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Dementia Caregivers Grief Soul Deep, Defies Labeling

ChurchWhen a beloved elder dies, we may have varying reactions, frequently changing moment by moment. Naturally, there’s grief and the realization that we’ve seen the last of our loved one’s physical presence. Often, however, if the death follows a long illness or significant pain, we can also feel a sense of relief that their suffering is over and we can get on with healing. It’s often the in between time – the caregiving years – that are the most difficult to label. 

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Alzheimer’s Risk Higher for Women: Why?

LonelyPersonIt’s been known for years that women are more at risk for Alzheimer’s disease than men but the reasons haven’t been clear. Now there’s even more evidence of gender differences. A new study has found that among those who've been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), women show a much faster rate of memory loss than men. The 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference took place recently in Washington, D.C. While many topics were covered, including some drugs that are showing promise, this study about women has attracted its share of attention.

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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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Exercise May Be One Key To Alzheimer's Prevention

RunningA paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reported on some encouraging results about the benefits of exercise. Researchers at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan concluded exercise is something we can do right now to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. While the study was done on mice, the researchers feel strongly that people will show similar results. 

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White House Conference on Aging Part 2: Help for Aging Boomers

I WhiteHousen part 1 of the two part White House Conference on Aging series, I focused on the new website launched by Health and Human Services at aging.gov. This website should make it far easier for people in various states to get access to their community resources. Below I’ve given a brief overview of other caregiver centric topics covered at the conference.

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Terminally Ill? Where We Live Can Affect Aggressiveness of Treatment

Prayer-10021187You’ve had an advanced health directive, often called a living will, drawn up along with your other legal documents. This vital document tells medical people how you should be treated if you can’t speak for yourself. It also names a health proxy to speak for you. This advanced directive is also included in a Power Of Attorney for health. You congratulate yourself on getting this task done. You’re confident that your wishes will be followed no matter what happens to your health.

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White House Conference on Aging Part 1: Finding Local Services

WhiteHouseConverenceThe White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), held July 13, 2015, brought together 200 experts and advocates from around the country. These professionals and volunteers from many related fields were challenged to examine the problems and opportunities we, as a country with an enormous number of caregivers and aging boomers, face.

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Sleep Deprivation May Contribute to Alzheimer’s Risk

NightskyI am acquainted with many people who have trouble sleeping because of physical pain, mental and emotional stress, sleep apnea and other issues. Many of these health problems can be improved with proper medical care. However, among many of my friends and most of my readers, one of the most significant issues interfering with quality sleep is that they are family caregivers. 

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Summer Heat Can Be Deadly for Seniors

FanHeatsmallerWhether we are taking an elderly person to a family reunion or a backyard picnic this summer, we need to be aware that summer heat can become deadly as people age. From less efficient cooling systems to more illnesses and medications, elders have many issues that can make them vulnerable to extreme temperatures. 

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Long-term Caregiving Can Significantly Shorten Life

BirdOceanA study by Ohio State University in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging has shown that adult children caring for their parents, as well as parents caring for chronically ill children, may have their life span shortened by four to eight years.

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