We frequently hear about some promising new potential drug breakthrough, yet there is at this time no medical cure and it’s not likely that there will be one anytime soon. Thus, the interest in exercise, diet, vitamin and herbal remedies and brain challenges.
As people age, even the healthiest among us tend to need more maintenance. While young people can skip sleep and still function well, older people may need more rest to regain their energy. While young people may seem to thrive on junk food and sporadic exercise, older people may find that their bodies are more demanding about receiving their required nutrients and exercise if they are to stay vital. Increasingly, oral health is making news in this area.
Dear Carol: I’ve spent the last seven years caring for my mother who was a cancer survivor with many other health issues, as well as my father who had dementia. Both are now gone and I truly miss them. Not only am I sad, but I’m surprised at how lost I feel. I guess I’ve identified as a caregiver for so long I don’t know how to do anything else. I’m divorced and retired. My friends and I didn’t have much in common during my caregiving so we drifted apart. Now, I’m sitting empty handed and almost empty hearted. How do I start rebuilding my life? Amanda
Although there’s a long way to go before Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are well understood, studies have shown that keeping the body and brain active throughout life may offer some protection. Happily, it’s not all work. Hobbies can be healthy.
...Kathryn Merrow, who is known as The Pain Relief Coach, agreed to tell us more about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and how it can be treated without resorting to surgery. Kathryn’s done well over 25,000 sessions as a Neuromuscular assage Therapist and has had significant advanced training. She has personally overcome migraines and scoliosis, along with other assorted injuries and pains, so she has firsthand experience with natural healing.
Dear Carol: Both of my parents had Alzheimer’s and have since died. I continually read advice on avoiding Alzheimer’s with diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes and I find this insulting. It seems to imply that people like my parents caused their own disease. We all know that Alzheimer’s can’t be cured and probably can’t be avoided. If we’re going to get it we’re going to get it. By telling people that if they use their brains more, eat blueberries or take care of their hearts they won’t get Alzheimer’s just increases the stigma. - Steve
Part of a healthy lifestyle, one that may prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, involves consuming a nourishing diet. According to a recent study, one way to obtain these nutrients is through the MIND diet. This berry-heavy diet, which was created by nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, PhD and colleagues at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, is a tweaked combination of the Mediterranean and the DASH diets. The acronym MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.
To help us understand ADLs, I asked Carmel Froemke for some clarification. Carmel has spent 25 years providing direct care and program management for individuals with disabilities, specializing in mental health rehabilitation. She’s now very close to obtaining her credentials as a Geriatric Care Manager. Below, Carmel answers our questions regarding activities of daily living:
For years the Alzheimer's Association has made good use of the catch phrase "what's good for the heart is good for the brain." As additional research is conducted in both areas, that simple phrase is proving to be solid thinking. The startling admission of notable researchers who attended the 2014 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen that a healthy lifestyle is, at this point, the best hope we have to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s symptoms underscores this concept .
While many researchers dismiss supplements out of hand when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, thankfully not all do. The MEND study, conducted a UCLA, concentrates on exercise, mental challenges, diet and supplements for reversing Alzheimer’s. The MEND study was small but the results for reversing Alzheimer’s were impressive. Now, a study at University of Oxford has shown what the scientists view as a groundbreaking treatment for halting Alzheimer’s disease using a combination of Omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins.