Pomegranate Compound May Slow The Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Pomegranate Alzheimer’s DiseaseCurrently, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million American’s and globally there are over 40 million people suffering from dementia. It has been said that over 40 million people will be affected with the diseases by the year 2050.

Dr. Olajid and his co-researchers have discovered a compound in pomegranate called punicalagin that may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s diseases. Punicalagin is a polyphenol which is a chemical compound that may help reduce the inflammation that goes along with illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Olajid has stated that most of the anti-oxidants compounds are found in the outer skin of the pomegranate and not in the soft part of the fruit. Also, he mentioned even though this hasn’t been fully scientifically evaluated as of yet, pomegranate will be useful in any condition for which inflammation has occurred.

While there still isn’t a cure for the disease, there is strong belief that punicalagin in pomegranate could help prevent or slow down development.

The University of Huddersfield in the U.K. have started a new phase of the research to explore new drugs that can use this compound to treat neuro-inflammation.  They are also still working on the exact amounts of pomegranate that will be required to make this fully effective.

Almost everything we know about Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered in the past 15 years but there is yet to be a cure. Currently, doctors are prescribing western medicines to help treat and subside the symptoms and slowing down the progression of the disease.

Dr. Olajid specializes in the study of herbs and other natural products. He attributes his interests in natural healthcare to his childhood. “African mothers normally treat sick children with natural substances such as herbs. My mum certainly used a lot of those substances.” Said Dr. Olajide. “And then I went on to study pharmacology!”

Dr. Olajid received his PhD from University of Ibadan and then lead off to investigate into the anti-inflammatory properties of natural products. Beside him was four PhD students from the Department of Pharmacy who helped him discover that punicalagin was the ticket to slowing down inflammation in the brain cells.

 

 

Nursing Homes: Everything You Need To Know – Part 2

Nursing HomesFinding a nursing home for you or a loved one isn’t an easy process. As we discussed in Nursing Homes: Everything You Need To Know – Part 1, you will need to take your time and know exactly what a nursing home is and find which one is the best fit for you or your loved one.

In part 2, we are going to discuss how to break down the searching process and skim through the different nursing home options that you will have.

Find a vareity of nursing homes

As mentioned before, finding the right nursing home isn’t an overnight process or a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. During this process, you should learn as much information as possible about each nursing home you come across and then use the information to help narrow down your final choices.

Obtain as many referrals as possible. More than likely, you will have family or friends who have made the decision about long term care or know some who has. Ask friends, family and coworkers if they know any places that they would recommend. Ask them as many questions as possible to get their honest opinion. Let them know your situation and what type of place you are looking for. You may be surprised by how much information and reviews you can gather during this process.

Educate yourself with online resources. We all know the Internet is a customers best friend. The Internet is chuck full of reviews about products and services, but did you know there are places that you can read reviews about senior care options such as nursing homes? Care Compare is a great place to get these reviews and information about local nursing homes. It’s important to read through these reviews and get a better understanding about how others view the nursing homes you are looking into.

Take yours or your loved ones medical needs into consideration. This is very important because not all nursing homes care for the same type of illnesses or conditions. Some may specialize is Alzheimer’s disease while another one might only offer care for people who need minimal medical supervision and little assistance.

Factor in distance. When you place a loved one into a nursing home, you don’t want them to feel alone. When looking at nursing homes, it’s important that you try to find local options, that are easy for friends and family to visit. When family and friends are local, it will make the resident in the nursing home feel more secure and safe, as well.

Plan a visit to each of the nursing homes, before making your decision. It’s very important to make sure you visit a nursing home before placing your loved one in their care. We recommend visiting the nursing home at least twice, at different times of days.

It’s important to know that many nursing homes may have alarms or areas that are restricted to outside guest with out a pass to enter. This is for the safety of the residents. Some residents may wonder and they need to have areas closed for their safety and protection.

What to look for when you visit a nursing home

Cleanliness. The halls and rooms should be free of any clutter. The odor should be very minimal and free of any urine odors. Also, be on the look out for any smells of strong deodorizers because this may be used to mask those odors.

• Food. Find out what types of foods are served and the times of days the residents have access to meals. Do the meals look healthy and nutritious and do they look like something you or your loved one would enjoy eating?

• Layout of the nursing home. Most nursing homes are laid out about the same, with a nursing station in a central location and the rooms out in different wings. The difference between most nursing homes is how homely of a feel it gives their residents and guests. When you walk in, you should instantly feel that feeling of being at home and cozy. Their should be plants, art work and other decoration to help make the residents feel at home.

• Activities. It’s important for the nursing home to offer social activities for their residents. This could be bingo, arts and crafts, outside activities, social hour, book clubs…etc. Some nursing homes offer their residents options to go out and about. For example trips to stores, sporting events and concerts. Of course, outside activities depends if the resident is physically and mentally able to do so.

• Specialized in any conditions. If your parent is suffering from Alzheimer’s, you should look for a nursing home that specializes in Alzheimer’s disease. Facilities that specialize in different diseases and medical conditions will be the best fit for your loved one if they are suffering thought it, as well.

In part 3 of Nursing Homes: Everything You Need To Know, we will discuss how to handle the emotions of moving into a nursing home and how to over ease the transition.

Nursing Homes: Everything You Need To Know – Part 1

Nursing HomesAs the population ages, we are all faced with the decision to either place our loved ones in a nursing home, convalescent home or search out alternative options. This decision may come about all of a sudden after an illness that lead your loved one into the hospital or this could be a decision that you will want to be well prepared for in the future.

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home can be a very stressful and emotional situation. This is mostly because of the misconceptions about nursing homes and negative media attention we all hear on a regular basis. While there are some nursing homes that aren’t the best, there is plenty that can be a wonderful home for your loved one.

What Are Nursing Homes?

Nursing homes are usually the top level of nursing care for older or disabled adults, outside of a hospital. Nursing homes offer nursing staff, both nurses and aides, 24/7. Most nursing homes depending on the level of care will have either an LPN or an RN on staff at all times, if not both at the same time. Each state has their own set of laws, so it’s important to check with your state to find out the ratio and mandatory number of nurses to be on staff at any given time.

Nursing homes provide custodial care such as providing assistance with bathing, feeding, dressing and toileting. Depending on the nursing home, they may offer more extensive care for residents who require more medical attention or services. Nursing homes also have other skilled professionals on site during the day. These types of professionals include occupational or physical therapists, care workers and dietitians.

Living arrangements in nursing homes

The living arrangement that your loved one will be faced with will vary depending on the nursing home that you select. Some nursing homes offer private rooms that include a bed, seating for the resident and their family members as well as a dresser and a closet. Each room would also have their own private restroom that may or may not have a private shower.

The most popular and cost-effective living arrangement in nursing homes is shared rooms. These are rooms that two residents would share. They would each have their own bed, dresser and or closet and a chair for guest or themselves to sit in. Shared rooms usually have one bathroom that both residents will share and sometimes there will be a shower in the bathroom. Most places will have a shower room that is separate from the room and is shared with other residents in the hall or wing.

Typically, nursing homes will split their facility up into different sections. There may be a wing that is for residents suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, a wing for residents who only need minimal assistance, but need 24/7 monitoring and other wings for different medical conditions. Each nursing home is different and you need to make sure you find one that will cater your loved ones individual needs.

Dinning areas are usually placed in the middle of the facility to make it easier for every resident has access to it. While residents are allowed to eat in their rooms in many nursing homes, it’s highly encouraged that every resident who is physically able to, joins the other residents in the dinning room for their meal. This is a chance for the residents to be social and engage with their peers. There will be at least 2 food choices for the resident to choose from at each meal. Typically, there is a calendar posted for the residents to review beforehand.

When should you, consider looking into nursing homes?

Looking into nursing homes is something that is better done sooner than later. The reason why is because you want to have time to research and become aware of your options. When a tragedy hits and we are rushed into making a decision quickly, we may find ourselves not making the right decision and regretting the choice we made.

Choosing a nursing home is not an easy process and there can be a lot of emotion throughout the process. It’s important to take a few questions into consideration before making your final choice.

Has the senior been fully assessed recently? If your loved one is being placed into a nursing home after being hospitalized, an assessment has more than likely already been properly completed. If this is a decision that you and your loved one are starting to consider, it’s important that you have their primary doctor do an assessment and make sure you know what direction is the best to take when looking into nursing homes.

Would living in a nursing home be temporary or permanent? This is an important question to ask yourself because you want to make sure your loved one is being placed somewhere where they will be comfortable for either a short period of time or permanently. As for cost-effective methods, you will want to make sure their will be enough money to pay for the care for long-term.

Will their be enough support for the senior? Different nursing homes can come with different levels of care. It’s important to make sure the nursing home you choose will be able to match and exceed those needs. Your loved one may need more care later on and you will want to make sure they will be able to receive it without having to go through the stress of being moved to another facility.

Stay tuned for Nursing Homes: Everything You Need To Know – Part 2

Videos To Help Explain Dementia To Children

Dementia is a difficult topic to explain to anyone, let alone a child. There are over 16 million people suffering from dementia and the numbers are growing every day. This means there are millions of children who are having a hard time understanding why their grandparents are forgetting who they are, where they came from and why grandma or grandpa are always confused.

Luckily, there are several videos that have been created to help explain dementia to children and help them better understand. Below we have shared some of our favorite videos that we believe your little ones to enjoy and learn from.

1. The Braincell Boogie

This is a fun video that gives your child the chance to learn about dementia while enjoying a musical at the same time. When explaining dementia to a child, it’s important to keep it light as possible and combine information that they will enjoy and learn from.

2. Nemo Dementia

One of the most loved children’s movies is Nemo. In this movie there is a seen between Marlin and Dori that gives a perfect example about dementia. Once your child watches this clip and you explain to them about dementia, they will have a better understanding about the disease..

3. Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?

Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am, is a documentary that explains dementia through the eyes of a child. You and your child will learn about dementia and how to handle it when your loved one is battling through the disease.

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5 Brain Boosters for Seniors

Brain Boosters for SeniorsThe risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and dementia increases greatly as you grow older. It has been projected that by 2050, about 16 million people sill suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This is why It’s very important to find ways to keep your brain and memory sharp for as long as possible. The brain booster activities listed below have been proven to help keep the brain active and healthy as well as help us understand information more clearer.

5 brain boosters for seniors to help keep their minds strong and active

1. Be Social

Studies have shown that seniors who are more social, have strong and healthy minds, as well as longer and more active lives. There is numerous activities or hobbies that will create a social environment such as joining a book club, traveling club, enjoy coffee with friends or family and the list can go on and on.

No matter what activities you take part in, you will need to think, plan, talk and more than likely laugh a bit too. The best thing about being social is that it will add more joy into your life.

2. Play Games

Playing games such as puzzles, crossword puzzles, scramble, Sudoku or other games will help keep your mind active and strong. Playing multi-player games with friends and family will also add in social interaction and that will increase your brain activity.

3. Get Up And Get Going!

When you exercise regularly, your mind will stay active. It’s important that seniors don’t spend too much time sitting around and doing nothing because their brain will slow down and it will be harder for them to get going later. Exercises that are great for seniors is walking, running (if they are physically able), yoga (in chair yoga is fine), swimming and aerobics. Most senior citizen centers have exercise activities that seniors can come and exercise with a group of their peers.

4. Feed Your Brain

Eating the proper diet will increase your brain activity. Eating a well-balanced diet that includes low-fat proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits are the best to fill up on. These foods will give your brain and the rest of your body the nutrients it needs to stay strong and functioning at its highest potential. Keep high saturated fatty, sugary and processed foods out of your diet, as much as possible. The rule of thumb is try to make sure 75% of your diet is healthy and real food.

5. Never Stop Learning

The brain needs to be constantly learning new information. No matter what your age is, there is always new information that you can learn. Many colleges and universities have special programs or financial assistance for seniors to continue their education.

You could challenge your brain by learning a new language or learning how to dance. No matter what you learn, you will be allowing your brain to create new pathways for your nerves to travel. This is great because you may have some clogged paths that could lead to memory loss.

10 Tips To Help Caregivers Overcome Stress

caregiver overcome stressIt’s no secret that being a caregiver is a stressful job, no matter if you’re doing it as a professional or for a loved one. This is why it’s important to maintain balance between care giving and your personal life. No matter if you’re the only caregiver or you have help, you need to make sure you’re getting the time you need to recharge. Below is some tips that will help you overcome stress and make your care giver job a bit easier to cope with.

1. Take time for yourself

This is by far the most important tip or advice you can receive. Even if it’s only 30 minutes to take a nap, that 30 minutes can help recharge your mind and body. If the person you’re caring for has a visitor or family over, ask if it’s ok it you go take a quick nap. Most families will understand that you’re tiered and will give you a bit of time to yourself.

2. Exercise on a regular basis

Exercising at least 30 minutes every day will help caregivers overcome stress. There is no need to join a gym and go there everyday. We all know as caregivers that finding another 30 minutes in your day can be hard enough, excpescally if you have to drive to the gym. Going for a brisk walk, or doing some simple exercises like jumping jacks and crunches can work.

3. Ask for help

There is nothing wrong with asking other people for help. You can’t push yourself to the limit and expect to perform the best. Asking family and friends for help can help you get the time you need for yourself.

4. Take a break

Taking a break is a good thing for you and the person you’re caring for. Both of you may need some time to yourself or the company of another person. Plus, this will give you some time to handle your own business and let you relax.

5. Eat a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet can help your body and mind stay strong. When you eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, your body will be able to handle stress better. It’s better to stay away from high sugary diets and diets that are high in saturated fats.

6. Stay hydrated

Drinking water is essential to keeping stress at bay. Stress can wear out our bodies and if our bodies don’t have enough water, it has to work harder to get over the stress. Make sure you get at least 8 glasses of water every day.

7. Get organized

Getting your personal and care giving life organized is essential to keeping stress low. When you’re organized, you won’t have to worry about missing important dates, medication reminders or where important items are.

8. Learn to say no

Learning to say no can help lower your stress levels dramatically. Sometimes the person we’re caring for, family or friends can become very demanding. There are certain times that we must learn to just say no. This is not to be mean, but to help us keep our stress level low.

9. Find a hobby

Finding a hobby that you can do during your down time can be a great way to overcome stress. It can be as simple as putting together puzzles or even sewing. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that you enjoy.

10. Stay positive

Staying positive is very important in every aspect of your life. When you stay positive, you will have a better outlook on your life. Also, when you deal with life’s problems, staying positive can rub off on other people. If you can help the person you’re caring for remain positive, they will also benefit from it.

How to Detect Elder Abuse

Elderly abuseElder abuse is any harmful act intentionally or not, knowing or negligent against a person 60 years or older. Elder abuse is more common than one may believe and happens on a daily basis. Older people are often victim of elder abuse because they may not be able to care for themselves and must depend on someone else to provide assistance in their daily activities. Elder abuse can a happen to both women and men and it can be loved ones or close friends that are abusing the person.

All 50 states have passed some type of law that projects seniors from abuse. Each of the laws differs from one another and may have different definitions, but here are some of the definitions in a broader form:

Physical Abuse: Causing pain or injury to a senior such as hitting, bruising, slapping or restraining.
Sexual Abuse: Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
Neglect: Failure to provide food, shelter, medical attention or protection to a senior in their care.
Emotional Abuse: Causing mental pain, anguish or distress to an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts.
Exploitation: Illegally taking, misusing or concealment of funds, property or assets of a senior.
Abandonment: Deserting a senior that has taken the responsibility to care for the elderly person.
Self neglect: Failure to perform essential and self care tasks that threaten the persons health or safety.

Signs of elder abuse

There are many different signs of elder abuse, including the ones listed above, but sometimes there are other signs to look out for. Sometimes abuse can be mistaken for signs of dementia. The caregiver that is abusing the elder may try to convince others they are just having a bad day or it must be part of their attitude since they’re getting older. This may not be the case.

Frequent arguing and tension between the elderly person and the caregiver.

