Archive for October, 2013

Celebrating Aging in Place Week

Monday, October 14th, 2013

 

By Alliance Home Health Care staff : A certified and top-rated provider of Home Health Care, Senior Care, and At-Home Care in Indianapolis, Indiana

National Aging in Place Week is this week, Oct 15-21, and as the leading Home Health Care and At-Home care company in Indianapolis, we at Alliance Home Health Care are committed to keeping your friends and loved ones comfortable and safe in their own home for as long as possible.

It is estimated that nearly 90% of adults want to stay in their home for as long as possible. On top of that, 82% of seniors prefer to stay in their home, even if they reached the point where they would require assistance for daily activities and medical help. It’s these statistics, and the staggering percentage of people that want to stay at home for as long as possible, that inspire us at Alliance Home Health Care to do what we do.

Living at home is your friend or loved one’s choice, but living at home for as long as possible takes a team effort. It takes knowing the safety precautions for seniors at home, helping with activities of daily life, and knowing what it takes to keep your friend or loved one at home safe and sound.

That is what we do at Alliance Home Health Care. As a certified top-rated provider of Home Health Care, Senior Care, and At-Home Care, our Care Advisors are trained to keep your friends or loved ones healthy and happy.

During National Aging in Place Week, take the time to learn about what it takes to keep your loved ones where they want to be. Whether that’s researching aging in place measures for your friends or loved ones already at home, or speaking to one of our Care Advisors about how we can help, take the time this week to help the ones you love live a little happier.

 

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Brain Training May Improve Memory

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Courtesy: Creative Commons via Wikipedia

 

By Alliance Home Health Care staff : A certified and top-rated provider of Home Health Care, Senior Care, and At-Home Care in Indianapolis, Indiana

It’s hard to surf the Internet without seeing some mention of a website that features “brain training” games, designed to stimulate the mind and boost memory. And while popular theories used to suggest that “boosting memory performance” through games and challenges was not really possible, new research is suggesting that they may actually help.

A recent study, performed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology put “brain training” to the test, studying 55 students by putting them through a series of cognitive tests for 20 days. Surprisingly, at the end of the study, the results showed that brain training actually helped to boost memory.

Tyler Harrison, Georgia Tech grad student and lead author on the study explained just how big of a finding this is:

“For more than 100 years, psychologists have argued that general memory ability cannot be improved, that there is little or no generalization of ‘trained’ tasks to ‘untrained’ tasks. So we were surprised to see evidence that new and untrained measures of working memory capacity may be improved with training on complex span tasks,” Harrison wrote.

While the study focuses on college-age kids, this news has transferability to seniors as well. In that, it further supports recent studies that seniors who stay engaged in cognitive tasks can help sustain and even, possibly, improve memory. Further strengthening the importance of staying active as we get older.

While the researchers, as always, suggest that more research is needed to further examine the possible benefits of brain training, the news comes as a positive motivator to keep staying active, both physically and mentally, as we get older.

Do you have any experience in brain training? If so, let us know what you thought about it in the comments.

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