CAN THE MIND DIET REALLY AFFECT YOUR RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S?

The old adage “you are what you eat” is taken up a notch, thanks to researchers at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, who have discovered, at least observationally, that the MIND diet may ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, such as cognitive decline and memory impairment. Including parts of both the Mediterranean and DASH […]

IS JOINT REPLACEMENT THE BEST OPTION FOR ARTHRITIS?

With nearly 40 million people in the U.S. suffering from arthritis (and more than 21 million with osteoarthritis), joint pain and restricted mobility are prominent concerns. Joint replacement is one option for relief, but it’s not without risks. Pros and cons of this invasive surgery need to be weighed carefully. According to Vijay Rasquinha, MD, a North […]

FIVE TIPS TO MAINTAIN CAREGIVER SANITY

With a veritable aging avalanche occurring in America—an estimated 10,000 baby boomers reaching age 65 each day—families are pressed into caregiving roles that, at best, are challenging, and at worst could even prove to be deadly. Damaging health effects for those between the ages of 66 and 96 who provide care for a loved one include […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]