Every 67 seconds in America, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. There is currently no cure for the disease and unless one is found, that number will soar to every 33 seconds by the year 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
More research is needed before scientific experts can definitively say that preventive strategies are useful. In her recent Huffington Post article, “5 Ways You Can Help Reduce the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease,” Sunrise Senior Living’s VP of Memory Care & Programming Services, Rita Altman, explains there are five main things that we can all do right now to reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
- