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  • Noise and Air Pollution May Increase the Risk of Dementia

    If you live in New England, and more importantly reside in either Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts, it’s likely you call a city ‘home’. We’re flanked on all sides by industry, multi-family housing units, and an average of one vehicle for every two residents. That’s a lot of exhaust fumes, radios blaring and roadwork machinery to absorb!

    In a recently published peer reviewed study featured in ‘BMJ Open’, a leading medical journal, some startling assertions are being made which link where we live to our risk of developing Dementia. The study states “ More recently research has also extended to the role of environmental risk factors and dementia, where a large systematic review identified moderate evidence for an association with eight different factors including air pollution. While air pollution is a well-established risk

    Dawn
    Jul 25, 2019
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  • Rhode Island Medicaid & Veteran's Administration Updates

    We have a few big announcements to make that we know you’ll like! As many of you know, One Solution Home Care has historically serviced clients via Long Term Care Insurance and Private-Pay options. This year the request for our services has been growing at an unprecedented rate. We want to be able to provide our consistently excellent care for as many families as possible. In order to do that, we have expanded our reimbursement options.

    One Solution Home Care is now an official accredited Home Health Provider for the Rhode Island Medicaid Program.

    We also have joined up with the Veteran’s Administration to provide our services to those who need quality home health care.

    We know you have options when you look to hire a caregiver agency. With your support to date, we’re now an A+  Accredited agency with the Better Business

    Dawn
    Jul 15, 2019
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  • The Inflammation Situation

    A recent study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, has found that individuals who have an increase in inflammation during midlife – that is maintained into late life – have greater abnormalities in the brain’s white matter, ultimately affecting cognitive function and possibly leading to dementia.

    The study from Johns Hopkins analyzed data from over 1,500 participants over a 21-year period. The team tracked levels of a blood biomarker of inflammation called a “C-reactive protein” and then looked at that biomarker’s relationship with dementia.

    In the study, participants visited researchers five times, an average of every three years. During the final visit, participants had an MRI scan to reveal white matter damage in the brain. Following the first visit, researchers also collected blood samples from each participant to

    Dawn
    Jul 08, 2019
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  • Some Things are Better Left Unsaid

    As a Caregiver or either the formal or informal variety we can all agree that our interactions with those with Dementia can be challenging. As many people start to become symptomatic, even before a confirmed diagnosis is made, how we react to them can be critical towards maintaining that relationship lifeline as the disease progresses.

    Here’s some helpful tips on things we should try to avoid saying to those with Dementia:

    "Don't you remember?"

    Alzheimer's dementia robs the brain of its ability to remember. There is damage to the specialized area of the brain (the hippocampus) which acts as a filing clerk.

    It's job is to take new information, sort it and file it away to be used later. When the hippocampus isn’t working, new information that enters the brain just dissolves away as if it never happened.

    So, when you ask someone with

    Dawn
    Jul 01, 2019
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  • Summer can be a scorcher for our Seniors

    We finally made it! After what felt like an interminably wet and rainy Spring, the dog days of Summer have finally arrived. For most of us, we can take respite from the heat in air-conditioned offices during the day. But for some of our Seniors, who may be cash constrained, and relying on more traditional cooling methods, June through August can prove to be a dizzying and dangerous stretch where avoiding heat-related illness surges to the forefront.

    The two main culprits are ‘Heat-Exhaustion’ and the more serious ‘Heat-Stroke’. While both can be classified as a medical emergency, it’s the latter that poses the greatest risk.

    Heat stroke happens when the body overheats, typically to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. It’s a serious condition and requires immediate emergency treatment.

    If it’s not treated, heat stroke can damage the

    Dawn
    Jun 24, 2019
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