Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease While Combating Diabetes at the Same Time

Alzheimer's Disease Most experts agree that the onset of Alzheimer’s disease is probably caused by a combination of several risk factors, including genetics, age, environment, insufficient exercise, adverse medical conditions and a brain starving diet.

Even though some risk factors can’t be changed, there is plenty of studies that show that a healthy life style that consists of regular exercise and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and plenty of mind stimulation can help lower the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s Disease as well as other age-related diseases and conditions—such as vascular disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

There are many studies researching the connection between Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases and possibility lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing or controlling these diseases. For example, one clinical trial is studying the effect of lowering the current blood pressure recommendations levels would have on cognitive decline and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The study uses older adults with high systolic (upper number) blood pressure with a history of heart disease or stroke, or are at risk for those conditions.

Diabetes is believed to be linked to Alzheimer’s through the brain changes caused by abnormal insulin production (Insulin is the hormone involved in diabetes.) Diabetes treatments have been tested on people with Alzheimer’s, but the results have not been conclusive.

However, it is reasonable to assume that if a healthy life style consisting of exercise and a healthy diet is a highly effective way of preventing health conditions like high-blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease (linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s), it is also conducive to lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Actually a healthy life style is probably the best way to help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease due to the lack of medicines or treatments that are currently available.

Make exercise and physical activity a high priority

It is no secret that regular exercise or physical activity is very beneficial to our health and our quality of life. It strengthens our cardio vascular system, shrinks our waistlines and enhances our ability to complete our daily activities.

Laboratory studies on older rats and mice have proven that physical exertion helps to enhance the supply of blood to the brain building connections between nerve cells. In addition, research has provided strong evidence that exercise promotes a brain protein that is important to memory and learning. Exercise is also believed to help maintain the human brain’s old network connections as well as creating new ones.

When implementing a new physical exercise program into your life, start at a moderated rate and always consult your physician first.

Diet and Supplements

A healthy brain can be maintained with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low in saturated fats and processed sugars. Although there is no conclusive scientific research, commonsense tells us that it is highly probable that the same healthy diet that prevents many chronic diseases will also help prevent Alzheimer’s.

One diet in particular that shows real promise is the “Mediterranean diet”. Clinical research studying those who eat a diet that includes vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals, fish, olive oil, and low amounts of saturated fats, dairy products, meat, and poultry have a 28 percent lower risk of mild cognitive impairment and a 48 percent lower risk or any cognitive impairment developing into Alzheimer’s Disease.

There is research that is looking at the effects of using dietary supplements like antioxidants and other natural substances to promote brain health by fighting damage caused by free radicals, but it is still likely that we get the most benefit from whole foods.

The National Institute is currently conducting a clinical study on effects the compound called resveratrol has in people with Alzheimer’s Disease. Resveratrol is found in red grapes and red wine and is widely thought to having anti-aging properties.

An active brain is a healthy brain

Maintaining a sharp brain is best achieved through social engagement and intellectual stimulation. There is wide-spread consensus associating brain simulation with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Staying active by volunteering, reading, taking classes, playing games or using a computer can go a long way in helping prevent Alzheimer’s.

There are many clinical trials testing the impact of different types of cognitive training, with and without physical exercise, in people with mild cognitive impairment in hope of reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

However, until a definitive cure is found, our best defense against Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases is to stay active, eat healthy and visit our Facebook Page regularly.

Why Does Grandpa Pass So Much Gas?

pull my fingerA Grandpa is a highly revered member of the family. He usually has the wittiest comments, his wisdom is highly enlightening, and his perspective always gives you food for thought. But let’s face it, Grandpa isn’t always pleasant to be around, especially after a hearty dinner. Grandpa’s flatulence (i.e. farting) could be a sign of a serious health condition, which should be checked by his doctor with a thorough GI workup.

A good healthy “toot” is typically a normal thing that is as long as there isn’t any related adverse conditions.

• Weight loss
• Diarrhea
• Abdominal pain or distention
• Deceased appetite

A presence of any of these symptoms may be signaling intestinal malabsorption brought on by an assortment of possible causes.

• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Celiac disease
• Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
• Giardia infection
• Chronic mesenteric ischemia
• Irritable bowel syndrome

However, Grandpa’s smelly exhaustions of gas is usually caused by fixable factors.

Lactose intolerance

The most prevailing reason for a Grandpa fart is his inability to properly digest his glass of milk. As we get older we become more intolerant to dairy products. However, If Grandpa is really craving dairy have him try yogurt or lactose-free milk.

Fructose intolerance

Another common cause of a smelly Grandpa is the fructose that he ingested. There are certain fruits, juices, sodas or other foods that are high in fructose that cause excessive gas. So it is time for Grandpa to start reading those food labels and try staying away from any product made with high fructose corn syrup.

A significant amount of certain starchy foods.

• Cruciferous vegetables (Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts)
• Legumes
• Potatoes
• Onions
• Wheat
• Whole grains

Medications

If you see Grandpa with that grimacing look on his face it may be because of him is taking many medications and suffering from a condition called polypharmacy. There are also certain medications that cause gas or other digestive issues.

• Blood pressure medications
• Narcotic pain relievers
• Antibiotics

Taking in excessive air when swallowing

Grandpa’s rendition of the Reverberagurgle Symphony may be caused by his other not so appealing interpretation; the contorting of his loose dentures. The ingestion of excessive air from loose dentures or improperly chewed food can be released in the form of gas.

A slowed digestive system

The next time Grandpa lets out his disgusting little friend (The Smokey Mountain Barking Spider) it could be caused by a slowed digestive system. Tell Grandpa it’s time to put a salad or two in his diet. Also a healthy intake of water will help speed up his digestive system.

