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  • You are What You Eat, Choose Wisely

    I’ll make a confession, I’m biased towards a plant-based diet. I’ve been a vegetarian since childhood, and I’m one of the few New Englanders (I am certain!) to have never had a bite of seafood. Our culture is historically meat-centric, whether by cultural or economic motivation. Simply put, it’s cheaper to eat things that are bad for us.

    But what might the ultimate cost be to our health? There’s a ton of studies linking the consumption of animal protein to increased risk of Heart Disease, Stomach cancer, Obesity, etc…. But what if now there may be a link to developing Dementia? Would preserving your brain health be incentive enough to ditch the burgers? Your clogged arteries will thank you.

    Clogged arteries and Alzheimer’s are closely linked by looking at a study in which people who had Alzheimer’s were monitored for a decline in

    Dawn
    Nov 11, 2019
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  • Take a No Cost Online Memory Screening!

    November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Brain health and cognitive function is one of our most vital components as we age. Did you know that you can take an ‘Online Memory Screening’ at no cost via the Alzheimer’s Association of America? You can access it here: https://afamemorytest.com/

    What is a memory screening?

    A memory screening is a simple and safe “healthy brain check-up” that tests memory and other thinking skills. It is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a physician or other clinician.

    Why are memory screenings important?

    They are a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem. Memory problems could be caused by a number of medical conditions, including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues, and depression, as well as

    Dawn
    Nov 01, 2019
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  • Fall Prevention as we Age

    We love Fall! But when we say that we mean the season. As the days become shorter, and the temperatures begin to dip some people can have an increased risk of falls. While many of us can admit we’ve tripped and fallen on occasion, for our Seniors those falls can result in severe injury, including death.

    According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone 65 years of age of older in this country falls every second of every day. Fall injuries are treated at the emergency room every 13 seconds and claim a life every 20 minutes.

    The good news is falls are preventable and you can do something about it for you and your loved ones.

    Falls usually don’t just happen and people don’t fall just because they get older. Often there are underlying causes and risk factors such as medications, health conditions or environment,

    Dawn
    Oct 21, 2019
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  • Temporary Caregiver Insurance Fast Facts

    Rhode Island is certainly not devoid of State benefits for stressful times that people face. There’s Temporary Disability Insurance or TDI as we refer to it, which provides income for Rhode Islanders who have either a serious illness or injury. There's EBT, WIC, etc... But, have you heard of Temporary Caregiver Insurance TCI? Many people have not, and are not taking advantage of this four week program which allows for replacement income in the event of a sick family member or bonding with a newborn child. Here’s some statistics on the program as current as August, 2019:

    TCI claims – Of the 4,177 initial TDI applications filed during the month of August 1,117 (26.7%) were Temporary Caregiver Insurance benefits (TCI). A total of 631 (56.5%) were approved and 486 (43.5%) were pending.

    Type of Claim– More than 15 percent of the TCI claims

    Dawn
    Oct 07, 2019
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  • For Brain Health Just Mind (Your Own) Diet!

    I came across an article from Daily Express, UK, in which a gentleman claimed to not only have reversed but cured his Wife’s Alzheimer’s Disease with a change in diet. It’s a bold claim and not one that can be medically confirmed. Rather than dissect the notion of food as medicine (which it is!) – we found some recommendations we believe are sustainable and delicious all at the same time.

    It’s called the MIND Diet, and it’s designed to promote optimal brain health and longevity. The MIND diet helped slow the rate of cognitive decline and protect against Alzheimer's regardless of other risk factors.

    The study, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, looked at more than 900 people between the ages of 58 and 98 who filled out food questionnaires and underwent repeated neurological testing. It found participants whose diets most

    Dawn
    Sep 25, 2019
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