When abuse is going on there will be typically more tension between the two people. If you are noticing this going on, it’s the best to step in and say you will take or the care giving role. The stress behind care giving could be causing the tension, but it could also be abused and you will need to put a stop to it now.

Changes in personality and mood in the elderly person.

Talk to the elderly person about their feelings and ask them if there is anything that you could do to try and help. More times than often, if they are scared, they won’t want to speak up about the abuse because they’re afraid of the abuser. If this is the case, it’s your job to find out and put a stop to it immediately.

Prevent elder abuse

To prevent elder abuse you need to do three things:

Listen to both the senior and the caregiver.
Intervene when you suspect elder abuse.
Educate others about the signs and how to prevent elder abuse.

If you’re looking for help, don’t be afraid to ask family, friends and medical professionals. Many people have been in your shoes and know how hard it is to care for an elderly person. Caring for a loved one can be a very overwhelming job and sometimes you just need to have break to clear your mind and recharge. There is nothing wrong with that, but it’s important that you learn to walk away before hitting your breaking point.

If you’re suspecting elder abuse, call 911 immediately or call your states elder abuse hotline.

5 Food Services For Seniors

Food programs for seniorsWhen your parents live far away or they can’t regularly cook for themselves, there are wonderful alternatives to help make sure they’re getting healthy meals when needed. The 5 options we have listed below are served across the United States and have multiple locations. Also, each has options that can be tailored for your parents diet requirements. The only difference is that some offer delivery, either fresh or frozen while others need to be picked up from a local senior center.

Convenient food services for seniors:

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is one of the most oldest and largest senior food providers in the nation. They offer meals prepared and delivered to the senior. This is an umbrella organization that is composed of 5,000 different nutritional programs across America.

The cost of Meals on Wheels varies depending on your local branch. There is financial assistance available for those who qualify through individual Meals on Wheels programs. For more information, visit http://www.mowaa.org/

Personal Chef To Go

Personal Chef To Go is an international gourmet meal services that is delivered to the door of many seniors across the United States. Each meal delivered is fresh and healthy. Personal Chef To Go has multiple different menu options including busy singles, lunch and dinner, dinner only, couples on the go and family favorites. Their food is always rush shipped fresh and never frozen.

The cost for Chef To Go starts off at $69.50 per week. To get started you will pick a meal plan and how frequently you would like your items sent to you. Then select your 1st delivery date and then place your order. For more information, visit http://www.cheftogo.com.

Magickitchen.com

Magic Kitchen is a frozen prepared meal that is delivered nationwide. They offer a large range of diet options including diet plans that are tailored for diabetics and easy to reheat meals for seniors. On top of the meal plans, they also offer deserts, side dishes and breads.

The cost for Magic Kitchen varies depending on the items and meal options you select. For more information, visit http://www.Magickitchen.com

Senior Centers

Many senior centers throughout many different communities offer meal preparation for senior citizens at either low-cost or sometimes free. Most of the time, the meals will be need to be picked up or the senior can eat the meal at the senior center. Our suggestion would be to call different senior centers in your area to find out if this option is available.

Personal Chef

If your budget fits it, a personal chef is a great option for meal preparation for seniors. Depending on the location and experience of the personal chef, the price could vary greatly. The chef would be able to prepare meals that are fresh or easy to reheat. They could offer a meal plans that can be tailored around special diet requests.

7 Ways To Prevent Falls At Home

7 Ways To Prevent Falls At HomeIt’s estimated that nearly 8 million falls occur inside of the home every year and a large number of them are elderly people. This number could be cut down drastically if the proper measures are taken to prevent falls from happening.The tips below are not only helpful but they are a necessity for the safety of your aging parents. If you have any additional tips, make sure to leave them on our comments section on Facebook.

Prevent falls at home by following these simple 7 suggestions

Install hand rails:

Places such as stairs, bathtub / shower and the toilet areas are common places for seniors to slip and fall. The best way to prevent these types of falls, is to install hand rails or handle bars. The rails and bars should have non -slip grips that will help the senior from loosing grip on the bar when their hands are wet. Before installing hand rails, make sure to get the proper size for the area and learn where to have it installed.

