Study Shows Healthy Lifestyle May Help Safeguard Memory

July 18th, 2014

There’s been some good news in the fight against Alzheimer’s and Dementia this week, as a recent study showed that the number of cases of Alzheimer’s in the United States has declined recently. And there’s been more good news as well, as a study published shortly after these recent findings showed ┬áthat adopting a healthy lifestyle even into our later years may help safeguard our memory.

“This is the first study to definitively show that changing your lifestyle will reduce your risk for cognitive decline,” said Keith Fargo,┬ádirector of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The study followed 1260 people, ages 60-77, with half the study group receiving nutritional guidance, brain game training, involvement in social activities, and heart health management advice; while the other half received normal health advice.

After two years, the group that received additional education and brain stimulation performed better on memory and brain tests than those who did not. Showing that keeping the mind active, at no matter what age we are, is important to maintaining a healthy mind.

The results of the test are also in line with other studies that have come out in the past few years that show bettering your diet, exercise habits, and mental stimulation can help improve your health as you age.

While researchers point out that the study seems to show that more exercise and brain stimulation are helpful in staying healthy as we get older, it can’t totally eliminate the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as we get older.

Still, though, it appears that better exercise and mental stimulation is something we should all try to improve in our daily lives.

Have a great weekend,

Your Friends at Alliance Home Health Care

 

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Families: Tips For Staying Involved With Home Health Care

July 16th, 2014

At Alliance Home Health Care, we believe when it comes to helping your friend or loved one, that we’re all in this together. That means family, friends, and home health care aides all working as one for the best possible care possible.

In other words, we understand that no one knows the wants, desires, and interests of your loved one quite like you, and part of our dedication to person-centered care is getting to know those we help as best as possible.

We say this because as we read more and more articles on the transition to home health care, one of the biggest concerns family caregivers have in hiring outside help is the worry that doing means letting go of the ones they love.

We want you to know that here at Alliance Home Health Care, that could not be further from the truth. Home Health Care assistance is designed to benefit both you and your friend or loved one by providing the quality care they need and giving you the peace of mind in not needing to worry in the event your friend or loved one may need extra assistance, or you can’t be there for them due to time or other family commitments.

With that in mind, below are some helpful tips in how to stay involved with your friend or loved one when hiring outside help.

1.) Communicate often

In person-centered home health care, the better we know about an individual, the better we can personally tailor a program to help them individually. Our goal at Alliance is to do everything we can to get the know the individual, and their wants and desires, as best as possible.

That’s why we believe open and honest communication between your friend or loved one, you, the family caregiver, and ourselves is helpful in establishing the best care possible for your friend or loved one.

2.) Specify your involvement

Your choice in how involved you are with your friend or loved one’s care is exactly that, your choice.

Let the home health care aide know how little, or how much you can be involved, early on in order to create the best plan for their care possible. Remember, setting expectations early can help improve communication and planning later on in their care.

3.) Don’t be afraid to speak up

If you notice a change in your friend or loved one’s physical or mental health, or they have expressed desires or wants that are different than what they initially expressed, then let the home health care aide know.

Don’t be afraid to let them know either, after all, this is a team effort, and evolving care to their specific needs and challenges is essential in keeping your friend or loved one at home for as long as possible.

As always, if you are ready to make the transition to home health care, or just have some more questions on improving communications. Feel free to call us at 317-581-1100, or visit us at alliancehomehealthcare.net.

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