How to Care For Someone with Alzheimer’s


Alzheimer's
If you’ve recently found out your loved one has Alzheimer’s, there are a million questions now racing through your mind. You have no experience in taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s, so where do you begin? Read on for a few simple tips on how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Remember, When One Sense is Lost, Another Takes Precedence

Dealing with Alzheimer’s is difficult for you and your loved one. There are going to be physical and emotional functions they will no longer be capable of controlling. As you and your loved one may want to give up, remember, just as one’s hearing seems to improve when they lose sight, they will gain other capabilities. Don’t let one loss bring down your loved one. Find alternative ways to do things. They should not be left out of family gatherings or duties from around the home. Try to keep them in their normal routines.

Communication

Truthfully, communication with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s is difficult from the moment you hear the news. If you’ve never dealt with an Alzheimer’s patient, you don’t know what to expect. How do you break the news to them and your family? What do you do when they stop understanding and following along with what you are saying?

Remember, it’s not that they don’t know the words. So please don’t talk to them like you would to a child. You also should never yell at them. Instead, speak in a calm and reassuring tone. When engaging in conversation, it’s best to do so with minimal distractions around.

Turning off the television will help them focus on just you two. State their name often to keep their attention during the conversation. Speak slowly and directly towards them. Make your sentences short so that they don’t have too much information to process at once. Then, allow them to respond to your comments or questions.

Bathing

Often you will feel as though you’re taking care of a child. However, the bathing process between a child and senior are surely different. You are dealing with someone stronger and more headstrong willed than a child. If they don’t’ want to bathe, it could be because it’s confusing or frightening. So your best step is to prepare them for the experience.

You’ll find that consistency goes a long way with Alzheimer’s patients. Create a bath or shower schedule and stick to it. Before you start to do anything, inform them of your actions. So if it’s starting the water, washing their back, or grabbing the towel from the bar, let them know.

Bring all the essentials into the bathroom with you. This way you don’t need to go in and out of the bathroom. The more organized you are the calmer they will be.

Dressing

Dressing a person with Alzheimer’s can present a challenge as well, however, if done right, it can be an easy task. The key to dressing an Alzheimer’s patient is to dress them comfortably. This is also an opportunity for them to feel secure and in charge about their lives. They can make a decision about themselves, from the undergarments they wear to the shoes on their feet.

Again, have a consistent schedule and process together for them to put their clothing on for the day or night. At the beginning of the week, place several outfits out into a section of the closet. This will be the clothing you expect them to wear, yet give them the opportunity to select it for the day. If you find they have favorite clothing items, perhaps a particular shirt, buy multiples. It will definitely relieve the stress from you needing to wash three or four times a week to ensure it’s clean each day.

If you find they are more upset if they aren’t able to dress themselves on their own, be mindful of the attire you set out for them. For example, clothing with lots of buttons, zippers, and strings can be frustrating for them. Opt for clothing with little to none. Velcro and elastic waist banded clothing is every caretaker’s friend.

Also, make sure you allow enough time for them to get dressed. Trying to rush them will frustrate them, and it could spiral to other unfortunate behaviors throughout your day.

Eating

If there’s ever a time to need patience with a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s, it’s during mealtime. Some seniors want to eat all day while others don’t want to eat at all. You’ll need to find ways to balance their diets. Your loved one may enjoy watching television during this time. However, it’s a distraction and will make the process that much harder and longer.

Alzheimer’s Diet: Foods You Need To Remember To Eat

Work out a deal with them and offer frequent reminders. Tell them you both will watch a particular television show once they’ve finished eating. This helps them focus on eating, chewing, and holding their utensils correctly.

Be sure to have a variety of choices available. For instance, if you prepare an entire meal with meat, potatoes, and vegetables, have a can of soup ready. Do not give them bland food either. If they are on a restricted diet with limited sugar or salt intake, read up and watch cooking television shows to see how you can substitute and offer tasty food. Many foods you can change the food’s texture, flavors, and colors to make your loved one happy.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s just requires patience, understanding, and researching ways to make them comfortable.

Do you know of anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? How did it make you feel the first time you found out? What was something amazing you noticed about their caretaking skills?

 

How Lost Memories Due to Alzheimer’s Could Be Restored

Alzheimer'sAccording to recent information offered from a new UCLA study, those with early Alzheimer’s may not have to say goodbye to their memories forever. In fact, this study stated that lost memories can, in fact, be restored. While decades of information told the public that once the memories were gone, they could not be brought back, this new information announced by researchers offers hope to many.

The study

According to previous information, once a person developed Alzheimer’s disease, they lost their memories due to the loss of connections within the brain cells, which were completely destroyed by the disease. However, this new information offered from researcher involved in the study has said this simply isn’t the case.

While it was previously thought that long-term memories were erased from Alzheimer’s, researchers say that long-term memory isn’t stored in the synapse, which means it cannot be destroyed through the brain changes that occur with Alzheimer’s. This information isn’t only released from an educated guess, but because several research studies were done, and all of the evidence that was examined shows it to be true. It’s believed that the lost synaptic connections can regenerate after they’ve been damaged from the disease, and eventually the memory will come back. Although the researchers did say it won’t be an easy process, it seems to be one that is possible.

The study was done by examining a snail specifically its learning and memory process. They used a series of electric shocks on the snail’s tail area, with a device that could last for several days. This type of shock was used to examine the snail’s long-term memory. If the snail could remember the shocks, its long-term memory was intact. The snail had a brain pattern similar to those with the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s.

Additionally, information on long-term memory was provided by the study. According to the information, the growth of new synaptic connections is cause by serotonin in the brain, which leads to long-term memory. As you go throughout life and form long-term memories, your brain actually creates proteins, which work to make new synapses in the brain. When the brain is subjected to injury, this natural process is altered, causing the long-term memory process to also be disrupted, preventing them from forming.

Read: Will We Have A Cure For Alzheimer’s By 2025?

Memory and Alzheimer’s

One researcher, named Glanzman, said that this research could result in big things for those with Alzheimer’s. He stated that while the disease is known for destroying the synapses in the brain, this doesn’t mean that the long-term memory is destroyed, and with the new information offered from the study, it may mean the exact opposite. While several areas of the brain are needed for different functions, when it comes to long-term memories, as long as there are live neurons within the brain, your brain is able to recover some of your lost memories if not all of them. However, this is only during the early stages of Alzheimer’s, as the neurons do begin to die off as the disease progresses and begins to extend to other areas of the brain. Once the neurons die during the later stages of the disease, the memories are no longer able to be recovered. By promoting memory recollection during the early states, the memories found at this time may be extended in the later stages of Alzheimer’s.

Why You Should Be Following CareCompare on Pinterest

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4 Different Types of Hearing Aids

hearing aidesHearing aids are very useful medical devices, as they work to amplify sound, allowing those with hearing impairments to hear the world around them clearly. While hearing aids share the same idea, along with similar components, they vary in design, in order to meet each patients individual hearing needs. Hearing aids are different in regards to their designs, the technology used in them, and special features present with the device aimed to make it stand out. The hearing aid used by each patient is dependent upon their hearing needs, lifestyle, severity of loss, and their personal preferences.

Hearing aid styles

1. Behind the ear aids: Also known as BTE’s, these devices rest behind the ear, and each component is contained within a plastic outer shell. Many times, these hearing aids are recommended to children, as they can fit many different ears, which often poses a problem among the younger generation. Due to their casing style, they are durable and can be handled without becoming damaged easily.

2. “Mini” BTE aids: Different than the traditional BTE, the mini behind the ear device fits either behind the ear or on the earlobe, and is very small in design, making it hard to detect with the naked eye. Not only is the device small, but the ear plug portion it as well, allowing the device to be worn without the ear feeling plugged which allows for user comfort.

3. In the ear aids: Also known as ITE’s these hearing aids are created within a shell that goes on the outer part of the ear. Some patients have difficulty with wearing the aids inside of their ear, and also handling the small designs of BTE’s. In the ear aids are much larger in size, which allows them to be handled effortlessly.

4. In the canal aids: Also known as ITC or completely in the canal aids, these are the smallest hearing aids, and they fit right within the ear canal. They small size allows the hearing aid to be hidden from plain sight easily, but some people find these aids are too difficult for

Analog and digital hearing aids

While the styles differed, as does their overall function. These two types of hearing aids have the same overall concept, but some patients prefer one style over the other.

Analogs: These hearing aids work along with sound waves in order to boost the sound around you, that is then sent through the device and into your ear canal. Some analog aids offer standing hearing capabilities, while others have a small setting device that allows the patient to adjust their hearing to accommodate different environments. They may be programmed for different environments, allowing them to hear depending on their environment, without any manual changes needed. While these were once very popular, they are becoming less common due to the advancements available with digital hearing aids.

Digital hearing aids: These hearing aids have the same features as analog devices, but rather than programming the devices based on your environment they are able to convent the sound waves from different environments into digital signals that create an exact replica of the sound. These devices are advanced, as they have computer chips in them, which analyze speech and sounds within the environment. Due to the abilities of these hearing aids, they offer more advanced abilities, and can even help those wearing them hear the main sounds within the environment while reducing background noise. These aids can be worn by people with all different levels of hearing loss, as they can be programmed to match different frequencies and patterns of loss, allowing those with even the more severe hearing problems to see improvement.

 

How to Bring Christmas Cheer to Someone in Assisted Living

Christmas is a time of celebration and cheer. However, for some seniors in assisted living, they aren’t too thrilled about this holiday. It may be their first year away from their family, not celebrating at home. For others, they feel an assisted living community is too gloomy to celebrate. You, however, can bring Christmas cheer to someone in assisted living. Check out the following eight ways to do so and take the Scrooge out of Christmas.

1. Take the Time Out to Visit

For the most part, many people feel that a phone call or two is enough to bring the Christmas cheer into a loved one’s life. You can call any day of the year though. One of the main purposes of the Christmas season is giving of your time and self. So take this opportunity to put your loved one on your calendar and go out to visit them. If you know of other family and friends that are too busy to visit, make it a family affair.

2. Become Their Secret Santa

Seniors like surprises too. Imagine them trying to figure out all the clues of who Santa could be this year. Secret Santa is a great way to keep their minds active and bring more joy into this holiday season.

3. Help Decorate Their Room

One of the best ways to get in the mood for the Christmas holiday is to deck the halls or in this case their room. Christmas decorations are bright and cheerful. You can practically have any design or color scheme.

A great way to keep someone in the spirit of things is to decorate their room with holiday objects from their past. So if they have traditional holiday ornaments, hopefully, you still have them. This is a way for them to relive their past holiday moments, ones they can continue to treasure as you bring them back to life. If it may seem too cluttered to do, decorate the inside and outside of their door with some of the following:

• Christmas gift wrap
• Large bows
• Christmas light
• Garland
• Large wreath

 4. Play Holiday Favorites

When it comes to holiday songs, Christmas always comes to mind. So pick up a few holiday CD’s to play and keep them in the mood. Even if they can’t sing, they’ll enjoy hearing the music. It will help relax them. Here’s a list of 15 top Christmas Carols to get you started.

  1. Joy to the World
  2. Silent Night
  3. Holy Night
  4. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  5. Christmas Time is Here
  6. White Christmas
  7. The Christmas Song
  8. Here Comes Santa Claus
  9. Baby It’s Cold Outside
  10. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  11. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  12. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  13. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  14. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  15. Santa Baby

5. Organize Old Photos

In addition to decorating with Christmas décor, bring out old photos. You can create a collage to hang on the wall or make a Christmas photo album. If you have a tree in their room, feel free to hang copies of old photos directly on the branches. They can even wake up each morning and place a new photo on the tree. This is a great way to keep old memories alive.

6. Cook Their Favorite Foods

Who can resist or feel down when Christmas foods are made? Your loved one will appreciate having a home cooked meal or a few snacks that they enjoyed each holiday season. Maybe it’s a family recipe that they miss. You will need to check with the facilities nutritionist regarding the foods they can have. Maybe make a smaller dish, so they aren’t’ tempted to eat too much at a time.

