespoons butter
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
6 ounces fresh spinach

Preparation
1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Stir in 4 cloves of minced garlic.
3. Sprinkle salmon filets on both sides with lemon pepper seasoning.
4. Place the salmon in the pan and cook on both sides, approximately 3 minutes per side, until fish flakes when tested with a fork.
5. Meanwhile, steam fresh spinach for approximately 4 minutes or until tender.
6. Toss spinach with remaining 2 cloves of minced garlic.
7. Serve the salmon filets over the spinach.

Brain-healthy foods in this recipe
Salmon is chock-full of DHA, the omega-3 fatty acid with the most evidence for brain benefits. Almost any salmon is a good choice for the brain, not just because of high good-for-you DHA levels but also because of relatively low levels of bad-for-you mercury. Wild salmon is probably a better choice than farmed salmon, due to lower levels of PCBs. Spinach and garlic may add to the brain benefits of this recipe.

Tip: Leftover salmon does not have to go to waste. Try adding any leftovers to scrambled eggs along with sautéed onions, green peppers, and grated Swiss cheese for a delicious breakfast the next morning! -parent giving

 

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