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  • 10/30/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Staying Active as You Age Not a Guarantee Against Dementia

    THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Experts in healthy aging often cite the importance of leisure activities -- hanging out with friends, playing games, taking classes -- in maintaining your brain health as you grow older.

    But a new study calls into question whether those enjoyable pursuits actually protect you against dementia.

    Researchers found no link between middle-aged folks taking part in leisure activities and their risk of dementia over the next two decades, according to findings published online Oct. 28 in the journal Neurology.

    However, they did discover that some people later diagnosed with dementia will stop participating in leisure activities years before they are diagnosed.

    "We found a link between low level of activity in late life and dementia risk, but that this is probably due to people giving up activities as they are beginning to develop dementia," said lead researcher Andrew Sommerlad, a principal research fellow in psychology at University College London. "Dementia appeared to be the cause, rather than consequence, of low levels of leisure activities."

    These results appear to run counter to the "use it or lose it" theory of brain health, in which numerous prior studies have linked continued engagement in social activities, mental stimulation and physical exercise to a lower risk of dementia.

    "Previous studies have tended to look at leisure activities in late life and find an association, but because dementia develops slowly over many years, these studies may not be able to identify the true nature of the relationship," he said.

    Sommerlad said that other factors more directly related to physical health might wind up being more important to protecting the aging brain.

    "We do not question the wider benefits of taking part in leisure activities, for promoting enjoyment, quality of life, and general physical and mental health, but other measures have better evidence specifically for dementia prevention," Sommerlad said. "These are treating health problems like diabetes and hypertension, reducing smoking and alcohol intake, physical activity, treating hearing problems, and having social contact with others."

    For the new study, Sommerlad and his colleagues analyzed data gathered as part of a long-term health study of London-based civil servants that began in 1985.
    The researchers looked at data from 8,280 people (average age 56) whose health was tracked for an average of 18 years. Their participation in leisure activities was assessed at the study's start, five years later and again 10 years later.

    Leisure activities included reading, listening to music, using a home computer for fun, taking evening classes, participating in clubs, attending live events or movies, gardening, and playing card or board games. Do-it-yourself home improvements, artistic endeavors, religious activities, going down to the pub, and visiting friends and relatives were also examined.

    The researchers found no relationship between a person's participation in more leisure activities at the start of the study and their dementia risk nearly 20 years later.
    They only found a relationship when leisure activities in late life were assessed.
    People who took part in more leisure activities around age 66 were less likely to be diagnosed with dementia over the next eight years than those with less participation. Essentially, for every three leisure activities enjoyed monthly or two enjoyed weekly, people were 18% less likely to be diagnosed with dementia eight years later.

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  • 10/26/2020 - californiacaregivers
    The dementia that can be cured.

    There are more than 200 subtypes of dementia. And researchers have found that in one, confusion and memory loss can be treated. But the trick is to spot it…

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  • 10/23/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Invaluable tech solutions to help older people

    Older people are often desperate for both independence and connection. ‘Aging in place’ – enabling someone to remain in their own home, as well as ensuring they feel connected and social, often requires considerable additional arrangements. The world of technology has delivered a range of inspired and practical gadgets. Many can assist us when caring for elderly friends and relatives. This can help us to meet their growing medical and emotional needs.

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  • 10/21/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Could cold water hold a clue to a dementia cure?

    Cold water swimming may protect the brain from degenerative diseases like dementia, researchers from Cambridge University have discovered.

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  • 10/19/2020 - californiacaregivers
    12 Cheap Home Upgrades to Help You Age in Place—Without a Full Remodel

    In light of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing to live in their homes for as long as possible. These easy, affordable updates will help you do just that.

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  • 09/28/2020 - california caregivers
    Caregivers of elderly loved ones face heavy emotional, physical, financial toll

    Nearly four years after her longtime partner’s death, Michelle Murphy still wakes in a panic, imagining that she forgot to help him breathe.

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  • 09/25/2020 - california caregivers
    When to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager

    OLD AGE, IT HAS BEEN said, ain’t no place for sissies. As minds and bodies falter, the activities of daily living get harder and harder. Children of older parents know all too well that their aging parents need varying degrees of help. When that becomes too much for them to handle, one solution is to hire a geriatric care manager.


