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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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Spiritual Fitness and Alzheimer's Prevention: Part 2 of an Interview on Meditation

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In Part 1 of this interview with Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., who is president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and a clinical associate professor of integrative medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, we learned about how chronic stress affects our brains. 

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Spiritual Fitness and Alzheimer’s Prevention: Part 1 of an Interview on Meditation

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Throughout past centuries, meditation has been used as a method for staying centered and spiritually connected, which in turn reduces chronic stress. This connectedness is often called spiritual fitness. It's known that chronic stress is a risk factor for Alzheimer's. Could spiritual fitness, along with diet, exercise, brain fitness and socialization be a path to reducing our Alzheimer’s risk?  Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., who is president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and a clinical associate professor of integrative medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, thinks so. 

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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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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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