What Factors into the Cost of Assisted Living?

When a person or family begins looking into assisted living in Surprise, AZ one of the first questions they are going to have is how much it will cost. While there are some private long term insurances that will cover the cost of this, many people do not have this type of insurance. There are some larger facilities that offer a flat rate, but most do not and certain features and amenities will cause the price to increase. Group homes generally do offer a flat price based on the size of the room, whether the room has a private bathroom as well as the prospective residents level of care, whereas larger assisted living facilities generally have a rate for the apartment and level of care charges depending on the residents care needs. Getting to know what these factors are can be beneficial.

Single or Double Occupancy Rooms

When choosing an assisted living location, you will have to decide if you want a room to yourself or if you are willing to share. Keep in mind, if you are willing to share a room with another your costs will be less but there are some facilities that don’t even offer this option. This is something important that you need to keep in mind if price is a concern since it can lower the price significantly. Almost all assisted living in surprise, including communities and group homes offer private rooms as well as semi private options. The larger communities may also offer one and two bedroom options as well, so depending on your needs and your budget many options are available.

Medical Care and Help

Another important consideration when choosing assisted living in Surprise, AZ is what type of help or medical care is needed? There are some people who are going to require closer help and medical attention, however there are others who are going to be pretty self-sufficient. A general rule is the more assistance and medical services that are needed, the higher the cost of the services are going to be. Some communities as well as group homes are better equipped then others to provide this level of care so it is important to explore the differences. Help from an experienced healthcare professional who is familiar with the options in your area, like you will speak with at A Caring Hand for Mom can be invaluable and will help guide you with your search.

Special Dietary Needs

There are some assisted living facilities that even charge more for special meal plans. While this is not the case for most locations, it is something to ask about if there are certain foods that you cannot have or if you are allergic to something. When you are choosing assisted living in Surprise, AZ make sure to keep the factors here in mind. They will each impact the cost of the services. More information about assisted living is available on the A Caring Hand for Mom (and Dad) website or call us today at 800-881-7706.

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Is Your Loved One Ready to Move to an Assisted Living Facility?

When you make the decision to move your aging loved one to assisted living facilities in Peoria, AZ, you may think that you have everything under control. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize what they forgot, until move in day. To avoid this, make sure your aging parent or loved one is ready for the move by using the information found here.

The Basics

You need to bring along all the “basics” when moving to an assisted living facility in Peoria, AZ. This includes personal hygiene products, assistive devices and any medications that match your current doctor’s orders as even OTC medications need to have been ordered by your doctor in assisted living. Make sure to also pack the clothes your loved one needs, including undergarments and socks, as well as shoes, items to do their hair, hats and other day to day wear items.

The Extras

Once you have all the basics accounted for, it is time to get a few extra items. Some of the items that are considered extras include books, puzzles, pictures and other items that will make the assisted living facilities in Peoria, AZ feel more like home. Keep in mind, each person is different and you should take this into account. If your loved one has a special quilt or hat they want to take along, make sure they can. Keep in mind, depending on the size of the apartment or room you may have chosen, furniture needs may be limited based on the configuration of the apartment or room. Try not to take too much furniture as a cluttered apartment can be more hazardous than helpful.

When you use the tips and information here, you will be able to ensure your elderly loved one is ready to move into an assisted living facility. If you don’t take your time to do this, you may find you have to go back and forth quite a bit on move in day.

Learn more about assisted living by visiting the A Caring Hand for Mom (and Dad) website and check out the many resources on the site. We have articles on making ”A Happy Transition” as well as our “check list” which will help you prepare both emotionally and physically for your move.

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Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

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https://www.helpguide.org/The below article is a was originally published by helpguide.org and is for your review, if you need assistance and are considering Arizona assisted living or memorycare options please visit our website at www.acaringhandformom.com or call us today at 800-881-7706 for immediate assistance.  Remember you are not alone we are here to help, so if you are considering phoenix assisted living options call us today. 

Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Preparing for the Road Ahead and Getting the Help You Need

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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia impacts every aspect of your daily life. As an Alzheimer’s patient loses one ability after another, a caregiver faces tests of stamina, problem solving, and resiliency. Maintaining your emotional and physical fitness is crucial, not just for you but also for the person you’re caring for. Preparing yourself, understanding your loved one’s experience, and seeking support from others can help you succeed on the caregiving journey.

The Alzheimer’s and dementia care journey

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia can be a long, stressful, and intensely emotional journey. But you're not alone. In the United States, there are about 15 million people caring for someone with dementia, and millions of others around the world. As there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease—and only limited medical treatments available for the symptoms—it is your caregiving that can make the biggest difference to your loved one's quality of life. That is a remarkable gift.

However, caregiving can also become all-consuming. As your loved one's cognitive, physical, and functional abilities diminish over a period of years, it's easy to become overwhelmed and neglect your own health and well-being. The burden of caregiving can put you at increased risk for significant health problems and an estimated 30 to 40 percent of dementia caregivers will experience depression, high levels of stress, or burnout. Nearly all Alzheimer's or dementia caregivers will at some time experience sadness, anxiety, loneliness, and exhaustion. Seeking help and support along the way is not a luxury for caregivers; it's a necessity.

Just as each individual with Alzheimer's disease progresses differently, so too can the caregiving experience vary widely from person to person. However, there are strategies that can help make the caregiving journey as rewarding as it is challenging. Learning all you can about what is happening and what to expect on the Alzheimer's journey will not only help your loved one, but is also the first step towards protecting your own mental and physical health.

The challenges and rewards of Alzheimer’s care

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can often seem to be a series of grief experiences as you watch your loved one’s memories disappear and skills erode. The person with Alzheimer's will change and behave in different, sometimes disturbing or upsetting ways. For both caretakers and their patients, these changes can produce an emotional wallop of confusion, anger, and sadness.

As the disease advances, your loved one’s needs will increase and your caregiving responsibilities will become more challenging. At the same time, the ability of your loved one to show appreciation for all your hard work will diminish. Caregiving can literally seem like a thankless task. For many, though, a caregiver’s long journey includes not only challenges, but also many rich, life-affirming rewards.

Challenges of Alzheimer's care:

  • Overwhelming emotions as capabilities lessen
  • Fatigue and exhaustion as caregiving demands increase
  • Isolation and loneliness as independence disappears
  • Financial and work complications as costs rise and resources are challenged

Rewards of Alzheimer's care:

  • Bonds deepen through care, companionship, and service
  • Problem solving and relationship skills grow through experience
  • New relationships form through education and support
  • Unexpected rewards develop through compassion and acceptance

Preparing for the road ahead

The more you learn about your loved one’s disease and how it will progress over the years, the better you’ll be able to prepare for future challenges, reduce your frustration, and foster reasonable expectations. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, for example, you can support your loved one’s independence and self-care, but the person’s cognitive and physical regression means he or she will ultimately require 24-hour care.  

Though it may be hard to contemplate such a difficult outlook, the sooner you put plans in place, the more your loved one can be involved in the decision-making process. Paying for long-term care can be a major source of stress, so it’s important to research all your options as early as possible. Consult with the patient’s medical team and other family members to make legal and financial arrangements and determine the long-term care options that are best suited to you and your loved one.

Developing your own personal support plan ahead of time

Balancing the enormous task of caring for a cognitively-impaired adult with your other responsibilities requires skill, attention, and meticulous planning. By focusing so diligently on your loved one’s needs, it’s easy to fall into the trap of neglecting your own health. But that will not only hurt yourself, but also hurt the person you’re trying to care for. If you’re not getting the physical and emotional support you need, you won’t be able to provide the best level of care, and you face becoming overwhelmed.

Ask for help. It’s important to reach out to other family members, friends, or volunteer organizations to help with the daily burden of caregiving. Accepting help for mundane tasks such as grocery shopping and cleaning can free you up to spend more quality time with the patient. When someone offers to help, let them. You’re not being neglectful or disloyal to your loved one. Caregivers who take regular time away not only provide better care, they also find more satisfaction in their caretaking roles.  

Learn or update caregiving skills. Being thrust into the role of caregiver doesn't come with an instruction manual, but there are books, workshops, and online training resources that can teach you the skills you need. Learn all you can about symptoms, treatment, and behavior management. As the disease progresses and challenges change, you’ll need to update your skillset and find new ways of coping.

Join a support group. You'll find that you're not alone and you’ll be able to learn from the experiences of others who have faced the same challenges. Connecting with others who know first-hand what you’re going through can also help reduce feelings of isolation, fear, and hopelessness.

