Archive for September, 2011

Remember to Take It Easy: Studies Show Reduced Stress Helps Memory.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


It is no secret that stress can take a toll on one’s physical health, but how much of a toll it takes, exactly, is still a mystery. However, new studies are beginning to show that stress plays a significant part on one’s ability to retain memory and learn new things.

Which could mean the best advice seniors can get is to “take it easy.”

How does stress hurt memory? Well, research shows that stress can cause nerve cells to shrink and reduce synapses.

And what are synapses? They are the ‘great communications’ of the nerves, the connections that bring together the nerve centers in the body and help deliver information. Think of nerve synapses as the body’s postal service routes. The less mail routes your body has, the less mail (information) that gets delivered.

So, by stressing out you are limiting the amount of information your brain receives by damaging the nerves that help receive it. In younger adults, the damage to the nerves is only temporary, the cells regenerate and the postal workers go back to delivering mail. But, in older adults, research shows that the nerves have a much harder time regenerating and the damage to the synapses may become more permanent.

Alliance knows that one of the most stressful times on seniors is choosing the right care for a friend or loved one, but making the right decision for them can turn the stress into comfort.

There is no secret as to why 90% of seniors want to live at home for as long as possible. The reasons are many, but the main themes all boil down to comfort, stability and reduced stress. People just feel better within the comforts of their own home, and the feeling of knowing your loved one is getting quality care within their own walls is a peace of mind everyone deserves to have.



Alliance Home Health Care Welcomes Dinwiddie as Community Liaison

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Alliance Home Health Care, a skilled provider of senior home health care, is pleased to announce that Amy Dinwiddie has joined the company as the new community liaison.

In this new role, Dinwiddie is responsible for marketing Alliance’s programs and services to hospitals and physician’s offices throughout the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

Originally from Indianapolis, Dinwiddie received her Bachelor of Arts in general studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Dinwiddie currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Will, and their two children, Kat and Wilkes. She enjoys exercising, particularly Pilates and yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.