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  • 09/18/2020 - california caregivers
    Senior Care Workers Find Rewards Amid the Pandemic Challenges

    Even before the first COVID-19 case was reported in Loudoun County in early March, administrators and the staffs of the many local senior care centers were gearing up for a serious health threat. In the months that followed they faced fast-changing, previously unimaginable challenges, periods of sadness and fear, and displays of amazing creativity and heroism.

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  • 09/16/2020 - california caregivers
    America’s oldest World War II veteran celebrates his 111th birthday

    (CNN)Looking on from his front porch in New Orleans, Lawrence Brooks probably never imagined he’d see this day.

    Today, the oldest known US veteran of World War II turned 111, and the National WWII Museum held a socially distant celebration for him.

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  • 09/16/2020 - california caregivers
    How to Fix Senior Living

    A new task force’s recommended urgent changes, and some reality checks. 


    Given the steep number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in nursing homes and lack of PPE there; the recent inability to see loved ones in assisted living and retirement communities as well as the poor pandemic communication between many operators and families of their residents, is it any wonder that senior living (also called senior housing) now has a giant black eye?

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  • 09/11/2020 - california caregivers
    Caring For Elderly Parents at Home? How to not feel Overwhelmed

    Taking care of an elderly loved one isn’t something you prepare for. Most family caregivers get to know what works and what doesn’t on-the-job. On-the-job training, especially if it entails taking care of a senior loved one, can be energy-sapping. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, caring for your loved one becomes even more difficult. The best thing you can do for you and your loved one at that point is to take a break. Even if it’s just you and your loved one in the house, you can contact an online caregiver support group and talk to someone.

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  • 09/04/2020 - california caregivers
    In the Age of Covid, Elder Care Should Be an Election Issue

    Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, many people—including my parents—said they’d rather die than end up in a nursing home. So when my mother suffered a brain aneurysm and became severely disabled at the age of 57, my father and I cared for her at home.

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  • 09/01/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Japan has the world’s oldest population. Yet it dodged a coronavirus crisis at elder-care facilities

    “ICHIKAWA, Japan — Ninety-one-year-old Hiroko Tsukamoto washes her hands seven times a day and disinfects them before every meal.

    She watches the news attentively, tracking every twist and turn of Japan’s battle against the novel coronavirus.


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  • 08/26/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Dementia underlying cause in 3 times more deaths in U.S. than currently reported, study concludes

    "Dementia may be responsible for almost three times more deaths in the United States than what is being reported, according to a new study out of Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).

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  • 08/24/2020 - californiacaregivers
    For home caregivers, COVID-19 pandemic adds extra stress to an already stressed-out population

    "While so many people throughout the world are experiencing levels of isolation and loneliness they have never experienced before because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kelly Osthoff is no stranger to those two words and the impactful meaning behind them.

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  • 08/18/2020 - californiacaregivers
    All of us play a role in protecting seniors from COVID-19

    By EDITORIAL BOARD Star Tribune  AUGUST 16, 2020 — 6:00PM

    Melanie Van Wyhe of Stillwater kept count of the days that COVID-19 visitor restrictions kept her from hugging her mom, Margaret, who resides at a long-term care center. The tally: a heartbreaking 126.

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  • 08/14/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Funding helps senior citizens, companion animals stay together

    Seniors who benefit from animal companionship have received a helping hand in caring for their four-legged friends by way of a new collaborative funding program.

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  • 08/07/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Updated report pinpoints 12 factors that could help prevent dementia

    An updated report by a group of specialists lists 12 modifiable factors that, if a person acts on them, could reduce their dementia risk. Before this update, the report had listed nine modifiable factors.

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  • 08/03/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Research shows healthy lifestyle can reduce dementia risk

    HALIFAX, N.S. — New research is further revealing that the risk of developing dementia can be substantially reduced by leading a healthier lifestyle, including cutting down on drinking, head injuries and exposure to air pollution.

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  • 07/29/2020 - californiacaregivers
    Injury Patterns May Help Differentiate Between Accidents and Physical Abuse in Elderly Patients, Study Finds

    The signs of physical abuse among elderly people can be challenging for health care professionals to recognize, resulting in as few as one in 24 cases being reported to authorities. However, a new study in Annals of Emergency Medicine explores injury patterns and characteristics to help experts spot key differences between abuse and unintentional injury.


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