Learn how to manage stress. Caregiving for a loved one with dementia can be one of the most stressful tasks you’ll undertake in life. To combat this stress, you need to activate your body's natural relaxation response through techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, or yoga. Fitting these activities into your life can help reduce the stress of caregiving and boost your mood and energy levels.

Make use of available resources. There are a wealth of community and online resources to help you prioritize your efforts and provide effective care. Start by finding the Alzheimer’s association in your country. These organizations offer practical support, helplines, advice, and training for caregivers and their families. They can also put you in touch with local support groups. See Resources and References section below for a directory of associations.

Plan for your own care. Visit your doctor for regular checkups and pay attention to the signs and symptoms of excessive stress. It’s easy to abandon the people and activities you love when you’re mired in caregiving, but you risk your health and peace of mind by doing so. Take time away from caregiving to maintain friendships, social contacts, and professional networks, and pursue the hobbies and interests that bring you joy.   

Signs of caregiver stress and burnout

No matter how strong and resilient you are, you’re still likely to have problems with certain aspects of Alzheimer’s or dementia care. The stress of day-to-day care, watching your loved one’s health deteriorate, and having to make difficult decisions about long-term care can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Recognizing the signs of caregiver stress and burnout is the first step to dealing with the problem.

10 Signs of Caregiver Stress

If you experience any of these signs of stress on a regular basis, make time to talk to your doctor.

1. Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who has been diagnosed. "I know Mom is going to get better."

2. Anger at the person with Alzheimer's, anger that no cure exists, or anger that people don't understand what's happening. "If he asks me that one more time I'll scream!"

3. Social withdrawal from friends and activities that once brought pleasure. "I don't care about getting together with the neighbors anymore."

4. Anxiety about the future. "What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?"

5. Depression that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope. "I don't care anymore."

6. Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks. "I'm too tired for this."

7. Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns. "What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?"

8. Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions. "Leave me alone!"

9. Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks. "I was so busy, I forgot we had an appointment."

10. Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll. "I can't remember the last time I felt good."

Source: Alzheimer's Association

When prolonged and excessive stress from caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia leaves you feeling emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted, you may be facing burnout. Burnout reduces your productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling helpless, hopeless, angry, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give.

The warning signs of caregiver burnout include:

  • Excessive stress and tension
  • Debilitating depression
  • Persistent anxiety, anger, or guilt
  • Extreme irritability or anger with the dementia patient
  • Decreased overall life satisfaction
  • Relationship conflicts and social isolation
  • Lower immunity and greater need for healthcare services
  • Excessive use of medications, drugs, or alcohol

Burnout can damage your health and the health of the person you’re caring for, so if you recognize the signs, it’s important to take action right away.

Coping with stress and burnout

No matter the day-to-day demands of caregiving for a patient with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s imperative that you carve out time for your own self-care. These tips can help:

Seek regular respite care. You cannot do it all alone. Ask other family members, friends, or members of your place of worship for help with respite care so you can get a much needed break. You can also seek help from volunteer organizations, support groups, day care programs, and residential respite care facilities. Schedule frequent breaks throughout the day, take time out to pursue hobbies and interests, and stay on top of your own health needs. Seek professional help if you recognize you're exhibiting any warning signs of caregiver burnout.

Get moving.  Regular exercise not only keeps you fit, it releases endorphins that can really boost your mood. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If it’s difficult to get away for that long at once, break the time up into 10 minute sessions sprinkled throughout the day. Take a walk or jog outside, dance to your favorite music, work out to an exercise DVD, or cycle to the store. Taking a group exercise class or working out with friends can give you a valuable social outlet as well.

Talk to someone. Talk to a trusted friend, family member, clergy member, or therapist, about how you feel and what you’re going through. The person you talk to doesn’t have to be able to solve your problems, he or she just has to be a good listener. The simple act of talking face-to-face with someone who cares can be extremely cathartic. Opening up won’t make you a burden to others. In fact, most friends will be flattered that you trust them enough to confide in them, and it will only strengthen your bond.  

Take time to play. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, include your loved one in short walks, board games, or jigsaw puzzles. Join an online scrabble tournament, practice your golf swing, or play with a pet. A daily dose of fun is good medicine, and doesn’t require money, a car, or huge blocks of time.

