Archive for November, 2012

Choosing The Right At Home Care Company.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

For many, the decision to put the responsibility of care of a friend or loved one in someone else’s hands is a difficult one. Choosing at home care, senior care, and home health care can be a challenging choice to make, but it can also be a blessing to the ones you love.

Professional Care Advisors, like ours at Alliance Home Health Care, are individuals highly trained in areas from 24/7 skilled nursing to companionship that can mean the world to someone living alone. After all, while 90% of seniors stated they prefer to stay at home for as long as possible, they never said they wanted to do it alone. No matter how strong we feel we are, knowing someone is always there to talk when you need it can be the comfort we need.

But we know making the decision to choose home health care for a loved one involves a tremendous amount of trust, and that’s where senior care companies, like ours, need to do our job.

At Alliance Home Health Care, we know trust is essential to your peace of mind, and we know you didn’t make the decision that it is time for at home care easily. Which is why we go above and beyond to earn the privilege of helping your loved one live in there home for as long as possible.

Our Care Advisors not only have to pass standards tests set forth by Indiana, but they have to do so with a grade higher than the passing percentage set forth by Indiana. We do this because we want the best Care Advisors who will work harder than anyone else in Indiana to assure your loved one’s comfort.

We are also available 24/7 for someone to talk to, because we know at home care questions and needs don’t end at 5:00 PM.

But, perhaps the most comforting thing we can tell a prospective friend looking for home health care for a loved one is that we have been around over 20 years in the Indianapolis area, providing the best at home care, senior care, skilled nursing, and companionship we can.

And we’re not going anywhere.

If you would like to talk more about prospective at home care for a loved one, contact one of our Care Advisors here:

 

 

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Mental Activity May Keep Older Minds Healthy

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Can you guess this riddle?

 

A recent study performed by the Rush University medical team, and presented at the 98th annual scientific assembly, showed performing simple mental activities (such as reading the paper or doing a crossword puzzle) may help keep the brain healthier in older individuals.

The study is significant because it is one of the first to focus on the actual physical condition of the brain, as opposed to studying overall cognitive function. Researcher Konstantinos Arfanakis and colleagues achieved this by using an MRI test called a DTI to test diffusion anisotropy values in the brains of 152 individuals with an average age of 81.

Diffusion anisotropy value is the brain’s ability to pass essential water molecules through the brain’s electrical connections. Think of it like a consolidator at a restaurant. The better the employee is at efficiently organizing and distributing food to patrons, the better the restaurant operates. The same rings true with the brain’s diffusion ability. The better the brain diffuses, the better the brain operates.

The study lasted twelve months, during which the participants were asked to rate the frequency of performing mental activities on a scale from 1 to 5. Of note, none of the individuals participating had any previous diagnosis of cognitive impairment.

The results of the study showed a “significant link” between the frequency of performing mental activities and diffusion values. In that, those who exercised their brain more often had higher diffusion values than those worked out their mind less often.

“Several areas throughout the brain, including regions quite important to cognition, showed higher microstructural integrity with more frequent cognitive activity in late life,” Arfanakis explained.

The study is still ongoing as researchers are preparing more evidence to solidify the link between mental activity and cognitive function, but Arfanakis is quick to point out that even younger individuals should take notice of the research. As diffusion values begin to decline in individuals as young as 30.

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