7. Intermingle with Other Residents

If your loved one is celebrating their first Christmas at this assisted living community, you can help them out by intermingling with other residents and staff. By doing this, you are opening a new family for them. The holidays are a great time to bring strangers together. Once they see you mingling with others that will help break down that wall. They’ll now have others to connect with, so things will be a lot easier once you are gone.

8. Join in with the Communities Festivities

Just about every good assisted living community has Christmas festivities going on. Make sure you and your loved one participate. Some activities you’ll find and enjoy include:

• Adopt a senior where children make bring gifts and visit seniors
• Movie showing
• Christmas crafts
• Musical performance
• Shopping trips so seniors can purchase gifts
• Decorating the assisted living community

As you can see, there are many ways to bring Christmas cheer to someone in assisted living. No matter if it’s a new tradition you’re starting or reliving old family traditions, they are going to appreciate it.

What are some of your family Christmas traditions? Are you planning on surprising your loved one in assisted living with any?

Senior Driving Tips That Can Save Your Life

I want to make memories all over theAs seniors fear having cognitive function or blurred vision for their comfort’s sake, another prime reason to fear these issues is that their keen driving abilities have decreased as well. You need to be sharp mentally and physically to hit the road at all times. These two reasons, along with side effects from prescription medications, are the leading three reasons that seniors are in auto accidents.

According to the CDC, “Per mile traveled, fatal crash rates increase starting at age 75 and increase notably after age 80.” So aside from wearing your seatbelt, here we review a few senior driving tips that can save your life and others.

1, Take a Driving Improvement Course

Did you know there were driving improvement courses specifically for seniors? Talk to your insurance agent as they may offer a course or can refer you. These courses are offered online or in a classroom setting. As the technology implemented on cars increases, you’ll learn all the latest driving techniques to handle them. In the end, you may even receive an additional insurance discount. Wouldn’t that be nice?

2. Know What You Are Comfortable Handling

Some seniors feel they always need to prove themselves. It’s either proving to your loved ones that you are in total control or proving to yourself that you are not old as everyone thinks. However, this frame of mind can surely be dangerous.

You should never put yourself in an uncomfortable situation. If you know your eyesight is not as well during thunderstorms or snowstorms, you should opt out of driving at that time. Many young adults have difficulty, so there is no shame in doing so. If you are uncomfortable driving fast and keeping up with traffic, avoid highways and find alternative street routes. Leave early enough to allow yourself plenty of time to get to your appointments.

3. Work With an Occupational Therapy Practitioner

As the founding organization of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) knows how to keep seniors safe while on the road. They strongly believe that through occupational therapy, seniors will be able to learn the skills they need to tackle the roads today.

Typically, you’ll find an occupational therapist at a senior’s home, providing rehabilitation services and helping them move around their home safely. The same holds true with the rules of the road. They can help them find out the necessary tools they need to survive, keeping themselves and others safe.

Read: 4 Cell Phone Plans For Seniors

4. Keep Regularly Scheduled Exams

You should have a close relationship with your physician and eye doctor. It’s important to know you are healthy when getting behind the wheel of a car.

Your physician will help gauge if you are healthy enough to drive. Sometimes seniors have too many issues such as diabetes or blood pressure that cause being behind the wheel too dangerous for themselves and others. It can, of course, be controlled with medications, but you’ll never know unless you visit your doctor.

Your eye doctor will help determine any early signs of cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. They can help you with the perfect eyewear, for daytime and nighttime driving. You need to be able to read all highway and street signs as well as determine traffic-light colors. More than your own life depends on your accuracy.

5. Avoid Taking Medications While Driving

Another thing to consider is taking medications and driving. Even if it does not state it will make you drowsy, take a prescription a few times to see how your body reacts to it.

