Caregivers vs. Medications

Can caregivers provide better results than medications when it comes to treating common symptoms of those with dementia?  Agitation, aggression, anxiety, apathy, delusions, depression, irritability, and sleep issues are common symptoms for those with dementia and doctors are quick to prescribe medications for these symptoms.  Interestingly, in a recent study published in the British Medical [...]

By | March 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Falls Increasing Among Seniors

Falls are the number cause of injury in those 65 years of age and older.  Despite all the efforts to keep our seniors safe from falls, according to a 12 year long study by Christine Cigolle, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Michigan, falls are actually increasing.  In fact, the study showed an increase over the [...]

By | March 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ever Heard of the MIND Diet?

Martha Clare Morris, PhD of Rush University along with her colleagues have created a diet that research has shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by as much as 53% for those who followed the diet exactly and by about 35% for those who followed the diet moderately.  The MIND or "Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative [...]

By | March 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can Long Sleep Indicate Stroke in Seniors?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep for adults age 24-64, but for older adults, those over 64, the recommendation goes down to 7-8 hours of sleep.  We often hear of health problems related to not enough sleep.  How about too much sleep?  In a recent study led by Yue Leng, MPhil at [...]

By | March 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Being Fit in Your 40’s May Help Your Brain Later

A recent study led by Nicole L. Spartano, Ph.D shows that your fitness level in your 40's has a direct impact on your brain's health in your 60's and beyond.  Those with lower fitness levels in their 40's are much more likely to have accelerated brain aging in the 60's.  As the fitness level of [...]

By | March 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

His Music Plays On!

At 90 Bert Rose suffers from the symptoms of Alzheimer's, but his ability to play the piano is still strong.  This wonderful story and associated video from the Chicago Tribune tells his story and how his music helps others. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-bert-rose-music-alzheimers-met-20150306-story.html#page=1

By | March 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Folic Acid Helps Reduce the Risk of First Time Stroke

Strokes kill about 130,000 Americans every year and leave many others with limited functions.  A recent study of 20,000 people shows that folic acid helps reduce the risk of first time stroke. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4124569903001/study-folic-acid-reduces-the-risk-of-stroke/?#sp=show-clips

By | March 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spring is in the air!

Spring arrives today in Reno at 3:45 pm with the vernal equinox.  Today represents approximately equal day and night with daylight hours increasing as we move through spring.  At 3:45 this afternoon the plane of the earth's equator passes the center of the sun.  At that moment, the earth's axis neither inclines away from nor [...]

By | March 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First NCAA Basketball Tournament

We had a close family friend mention that he attended the first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament which led us to do a little research.  The First NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was held in 1939 with the championship game held on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  The tournament featured 8 teams versus the [...]

By | March 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coming Home to Recover After Stroke

Here are some tips for recovering at home after a stroke. 1.  Prepare your home to make your daily living activities easier, 2.  Have someone check in on you regularly and assist with chores, 3.  Consider a Personal Care Attendant to help with cleaning, chores, meals & transportation, 4.  Clear walkways and remove excess furniture to reduce falls, 5. [...]

By | March 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments