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  • Food for thought on Alzheimer's and a Possible Connection to Diet and Medications

    Recent studies have scarily concluded that as many as one in three adults will develop some form of Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease as they age. Typically, the onset starts as early as age sixty five, although there are over 2.5 million cases of Early Onset Alzheimer’s noted globally.

    While no one is entirely sure what causes these debilitating conditions, we do know there are ways to reduce your risk and prolonging brain health as we age. Recently, we were made aware of some provocative product warnings linking the use Omeprazole (Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid) to increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. These drugs are widely prescribed and available over the counter to treat severe Heartburn and acid reflux. They work to reduce the level of stomach acid, subsequently easing symptoms.

    Now what foods trigger this discomfort and

    Dawn
    Jan 22, 2019
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  • Baby, It's Cold Inside!

    Normally, we think of Hypothermia as only occurring from prolonged exposure to harsh outdoor weather, and that’s largely accurate. But did you know that Hypothermia can occur indoors as well? It can and pose severe health risks for the very young or elderly, and those who are not in optimal health.

    Let’s take a second and review exactly what Hypothermia is. Hypothermia is when your body temperature drops significantly in response to cold temperatures. It can be fatal if left untreated, so here are some ways to ward off the chill using the ‘COLD’ system of prevention:

    Awareness and prevention are key

    The body’s natural response to cold is to begin shivering. As hypothermia progresses, the shivering reaction will slow down while the person’s cognitive ability will begin to diminish, most notably in their speech. Speech can become

    Dawn
    Jan 15, 2019
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  • Valentine's Day Gift Suggestions for Loved Ones with Dementia

    We all know it’s coming, and after the traditional holiday season ends, there’s the anticipation of Valentine’s Day that has us all wracking our brains for the perfect gift. Our Valentine’s don’t necessarily need to be a romantic partner, in many cases parents are the new recipient of much of our affections. When your parent is suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s giving an appropriate gift can seem time consuming and costly. But it doesn’t need to be. We’ve found a few options for you to consider while you still have six weeks to get the best shipping rates!

    ‘The Decade You Were Born’:These 4-hour DVD documentaries are available for each century, and include historical and pop culture footage, as well as music popular from the decade. Best of all it’s less than $7 dollars on Amazon.com!

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    Dawn
    Jan 07, 2019
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  • Resolve to Make 2019 Wonderful with Us!
    Happy New Year

    As we’re about to cross the finish line of this year, and head into 2019, it’s everyone’s time to reflect and plan for the next twelve months. The definition of ‘resolution’ is “A firm decision to do or not to do something”. Let’s eschew the things that perhaps didn’t serve us the past year, and look forward to another fresh start.

    Some serious and some seemingly silly resolutions for crossing the 2019 threshold in style

    Stay Active! We’re not suggesting you attempt the Boston Marathon (yet) but making the effort to increase your motion daily will assist you with keeping your joints healthy, boost your cardiovascular system, and help burn off those holiday indulgences. If you're just getting started, Harvard Health Publications recommended committing 10 minutes of your day to exercise, with a gradual increase as it becomes a habit.

    Dawn
    Dec 26, 2018
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  • The High Price of Readmission

    As we age, for the majority of people, health complications are inevitable. In the event of a hospitalization, things can become more complicated. When a discharge is coordinated, often it is done with a plan for aftercare for the patient. Some of these components can include a variety of home healthcare providers who are engaged to assist our loved ones as they convalesce back to better health.

    Studies have shown that the sooner a quality home healthcare agency is brought in, the less likely there will be a need to readmit the patient to the hospital. The best patient outcomes are unequivocally gained through employing a trusted and competent healthcare agency prior to discharge. In a national survey of patients discharged with plans for continuing home care:

    · 36.4% Were readmitted within a week if the home healthcare agency was

    Dawn
    Dec 17, 2018
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