Best Ways to Prevent Senile Dementia

To Prevent Senile Dementia - There are a number of other diseases that can cause dementia. While it is common for some confusion or the problem of memory in the elderly, senile dementia is considered to be common case. Four to five percent of Americans of both sexes, over age 65 have some degree of psychological and intellectual disorders.


Posted by editor on Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:01 | Permalink

Choosing scientific sides in the fight against Alzheimer's

In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer worked with a patient named August D., a woman with extreme memory loss and paranoia. After she died, Alzheimer looked at her brain in autopsy. He found it had shrunk, and that there were unusual buildups in and around her nerve cells.

The main component of those buildups wasn’t identified until 1984 — it’s a protein called beta amyloid. Clumps of it in the brain are now considered hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.


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New Year’s Safety Resolutions for Seniors

Dr. Mirtha Whaley and Dr. Dennis McCarthy from Nova Southeastern University join us with some new year’s safety resolutions for seniors in the home and on the road. Occupational Therapy is a health profession that is concerned with all of the things we do in a day, a week, a lifetime, to take care of ourselves, have leisure pursuits, honor our commitment to family and our paid employment. Self-maintenance, instrumental activities, committed and contracted occupations are all addressed by OT as the natural process of aging occurs, or something external, like a physical injury, natural disaster, migration, war—impact our occupations.

Posted by editor on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:01 | Permalink

Q&A: How do you pay for long-term care?

We hear from families and caregivers every day as they try to manage the care for loved ones while attempting to navigate health and long-term care options to meet their needs. Many of their concerns are based on the high costs of caring for relatives or friends who can no longer care for themselves. Few families can afford the ongoing expense of in-home care, assisted living, or, especially, nursing homes, which now approach $100,000 per year in some parts of the country.

Long-term care in the U.S. is confusing, there is no doubt about it, and trying to sort through the elements and options can be stressful. But there are some resources to help. Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions that we receive, along with recommended sources for further information.


Posted by editor on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:01 | Permalink

How coordinated care gives patients the freedom to stay at home

As America’s population ages, more families will be faced with rising health care needs. As we reported in November, nearly 79 percent of adults who need long-term care live at home or in community settings, not in an institution. And in January, Medicare started paying primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors — those with multiple chronic illnesses — even if they don’t have a face-to-face exam. The goal is to help patients stay healthier between doctor visits, and avoid pricey hospitals and nursing homes.

So how does coordinated caregiving work? Meet three older Americans with chronic illnesses who are benefitting from coordinated caregivers in their homes.

Posted by editor on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:01 | Permalink

Easy To Follow Diet Proven to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

MIND diet Included seven times in US News & World Report 2016 ‘Best Diets; rankings.

The name of the MIND diet is short for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets.

Both diets have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions, like hypertension, heart attack and stroke. Some researchers have found that the two older diets provide protection against dementia as well.


Posted by editor on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:01 | Permalink

Potential new vaccine could slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease

A new clinical trial is underway to look at a potential vaccine that targets tau protein in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is characterised by the build-up of two hallmark proteins called amyloid and tau in the brain. These proteins are thought to kick-start a chain of events that damages nerve cells, leading to symptoms such as confusion, memory loss, behaviour change and communication problems.

Posted by editor on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:01 | Permalink

Aging Statistics

The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 44.7 million in 2013 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.1% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2013. People 65+ represented 14.1% of the population in the year 2013 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040. The information in this section of the AoA website brings together a wide variety of statistical information about this growing population.

Posted by editor on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:01 | Permalink

The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

When Yvonne van Amerongen received a phone call from her mother two decades ago, relaying that her father had died of a heart attack—sudden and painless—one of the first things she thought was, Thank God he never had to be in a nursing home.

Van Amerongen was working as a staff member at a traditional Dutch nursing home at the time, getting a front-line view of what she never wanted for her parents. That call from her mother spurred Yvonne into action as she became committed to making nursing homes more livable and less of a departure from reality for their residents. She envisioned a setup as far away as possible from the nondescript buildings and polished floors of her workplace, where everything carried the scent of a dentist’s medical cabinet. Over the next 20 years, she worked to secure the funding she’d need to make the idea a reality.

Posted by editor on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:01 | Permalink

Why Senior Living Must Change ‘Dramatically’ by 2050

Ideas abound about the future of senior living—what it will look like, where it will be located, and whether it will take the form of the traditional communities of the past.

Certainly today’s innovators in senior living are interested not just in what works today, but what will work tomorrow on the forefront of senior care and senior housing.

Posted by editor on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:01 | Permalink