6. Use Your Mirrors and Signals

There is no excuse to not use your vehicles safety features. For one, make sure you realize, it’s not just you on the road. Use your turning signals to let other travelers know your intentions. Before pulling off each time, ensure your rear and side view mirrors are adjusted well. It’s the little things such as a change of coat or different shoes that can change your normal view.

7. Use Adaptive Equipment When Necessary

There are many changes that affect your body as you age. This in turn can affect your driving skills and mental awareness of your surroundings.

Some impairments can be overcome with a few adaptive equipment pieces. For example, hand controls are available for those who have trouble using the foot pedals. A siren detector is a good tool to have for those whose hearing is not as good as it once was.

This excellent podcast found on the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. website reviews equipment that can make seniors driving safer and more comfortable. Below are a few examples.

• Low effort steering
• Handybar
• OnStar
• Extra or extended mirrors
• Swing-out seat
• Traction control sensors
• Backup camera
• Seat cushions
• Foot pedal extensions

The above seven tips are easy to implement and a great start towards saving your life. Do you have any additional tips you’d like to share?

How to Handle the Death of a Loved One

Don't lose hope. When the sun comesThe death of a loved one is quite possibly one of the most difficult things you will ever experience. Most people find that when a loved one dies, they are met with high levels of grief, and try and find out how to handle the death of a loved one. When you experience the death of a loved one, there’s no easy way to get through the process, but the following tips may help you better cope, allowing the process to be easier on you.

Understanding Grief

One of the first emotions you’ll often experience upon the death of a loved one is grief. According to experts, grief comes in stages, but regardless of the stage you’re in, it’s still just as difficult to cope with. Some people may tell you that you need to move on with your life, or the time has come to let go, but grief can last for many years after the death. In order to go through grief in a healthy way, you need to let your feelings be felt completely. Even if you feel like facing reality will make things harder on you, it will actually benefit you in the long run. You need to feel grief completely, let your emotions take hold, and know that this feeling is completely healthy and natural. The more you allow yourself to feel, the easier it will be for you to move out of the stage of grief and into acceptance. It’d also important to remember that everyone grieves in their one way, and for as long as they need. Don’t try and push yourself through this stage, simply allow it to come naturally.

Connect with others

When you lose someone you love, it’s easy to feel alone, and as if no one in the world understands what you’re going through. However, you’re far from alone. Most people have experienced a death of someone they love in the past, and they can completely relate to your pain. Keeping all of your pain inside will actually cause it to get worse, or possibly suppressed. When your feelings are suppressed, they can come out in different ways, having a negative impact on your life.

You can talk to those close to you, those going through the same loss, or even join support groups that will help you talk to others about your loss in a healthy manner. Each of these routes provides the same benefits.

Read: Hospice Care: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Reduce the physical effects

Grief can lead to high levels of stress, which appear not only in mental ways, but in physical as well. You may feel shaky, have stomach issues, suffer from migraines, and experience similar symptoms as a result of your loss. Using relaxation techniques is the most effective way to cope with the physical effects.

Some people find deep breathing techniques to be effective. You want to take a deep breathe into your nose, hold it for five seconds, and then slowly exhale out of your mouth. This should be done in sets of three to five, and on a daily basis in order to get the best results.

Meditation is another effective technique for ridding your body of stress. Many people think that meditation takes years of practice, but you can actually learn this technique in no time at all. The best way to start is to take deep breathes in a quiet space, and work to clear your mind of all of your thoughts. Whenever you feel a thought some in, recognize it and then let it go.

Taking care of yourself

Because of the feelings that arise when a loved one dies, it’s easy to stop caring for yourself. Many people lose sleep and avoid eating all-together, but these two acts will make it harder for you to recover. It’s important that you try and get as much sleep as possible, and if you’re experiencing difficulty, your doctor may be able to provide you with medication to help you short-term.

Eating healthy is also important. Even if you find eating difficult because of the vast array of feelings you’re going through, snacking throughout the day will provide your body with the nutrition it needs to remain healthy and help you to deal.

Conclusion

While the healing process can be a long one, these tips can make it go smoother for you, and will allow you to eventually move past the loss, and remember your love one with love in your heart.

