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October 2010

Sports Illustrated Special Report Scores Touchdown for Alzheimer's Awareness Month

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November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. The November 1, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated takes advantage of this awareness campaign to inform the public about the risks of sport's related brain injuries that could lead dementia - especially injuries sustained while playing football.

The Sports Illustrated cover tosses us their hard hitting special report titled "Concussions." Two subheads shout, "The Hits That Are Changing the Game," written by Peter King, plus "And the Hits No One Is Noticing," written by David Epstein.

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Detaching With Love: Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships

When the family member we are trying to care for is impossible to please, it’s often because of long-standing family dynamics. I’m not talking about someone in intolerable pain, or someone who has little control over their brain because of dementia or Alzheimer’s. In those cases, we often need to get the help of professionals, whether it’s hospice care for end-of-life pain or a memory unit for Alzheimer’s patients who may not be safe at home.

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In-home Care Can Help Elders Stay Part of Family Functions

Most in-home care agencies do far more than just care for an elder in the home. They are often hired to help elders who want to stay in assisted living, because they don't feel ready for a nursing home, but need extra health care not provided by the facility. Even if caregivers are primarily hired for caring in the home, this care generally spills out into errand running and even event care, depending on the type of agency and contract negotiations.

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The Arts Can Give People with Alzheimer’s a Reason to Live

  "…My mantra is if medicine is keeping people alive longer with dementia, it's a crime not to give them a life worth living.''

If any one person has structured my own thoughts into a powerful sentence, it's John Zeisel, in the above quote. Zeisel is the president of Woburn-based Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, which runs six residences in Massachusetts and New York where they care for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Zeisel also co-founded, in 2002, "Artists for Alzheimer's," or ARTZ, a nonprofit organization that develops cultural experiences for people with dementia.

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More Evidence Points to Antioxidants in Fruits as a Way to Slow Aging

We can live in denial if we choose, or just be undisciplined about our food choices (I plead guilty to this), however, most of us know that fruits and vegetables are good for us for many reasons. One of those reasons is because most of them contain high levels of antioxidants which have been shown in study after study to be good for the heart, the brain and our overall health.

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Medical Alarms Offer Emergency Help for Spousal Caregiving Couples

Dear Carol: My mom takes care of my dad who has Parkinson’s disease. She does a good job, though I know it’s hard for her. I worry about what could happen if she fell or had heart attack while she and Dad are alone. They have neighbors, as they live in an apartment, but still it could be hours before anyone knew something was wrong. She’s proud of her work helping Dad. How do I help her understand this isn’t safe? Barney

Dear Barney: You are right to be concerned. Any older couple caring for one another, even without taking Parkinson’s disease into consideration, would do well to consider a medical alarm service.

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The Shriver Report: Evidence Shows Intra-Nasal Insulin Could Improve Memory in Alzheimer’s Patients

Last July, I posted a blog titled Nasal Insulin Could Help People with Early Alzheimer’s or Mild Cognitive Decline. The post was centered on a study by researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System/University of Washington-Seattle, with the results being presented at the 2010 Alzheimer's Association Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Honolulu.

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Study Shows Walking Helps Preserve Brain Tissue

Most of us know that physical exercise is good for us. We've read, or heard, "What's good for the heart is good for the brain." Our doctors have told us to get aerobic exercise. If you're like me, you automatically think of the dedicated people who hit the gym several times a week, run marathons or at least use the treadmill or bike instead of letting the equipment sit in their basement.

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Protecting Caregiver Health: When the Caregiver's Health Fails the Care System Can Collapse

Think of it like this: Caregivers are the base of a pyramid. When the base collapses, the whole pyramid crashes. Many of us are “natural caregivers.” We put other people’s needs ahead of our own. It feels good to give. However, everyone has a breaking point. Whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual - or more likely a combination of all of these – if the caregiver breaks down, the whole care system can collapse. Caregiver self-care is vital to all involved.

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ABC TV Alzheimer’s Series Riveting

Since the publicity has been enormous, anyone interested in caregiving would have a hard time not hearing about the ABC TV series on caregiving hosted by Maria Shriver. However, I do want to urge you to watch this important report by going to the ABC News site. You can type in "Shriver Report" and find the links.

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