Have proper lighting installed:

As we age, our eyesight tends to get weaker and we don’t see as well in low dimmed lighting. It’s important to have clean and clear lighting throughout the home. Having floor lamps is not a good idea because it can cause another fall risk due to another item being close or in the way of the persons walking path. We recommend table lamps that are sturdy and can be researched easily by the person.

Clean up clutter:

Clutter is a huge problem for many seniors because they tend to like to hold on to everything because the memories that come along with it. If your aging parent has many items that they really want to keep, try to install shelves, or place items that are not used regularly in boxes and store them in closets. Make sure to keep an eye on your parents so they don’t try to remove the boxes and later hurt themselves.

Avoid loose clothing:

Most of the day your aging parent may want to just spend their day relaxing in their favorite chair, so comfy clothes are necessary. It’s important to make sure their comfy and everyday clothes are not too loose. If their pants are too long or maybe your mother’s gown is too long or loose, she could get tangled or trip over her gown. It’s the best to make sure pants and gowns are right at the top on the ankle, for safety.

Avoid stairs:

Avoiding stairs is very important since they tend to be a place that seniors typically have the most issues with. As we age, out eye sight depth can change drastically and it’s harder for them to see how big the step may be. It’s the best to have your parents living in a single story home and if they have a washer and dryer, it should be placed on the first floor. If there are stairs outside of the door or a step down anywhere in the home, make sure to have hand rail installed to ensure safety.

Wear non-slip shoes:

Wearing shoes is very important for the elderly. There are many different types of non-slip shoes that are made for senior citizens who are at risk of falling. The shoes need to fit properly, not being too loose or too tight. It’s the best to have shoes with Velcro so they don’t have to worry about their shoe laces becoming untied or tangled.

Make repairs were needed:

When you notice that something is installed incorrectly or needs to be repaired, make sure to have it repaired as soon as possible. Also, until the area is fixed, have your parents stay clear of that area for their safety.

How to Explain Alzheimer’s and Dementia Behavior to Young Children

Young Children Alzheimer’s It’s pure agony for anybody whenever a loved one is dealing with an illness like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, especially for the young ones. They start to doubt their relationship with their grandparents.

Different children will react to people with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia differently. Some children might find it difficult to sleep, have nightmares or develop inappropriate behavior. If the children are intensely attached to their grandparents or elderly, it might even affect their schoolwork or social lives. It is best to have a word with their school teacher or school staff so that they are able to understand and help the children.

A child could either retreat or face the problem head on. They might just totally avoid the person who has Dementia or Alzheimer’s by hiding behind school or friends. They may be afraid to confront the situation because it’s confusing and they are left feeling unsure. On the other hand, they could try to help. It is good when children want to help take care of a person but once it starts to get in the way of their own responsibilities, it becomes a problem. The key word here is balance.

Dementia is hard to explain to young persons. Even if it is normal for children to avoid complicated situations it is always better to make them aware of what is happening.

Children are well aware of situations affecting them regardless of the fact whether they are confusing or not. If adults explain the situation thoroughly, the children will comprehend the problems and become more tolerant and empathetic towards them. Tell the child that it isn’t their fault and that it is an illness. Telling them how to cope is not enough. Setting an example on how to deal with such situations is invaluable in teaching them how to be tolerant and accepting during the management of distressing emotions.

The important thing here is to be honest to your children about the situation and reassure that it is an illness which has to be accepted as a part of life. Take into account the child’s age while explaining Dementia and Alzheimer’s so that they understand it well. Let them know it is okay to ask questions and to share their feelings about Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia.

How to Break Alzheimer’s and Dementia Down To Your Kids

Explain what Dementia or Alzheimer’s is to your child calmly and in words that they can understand. Getting too technical will bore them and too much simplicity makes the illness look black and white.

Give as many examples as possible of what they can expect. Tell them about people with Dementia who keep on forgetting they made a cup of coffee or go to bed while wearing their shoes.

Patience is a virtue. You might end up explaining it several times over so keep calm and explain it again.

Encourage your child to ask many questions. The more they know, the more they’ll understand.

Give them comfort if they’re saddened by the situation and reassure them that they did not do anything to cause the illness.