 

Memory Loss

improve your memoryThere are three main reasons people have memory problems. One is that they’ve been involved in a traumatic event, such as a car accident or shock of losing a loved one. A second issue is falling prey to a disease, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. A third issue is neglecting the brain from further growing. This is done by not interacting or not pushing the brain to focus.

While you may not be able to improve your memory due to a disease or traumatic event, you can stop neglecting your brain. No matter your age, if you’re tired of having “forgetful moments”, read on! Below, we’ll discuss five ways to improve your memory, without chemicals or other unnatural substances.

1. Stop Neglecting Your Brain

Keeping things embedded into your long-term memory is a result of constantly focusing on something. You focus to remember birthdays, how to tie your shoe, the best way to scramble eggs, and the path to get home. However, once something is not important to you, it could cause you to not focus on it, therefore neglecting your brain. You’re not feeding it, nor paying it much attention. To combat that, work on developing your mental skills. Learn something new to challenge your brain and focus on it each day. This helps your short and long term memory stay sharp.

• Learn a new language
• Learn to play a musical instrument or a new song
• Play Sudoku
• Play crossword puzzles

2. Spark New Connections

If you stay inside every day and never leave the house, you tend to do the same activities. You’ll watch television, cook, let the dog out into the backyard, and retire to bed early. You may take a jog in the park, along the same path each day. However, what new connections are you making? You are not fully utilizing your brain. You’re not giving yourself a variety of options.

Read: 7 Secrets to Feeling Young After 50

Now if you were to jog in the park, and veer to the left of the fork of the road, you’d see another aspect of the park. You can focus on the pond, meet another jogger, or discover the path is easier on your legs. You’re breaking your old habits, and not falling into the same routine. Whatever it may be, you’re sparking a new connection, and you will reflect upon it later in life.

3. Reduce Stress

When you are stressed out, it’s hard to concentrate. You may not be able to store information nor retrieve it accurately. Stress hormones are released into your brain, causing an adverse effect on your brain functioning healthy. It targets memory sectors, and you’ll become forgetful. This is where the term “thinking straight” comes from.

4. Eat a Balanced Meal

When a woman is pregnant, she’s instructed early on to eat specific foods to help aid her baby’s brain development. Getting plenty of zinc, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant rich foods, and iron is important in the early stages. These foods all play a role in receiving plenty of oxygen to the brain and better memory and concentration. The same holds true to improve your memory, even as you’ve aged.

5. Get Out and Socialize

Getting out and socializing is an excellent and fun way to improve your memory. You’re keeping your brain busy by communicating both verbally and non-verbally, reasoning, debating, and feeling a sense of purpose. Socializing can be done is so many ways.

• Catch up with an old friend over dinner
• Discuss a book at a book club
• Analyze a mystery show with your grandchildren
• Play cards with friends from work
• Take a casino tour

The above five methods will help improve your memory well without taking a lot of effort on your behalf. They are fun and easy to do. Is there anything you currently do to help improve your memory?

Neurocognitive Disorder

Neurocognitive DisorderThe latest version of the American Psychiatric Association was released, with the term dementia updated. This well-known disorder has been named “major neurocognitive disorder and milk neurocognitive disorder”. While the term changed, this doesn’t affect anyone with this what is formerly known as dementia.

Dementia vs. Neurocognitive Disorder

Not many people know where the word dementia came from, but it arose from the Latin word “mad”. It also means “insane” and there was a lot of stigma around this term, which is the main reason behind the name change. While dementia does effect the brain, it in no means makes the person mad or insane, and by changing the name experts feel they can reduce the stigma that surrounds it.

While the name change seemed like an easy one, according to the APA, Dementia is so well-known and simple to use that they doubt the name change will do much to make people stop calling it by its former name. They believe people will still use the term dementia, however, most health care organizations and professionals will go by, the new name of the minor neurocognitive disorder and major neurocognitive disorder, yet not all of them will go by the new terminology. One example is the Alzheimer’s Association, which uses the term dementia.