Try something new. Challenge yourself to learn a new skill while you are “on the job.” Order a self-paced foreign language program or try an exercise video game. From tennis to golf to pitching a strike, so-called “exergames” offer living room-friendly activities for every age and skill level. With just a few minutes of practice each day, you can flex mental muscle and relieve harmful stress.

See the funny side. Humor is a well-known antidote to stress, sadness, illness, and boredom. Give yourself permission to chuckle at the absurdities you and your loved one experience, and surround yourself with laughter. Instead of heavy dramas on TV or video, go for a hearty belly laugh by watching episodes of your favorite sitcom. Your infectious good mood can help replenish your inner resources and sooth your loved one.

Making time for reflection can help with acceptance

One of the biggest challenges as a caretaker for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is to accept what is happening to your loved one. At each new stage of the disease, you have to alter your expectations about what your loved one is capable of. By accepting each new reality and taking time to reflect on these changes, you can better cope with the emotional loss, and deepen the feelings of satisfaction and love in your role as caretaker.

Keep a daily journal to record and reflect on your experiences. By journaling your thoughts, you can mourn losses, celebrate successes, and look for those thought patterns that keep you from acting in the present.

Count your blessings. A daily gratitude list can chase away the blues and let you focus on what your loved one is still capable of, rather than the abilities he or she has lost.

Celebrate what is possible. Your loved one still has many abilities. Structure activities to invite participation on whatever level is possible, and you will both find real enjoyment.

Try to envision your loved one’s world. Imagine not being able to remember and do life’s simple tasks. By valuing what your loved one is able to give, you can find satisfaction on even the toughest days.

Practice relaxation techniques. Meditation, deep breathing, visualization, mindfulness, yoga, or rhythmic exercise can calm, restore, and promote happiness. Experiment with different techniques to find the ones that work best for you.

Improve emotional awareness. Remaining engaged, focused, and calm in the midst of such tremendous responsibility can challenge even the most capable caregivers. By developing your emotional awareness skills, however, you can relieve stress, experience positive emotions, and bring new peace and clarity to your caretaking role.

Tap into the rewards of connecting with the person you're caring for

Even when the person you’re caring for can no longer verbally express love or appreciation, you can find a deeper sense of reward in your role as caregiver by making time each day to really connect with the person. Avoid all distractions and focus fully on the person. Make eye contact (if that’s possible), hold the person’s hand or stroke his or her cheek, and talk in a calm, reassuring tone of voice. When you connect in this way, you’ll experience a process that boosts your mood, reduces stress, and supports your physical and emotional well-being. And it can also have the same effect on your loved one.

How to help an Alzheimer's or dementia caregiver

If a friend or family member is caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s important to offer all the help and support you can.

Don’t wait to be asked to help. Many caregivers find it difficult to ask others for help, no matter how much they may need it, so make the offer. And when you do, be specific. As well as simply asking, “What can I do to help?” make suggestions like, “I’m free tomorrow afternoon, can I sit with the patient while you take a break?” or “What can I get you from the grocery store today?” Helping out with even the most simple or mundane chores can free the caregiver up to spend more quality time with the patient or take a break to recharge his or her batteries.

Be a friend. Caregivers are prone to withdrawing from family and friends but they still need regular contact with the outside world. Phone calls, texts, or emails are fine, but nothing beats a personal visit to lift a caregiver’s mood. Again, don’t wait to be asked; be the one to reach out.

Be a good listener. Venting frustrations about caregiving can be a great stress reliever. Listen to the caregiver’s fears and concerns without judging.

Show your gratitude. If the caregiver is a sibling looking after your parent, for example, it’s important to express your gratitude. The person with mid- or late-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia may not able to show appreciation to the caretaker so it’s important other family members recognize the caregiver’s hard work and sacrifice and regularly show their appreciation. While a card or a simple “Thank you” can go a long way, when accompanied by the offer of some respite, it can be a blessing.

Recognize the signs of caregiver stress and encourage the caregiver to focus more on his or her own health and well-being.

