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New One Stop Website Connects Elders and Caregivers to Local Resources and More

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Dear Readers: Throughout the decade that I’ve been answering questions about aging and caregiving I’ve been continually unsatisfied with the need to refer seniors and caregivers to multiple websites when assisting them in finding resource information. The recent White House Conference on Aging has now launched a one stop link to resources and I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to share this information with as many seniors and caregivers as possible.

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Can Chocolate Slow Age-Related Memory Loss?

Chocolate...The group that consumed the flavanol-rich diet scored significantly higher on memory tests than the group placed on the low-flavanol diet. The tests that were given to the volunteers measured the type of memory skills that people need in order to remember where they parked their car or to recall faces of people that they've recently met.

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Post-surgical Risk for Delirium Increases with Age

Doctor_physician_surgery_219981As people age, surgery becomes a greater risk to their overall health than it is for younger people. Older people often have less robust immune systems so they are more at risk for general infections and they are more at risk for pneumonia. However, one of the most frightening risks for older people is post-surgical delirium.

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Old movies, Old Music: Not Just Nostalgia

Open-mind-10021499Old movies via DVDs, as well as CDs of big band music or other favorites of our elders’ generation have long been used as a diversionary tactic. Now, Artists for Alzheimer’s (ARTZ) is spotlighting a new way that movies can be used to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease. ARTZ is a nonprofit based in Woburn, Mass. that creates cultural opportunities for people with dementia and their caregivers. 

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Proper Dementia Diagnosis May Require Referral to Specialist

GrandparentDaughterDear Carol: My 81-year-old grandma has been healthy all of her life. Her only doctor is a family physician who is very nice but nearing retirement himself. Grandma has been getting forgetful and has had a few episodes of confusion. She is much closer to me than she is to my mother, who is her daughter. Mom tells me that the family doctor says Grandma is just getting older but she’s fine. I’d like Grandma to see a specialist. How do I convince them both that Grandma’s reliable family doctor who has been fine all of these years may not be the person to diagnose dementia? Niki

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Managing Diabetes Helps Prevent Cognitive Decline

BlueberriesHugeAn article on the UCSF website reports on a 9-year long study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study enrolled 3,069 adults over 70 at two community clinics in Memphis, TN and Pittsburgh, PA beginning in 1997. All the patients provided periodic blood samples and took regular cognitive tests over time. 

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Protein Produced During Exercise May Prevent Alzheimer's

RunningWoodsResearchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have reported that they have isolated a protein called irisin that is produced in the brain during endurance exercise. The scientists introduced the protein to sedentary mice who were then tested for changes in how their brains functioned. What they found is that the protein activated the genes that promote brain health and encourage the growth of new nerves involved in learning and memory. 

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Challenging Hobbies Help Maintain Brain Health

PoolAlthough 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 at least delay dementia symptoms. Happily, staying active is not all work. Hobbies can be healthy.

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The Broken Jar: A Video Of Alzheimer's and Art

This video showcases chronologically-arranged samples of the watercolors of Alzheimer's artist Lester E. Potts, Jr. (1928-2007). The art was created over a 4 year period while Potts was a patient at Caring Days, a dementia daycare center in Tuscaloosa, AL (now The Mal and Charlotte Moore Center). Prepare for a few tears.

 

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5 Ways To Help Your Loved One Smile

. FriendlyOlderWoman..There are many potential sources of a senior's bad mood. For starters, your elders may suffer from physical and emotional pain. Arthritis and other chronic pain can lead to snappish behavior. Losing life-long friends to disease or death is depressing for most people. Memory issues and cognitive glitches are frustrating and even frightening. Additionally, it's not easy being forced to give up the parental role and let your adult child make decisions for you.

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