Watch: Dementia: A Whole New Prospective

The reason some professionals will stick to the term dementia is because of the meaning for them behind the term. This term refers to various aspects of the condition, each that are caused by different factors. When someone suffers from dementia, they are not suffering from a single disease, but a variety of symptoms that make up the disease. These symptoms effect thinking, memory, and reasoning, three areas of importance for an individual’s overall safety.

This condition is also unique it its action. Sometimes it can be reversed, while other times this condition is non-reversible, and will get worse as time goes by. The cause of dementia determines if it can or cannot be reversed, and these differences in this condition are the reason that experts feel it should be referred to as dementia, not a neurocognitive disorder.

The area of focus

One benefit of the name change is the focus is on a decline not a defect in function. The focus behind the name change concurs with experts who work on dementia, as they are trained to focus on the positive rather than the negative. Instead of focusing on the disabilities seen in patients, it’s encouraged that the abilities a patient has are focused on. This focus helps patients with dementia to retain hope and prevents them from losing their self-esteem, and even works to hone in on the positive traits seen in dementia patients. The patients are often engaged in activities that will keep their positive qualities strong. Experts involved in this practice are encouraged to help prevent progression by identifying changes in activity and using different activities to keep the positive qualities strong.

Impact on Memory

The new name change also aims to focus less on the impact this condition has on memory impairment. This is because memory is not always effected first. Sometimes the symptoms effect different areas of the brain, resulting in impairments of speech and language. The new focus will take away from the stigma of dementia by showing the public that the symptoms of this condition go far beyond memory impairment, and sometimes the memory can be the last thing effected. Currently, many people associate the name dementia with memory loss, and this change will work stop that associated.

Conclusion

It’s important to remember that even if the name has change, the approach and quality of care provided will not change. Those with a Neuocognitive disorder will still be met with patient-centered, compassionate, experts support and treatment.

 

Is Mediterranean Diet The Key To Longevity?

Mediterranean diet.Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life, but the exact key to that has yet to be found. While we know that healthy dieting and experience, along with reduced stress and similar healthy lifestyle choices are all essential for a long life, some are starting to look into the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. By learning more about this diet trend and why so many are asking; “is Mediterranean diet the key to longevity?” you can determine if this way of life is right for you.

What exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

This form of dieting originated in the Mediterranean countries, and consists of a diet of high vegetable intake, along with olive oil, and moderate consumption of protein. According to those who live by it, this form of dieting offers substansutal benefits and may even extend your life due to its nutritional benefits?

How does it improve your life?

According to researchers, this form of dieting is the ticket to a longer life. Some researchers have claimed it can lower your risk for a heart attack, and Boston’s named Nurses’ Health Study group offered more in-depth information as to why it offers so many benefits. According to this group, the food groups included in the diet are linked to longer telomeres, which works to create healthy aging.

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The telomeres that create healthy aging are actually found at the end of your chromosomes. As you age, they become shorter, which leads to different health conditions. According to researchers, when you prevent this from getting shorter, you can also prevent age related diseases and even serious life-threatening conditions. One group of researchers from the Brigham and Women’s hospital did a study that measured telomere lengths in a group of individuals involved in the study, and when their diets consisted of the foods found in the Mediterranean, the shortening was prevented.

According to researchers involved in the study, the body is provided with something called prudence when maintaining the Mediterranean diet. Women have higher levels of prudence. When this form of dieting is combined with additional healthy lifestyle choices, it could in fact be the key to longevity. Researchers also believe that certain components within the food consumed alone may be linked to the benefits seen with this form of dieting. For example, Sardinians are consumed largely in the diet, and are thought to provide some of the benefits seen from the diet.

Current benefits

From the information offered from experts so far, it’s clear that the diet can improve both your life and lifespan. Many people using this form of dieting have stated they feel better on a physical and metal level, and as time goes by and further research is conduced their benefits will be more easily understood.

Conclusion

If you’re interested in trying out the Mediterranean diet to achieve longevity, it’s important that you start off slowly, making small changes as needed. The slower you go with the changes, the more likely you’ll be to stick with your new diet, and get all of the great benefits that come along with it.