More help for Alzheimer's, dementia and aging

Resources and references

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Care for the Caregiver: Part 1 (Video)

Care for the Caregiver: Part 2 (Video)

Dementia care specialist Teepa Snow discusses the fear of dementia and dealing with the challenges of caring for a loved one. (YouTube/Senior Helpers National)

Caregiver support

Alzheimer's Associations – A worldwide directory of Alzheimer’s associations that offer information, advice, and support for caregivers. (Alzheimer’s Disease International)

Family Care Navigator – For caregivers in the U.S., a state-by-state resource to help you locate services and other resources. (Family Caregiver Alliance)

Caregiver Action Plan – Create a personalized action plan for caregiving and link to information, support, and local resources. (Alzheimer’s Association)

Alzheimer's Caregiving: How to Ask for Help – Suggestions on how to engage family and friends in helping out with patient care. (Mayo Clinic)

Caregiver's Stress Check – Tests your stress and provides recommendations for addressing common caregiver’s issues. (Alzheimer’s Association)

Caregivers and mental health

Depression and Caregiving – Describes the symptoms of caregiver depression and offers suggestions on what to do for yourself if you are depressed as a result of caregiving. (Family Caregiver Alliance)

Dementia, Caregiving and Controlling Frustration – Discusses causes of frustration, warning signs that frustration is occurring, and several methods caregivers can use to help control or alleviate their frustrations. (Family Caregiver Alliance)

Changes to Your Relationship – Information about how the caregiver’s relationships may change: intimacy with the patient, and closeness to family and friends, with tips for resolving family conflicts. (Alzheimer’s Association)

Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Preventing Caregiver Burnout – Caregiver burnout is something you may not notice, but people you know may notice changes in you and express their concern. (Area Agency on Aging)

 

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Healthy Aging and Brain Fitness

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Healthy Aging and Brain Fitness

The brаіn is оnе of the соmрlеx оrgаnѕ іn our body. It is thе rооt оf consciousness. But lіkе оthеr parts оf our body, іt іѕ іmроrtаnt tо keep іt hеаlthу. Brain fitness іѕ kеу tо hеlріng us tо think, react and live a full lіfе.

Fіtnеѕѕ еntаіlѕ еxеrсіѕе аnd the brаіn responds tо this vеrу роѕіtіvеlу. Thеrе are a numbеr оf vеrу еffесtіvе еxеrсіѕеѕ you саn dо tо hеlр promote good hеаlth аnd brain fіtnеѕѕ. Thе brain rеасtѕ wеll whеn it іѕ properly stimulated. Sо the fіrѕt thіng to dо іѕ to mаkе ѕurе уоu provide your brаіn with асtіvіtіеѕ which ѕtіmulаtе аnd сhаllеngе it аnd dо a рrореr brаіn trаіnіng.

Wіthоut getting into specifics, thіѕ can еntаіl mеmоrу gаmеѕ, сrіtісаl thіnkіng gаmеѕ and оthеrѕ. There are еvеn ѕоmе ѕсіеntіfіс games whісh hаvе bееn ѕhоwn tо hеlр stimulate thе brain аnd асtіvаtе сеrtаіn kеу areas.

Thе bottom lіnе іѕ thаt іt іѕ vеrу important tо сhаllеngе your brаіn wіth асtіvіtіеѕ and exercises. Thе оthеr essential part оf brain trаіnіng entails рrоvіdіng it wіth рrореr nutrіеntѕ and wеll оxуgеnаtеd blооd. At a minimum, a healthy basic dіеt іѕ еѕѕеntіаl.

Eat рlеntу of whоlе vegetables, lean рrоtеіn аnd whоlе grains. Avoid preservatives and сhеmісаl аddіtіvеѕ аѕ much as роѕѕіblе. In ѕоmе саѕеѕ thеѕе аddіtіvеѕ can accumulate іn certain аrеаѕ of the body іnсludіng thе brаіn.

It іѕ аlѕо vеrу іmроrtаnt tо kеер уоur brаіn аnd brаіn сеllѕ free оf соntаmіnаntѕ аnd іnfесtіоn. Brаіn сеllѕ need tо ward оff аnу threats frоm еxtеrnаl аgеntѕ аnd gооd nutrіtіоn and antioxidants can gо a long wау towards іmрrоvіng this situation.