But sometimes Grandpa isn’t so health conscious, so you may have to insist that he sees a gastroenterologist. His doctor can direct him how to use a digestion balancing dose of probiotics.

Grandpa is an awesome guy to have around so let encourage him to take care himself with a healthy diet, regular examinations by to his doctor and frequent visits to our Facebook page.

6 Recent Trends in Nursing Home Care

Nursing HomeThe past stigma that nursing home care is just about providing a place for old people to live out their final years is of course not true. Although, let’s be honest when was the last time you even thought of visiting an old friend living in a nursing home?

Treating our elderly as worthwhile contributors in our society is not only an important part of them maintaining their dignity, but it is also a vital element in our social evolution.

Thankfully, modern nursing home care facilities are starting to adopt strategies that are designed to rehabilitate and reintegrate their clients into a more normal life style.

1. Nursing home care is becoming more rehabilitation orientated

Due to the high cost of skilled nursing, the trend is for nursing facilities to become short-term rehabilitation centers. Typically, over 25% nursing home resident admissions are after hospitalization for a serious injury or acute medical procedure. A growing number of nursing home patients return home fully recovered to live independent life styles.

2. Technology is enhancing our nursing homes.

We are far from the emulation of Star Trek, but technology is becoming a huge part of caring for our seniors. Specialized computers systems are being developed to do tasks that range from keeping track of medications and vital signs to mobile networks that help run smart-homes allowing for independent living.

3. Families oriented living arrangements

The cost of senior care is forcing families to rearrange their housing to accommodate the care their seniors. A well designed multi-generational housing unit is not only a cost saving measure but also a highly manageable way of keep the seniors in the family setting.

4. Senior living cooperatives

A senior living cooperative is a good way of maintaining a degree of independence while sharing some of the expenses with other seniors. The senior lives in an independent home but shares certain expenses and recreational areas. The members of the community setting will typically pay monthly dues to maintain the property and pay for housekeeping and some shared meals

5. Baby boomers prefer eco-friendly

Today’s senior citizen are much better informed and are demanding safer and more eco-friendly conditions to live. They understand that consuming organic and nutrient rich food will keep them healthier. They recognize that using LEED-certified eco-friendly materials and appliances will lead to significant cost savings in the future. They know that they will be more comfortable, happier and healthier living in environmental friendly conditions.

6. The home health care industry is booming

Senior citizens don’t want to be institutionalized.  Today’s senior citizen wants to be independent and at home for as long as possible. Home health care is much more affordable and effective than a nursing care facility due to technology enhancements and civic planning initiatives. The home health care alternative will continue to grow in popularity due to the many advantages it offers over an institutional setting.

There are many consideration to be taken into account when planning for long-term care and it can be quite overwhelming. However there is no reason to fret, visit our Facebook Page for a great place to build relationships and get advice.

 

9 Considerations When Re-Inventing Yourself During Healthy Aging Month

Healthy agingOne of the best characteristics of life is its unpredictable ways. We just don’t know how tomorrow is going to unfold, nor should you want to know. Sure we all have a spiritual side that knows exactly what our intended mission is, but our limited intelligence would only apply limits to our life if we genuinely knew what that mission is. Healthy aging means living your life with zest and zeal, so just grab hold of life’s gold ring and enjoy the rest of your journey.

1. Do a personal SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis is a business tool used for market positioning, however it is also a highly effective way of giving you some great ideas of what you can do with the rest of your life.

A SWOT Analysis is an evaluation of 4 environmental considerations.

• Strengths
• Weaknesses
• Opportunities
• Threats

Doing a SWOT analysis is actually quite simple and enlightening. Put yourself in hypothetical situations and environments then honestly evaluate how you would respond in them. The more honest you are with your evaluation the more effective your analysis will be.

2. Adapt to today’s ways.

Yes, adapting to new technology and techniques can be difficult and frustrating. However, the vast majority of the time it will provide time management efficiencies and creativity enhancement opportunities. The key to the healthy aging process is be adaptable and accepting.

3 Make a review of your past decisions.

What I mean by reviewing the past is actually developing an understanding of your past decisions.This allows you to evaluate your old perspective and recreate it in a manner that is more conducive to your new intentions.

4. Make your plan fit the natural you

Mission without a plan is not a mission, but merely a sketchy action. I can’t get into all the gritty details of plan development in this post, but I do need to bring up two very important points. The reinvention of yourself deserves detailed thought and perception. And a plan is best developed when it is allowed to develop its own pathway. Of course you should take your physical and mental limitations into account but only allow your intuition to guide the way.

5. Passion can be developed.

If you know what your passion is; awesome, pursue it. However, you if you don’t know exactly what gets your juices flowing, don’t fret. All you need is the desire to live an inspired life and the willingness to honestly examine your natural attributes. We all have innate passions, and healthy aging means scraping away all the scares and letting our passion reveal itself.

6. Don’t make it about money

Money is an amazing tool but a lousy passion. When you find and pursue your passion, money will just naturally flow towards it.

7. Don’t be so predictable

The whole idea to re-inventing yourself is to give yourself a fresh start. Let yourself be adventurous and look at the world with varying colored lenses.

8. Don’t expect immediate changes.

Don’t push yourself into a new way of life, let it unfold. It took you many years to develop your current perspective, it is going to take time to truly embrace your new perceptions and entitlements.

9. A family’s support is best, but whose life is it?

I can’t tell you how important your families support is to you, only you can determine that. But I can close with this. Only you and your spiritual guidance can determine what your passion is and put you on the path to healthy aging and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Live in the NOW; for the rest of your awesome life.

Do you have any tips or ideas to share with others about how to re-invent yourself? Or, ways to promote healthy aging? If so, make sure to share them with us below or check our Facebook page and join the discussion! #healthyaging