WARNING: NEW LINK DISCOVERED BETWEEN OTC MEDS AND DEMENTIA

AARP has issued a warning to think twice before taking certain over-the-counter medications, which are now linked to an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study of 3,500 seniors showed that taking these medications regularly for a period of three years increases the risk, and that the danger increases even further when taken for longer periods of time … Read More

WHAT THE U.S. CAN LEARN FROM JAPAN ABOUT CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

With one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world, and with one in five residents a senior (expected to increase to one in three by 2035), Japan has faced the challenges associated with an aging population, and is coming out ahead of the pack. Since the U.S. is not far behind in aging statistics—anticipated to reach 20% by … Read More

TIPS TO PREVENT FALLS: IF ONLY WE COULD PUT TAI CHI IN A PILL

For older adults, a fall can be a devastating, even life-changing, event, which is why preventing falls is extremely important. Being cautious as you walk is good, but preventing dangerous falls takes more than caution, especially for frail individuals. Being physically fit and strong is the best way to help prevent falls. According to Judy A. Stevens of the Centers … Read More

WEIGHT FLUCTUATION AND PARKINSON’S: WHAT TO EXPECT

Weight changes are often a side effect of an illness. Some illnesses, such as thyroid disorders, cause the patient’s weight to increase, while other disorders may cause weight loss. Patients with Parkinson’s disease, however, experience significant weight fluctuations of up to 25 pounds in both directions depending on what stage of the disease they are experiencing. New research says that … Read More

BEAUTY IN WORDS: POETRY THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS

Poetry isn’t just a string of beautiful, sometimes rhyming, words; it has actually been proven to have some significant affects on the brain. In fact, researchers at the University of Exeter have found that reading poetry can stimulate areas of the brain linked to memory. Creative pursuits in general have shown positive effects when used as part of an Alzheimer’s care … Read More

A KINDER WAY TO TREAT AGITATION IN PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S

When caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, each day can feel like a roll of the dice – will today be a good day or a bad day? The challenging behaviors that often present in Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult to handle, but a new method may help Alzheimer’s caregivers better handle agitation and aggression and help reduce use of … Read More

CAN WE “THINK” OURSELVES TO A YOUNGER, HEALTHIER BODY?

What if the old adage, “You’re only as old as you feel,” were true? Some think it might be, that age may only be a state of mind, and they’ve got very interesting experiments to back that claim. Psychologist Ellen Langer performed a rather radical experiment on a group of septuagenarians in the 1980s that is just now beginning to … Read More

NEW STUDY: ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS MAY PROMOTE DIABETES

When it comes to artificial sweeteners, there has been a long running debate as to whether they are helpful or might cause harm. Many dieters and diabetics purchase these zero calorie beverages and snacks to avoid weight gain and spikes in blood sugar levels, but could they be promoting the opposite? A new study evaluating the effects of artificial sweeteners … Read More

FORGOTTEN BUT NOT GONE – EMOTIONAL LIFE OF ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS

To quote the late Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” Truer words were never spoken. In fact, a new study from the University of Iowa shows that caregivers have a profound influence on those who often cannot remember them or their actions―Alzheimer’s patients. … Read More

MISDIAGNOSED: CONDITIONS THAT MIMIC CLINICAL DEPRESSION

Clinical depression is a serious disease, marked by some classic symptoms, such as guilt, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety, sadness, and often thoughts of suicide. While many doctors are apt to prescribe medications like Zoloft right off the bat when a patient presents with these symptoms, the person could very well be suffering from … Read More

THE REAL KEY TO IMPROVING BRAIN FUNCTION

Have you been working hard on crosswords and other brain-bending puzzles or listening to lots of classical music as a way to improve your brain? Neuroscientists at the University of California say simply, “Stop it right now.” Their research shows that, while puzzles and classical music may improve a person’s concentration briefly, they play no role in long-term brain functionality. … Read More

WARNING ABOUT NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR SENIORS

Nutritional supplements are often seen as good sources of vitamins and minerals for older adults who have issues with eating, such as problems chewing, or who do not otherwise get enough calories in their diets. Recently, however, the American Geriatrics Society put out a warning about many of the supplemental drinks such as Boost, Ensure, and others, saying they are … Read More

TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH A PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER’S

Having Alzheimer’s shouldn’t mean that a person must miss out on vacations and travel. However, for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers, travel presents many challenges that must be prepared for in advance. First, it is important to decide whether or not travel is feasible. For those who are unsure if their loved one can handle long travel, taking a “staycation” in … Read More

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA?

The difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is confusing for many people. Often, it is assumed that they are just two different words for the same condition. However, that’s not quite the case. In short, Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, but not all dementia is Alzheimer’s. But does making a distinction between the two even matter when you or … Read More

GREAT ADVICE FOR EVERY FAMILY CAREGIVER

Caring for a loved one as he or she ages can be a very rewarding experience, but it isn’t without challenges. Millions of Americans have taken on the role of caregiver for an elderly parent in recent years, and while your relationship with your parent may have always been great, constant caregiving and feeling like there’s a role reversal between … Read More

THE PROBLEM WITH MEDICATION REGIMENS

Be honest. Do you always take the medication your doctor prescribes? New research reveals some very surprising statistics. Approximately 30 percent of new prescriptions are never even filled, meaning that many patients are not following their doctors’ orders. This new study also shows that the majority of patients who are prescribed medications for chronic diseases either take less than they are … Read More

PROTEIN NEEDS PAST AGE 65 MAY SURPRISE YOU

Protein is one of the building blocks in a healthy diet, but are you getting enough for your age? According to the scientific journal Cell Metabolism, people under age 65 benefit from a lower-protein, higher-carbohydrate diet. However, for people over age 65, the opposite is true. Because our muscle mass decreases as we age, dietician Amy Goodson reports that, after … Read More

10 TREATMENTS PHYSICIANS AND PATIENTS SHOULD QUESTION

Most of us trust that our doctors know what they’re doing when they prescribe a drug or a procedure. However, just because a medication or procedure is commonly used as treatment for a particular illness or disorder doesn’t mean it’s always necessary―or even beneficial. Choosing Wisely, an initiative founded by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, is taking … Read More

BLOOD TEST CAN DIAGNOSE ALZHEIMER’S. WOULD YOU TAKE IT?

It’s an age old question: If you could see into your future, would you? For people who are concerned about whether or not they will get Alzheimer’s, a new blood test can purportedly detect Alzheimer’s disease in a person up to three years before the onset of symptoms. But would you want to know if the disease was impending? While the … Read More

BODY MECHANICS: CAREGIVER WORKSHOP

Responsive is a home health agency committed to our clients’ wellness and supporting our incredible staff of caregivers. Through our education and training programs we offer our caregivers and office staff important new techniques to keep safety a priority. This past month, Responsive Home Care, providers of home health services of Broward County hosted four Body Mechanic In-services to train … Read More