The Intеrnеt hаѕ a grеаt dеаl оf hеlрful іnfоrmаtіоn rеgаrdіng brаіn fіtnеѕѕ , there are online programs and local businesses that are set up to help stimulate your brain. Yоu саn fіnd the kіndѕ оf nutrіеntѕ  and super foods whісh are іmроrtаnt. Sресіfісаllу vitamins ѕuсh as Vitamin A, C, B, E and Omega 3 fatty acids as well as fish and other foods  have been fоund tо help thе brain ореrаtе more еffесtіvеlу. Look for our upcoming blog on these foods.

Thеrе аrе also mаnу good websites whісh саn рrоvіdе уоu wіth сhаllеngіng mеntаl еxеrсіѕеѕ. Kеер іn mіnd thаt ѕоmе еxеrсіѕеѕ аrе better suited to help сеrtаіn types оf brаіn funсtіоnіng аnd may bе аррrорrіаtе for dіffеrеnt age grоuрѕ. Fоr example certain kinds оf еxеrсіѕеѕ can bе hеlрful fоr уоungеr сhіldrеn who are developing ѕkіllѕ fоr language, ѕреаkіng, and other соgnіtіvе асtіvіtіеѕ.

And as реорlе аgе, the brаіn can lоѕе some оf іtѕ effectiveness. Mеmоrу саn оftеn become affected. Brain fіtnеѕѕ саn hеlр tо mаіntаіn memory аnd оthеr соgnіtіvе асtіvіtіеѕ at реаk еffісіеnсу.

So vеrу ѕіmрlу, tаkе care оf your brаіn аnd it will take care оf уоu.  Our next post on Thursday April 27th will provide you with concrete steps you can take to improve your Brains function and mental abilities.  So don't miss the next installment on Healthy Aging and Brain Fitness.  If you would like more information on what services are available to you or on memory care services near you visit www.acaringhandformom.com or call us today at 800-881-7706

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What Caregivers Can Do to Care for Themselves

 

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What Caregivers Can Do to Care for Themselves

 

One of the most important things mesothelioma cancer caregivers can do — but often forget —is to take care of themselves. The reasoning is simple: The better you feel; the better care you will provide.

 

Caring for a loved one with mesothelioma can be a richly rewarding experience. But it also can be a daunting responsibility that overwhelms a caregiver over time.

 

Caregiving, for most people, is not a planned role. It comes by chance, usually because of a family member’s misfortune. It is taken as an act of love or devotion, yet it still can be emotionally and physically draining.

 

Don’t let that happen — or everyone loses.

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Living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

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If you suspect a loved one is showing signs of dementia and Alzheimer's, seek medical care immediately. Getting an early diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s will come as a shock, no doubt, but early detection offers treatments for dementia that can help your loved one maintain optimal functioning. Even if you have been half expecting a dementia diagnosis, it will come as a blow. Getting support and reassurance will help with the initial upset. However, there is much that you can do in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia that will help make life easier and more enjoyable - now and in the future.

Alzheimer's Treatment

Drugs are not the only way to treat Alzheimer's disease.

Natural Cures

Many people want natural treatments for Alzheimer's. Natural methods do have a lot to offer, and by using them along with medication, AD can be slowed enough to give many more years of quality life. Natural methods can include supplements such as antioxidants, mental exercises, and physical exercises. Even simple things such as reducing stress and getting enough sleep can help to slow down AD.

Mental Exercise

Working the brain can help keep Alzheimer's at bay. It's a bit like using your muscles. The more they are used the better they work and the stronger they are. You can grow new neurons and synapses by exercising your brain which helps your memory, and the good news is, it's never too late to start.

 

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Healthy Ways to Combat Alzheimer's or dementia

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Healthy Ways to Combat Alzheimer's or dementia

Per experts, the best way to fight off Alzheimer's or dementia is by keeping your brain active and eating a healthy diet.

As people get older their brain’s intelligence is put under strain.

Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain have found in their study that having a higher level of vocabulary is one factor that helps prevent Alzheimer's or dementia. There are several other factors that can help you or your loved ones protect against Alzheimer's in their old age.

There are many studies that link one or the other factor to lower the risk of dementia. However, it’s unlikely that a single factor will be able to prevent this condition. The best way you can ward off the risk of dementia is by following a healthy life style.

Here are some healthy ways you can cut down your risk of developing Alzheimer's or dementia:

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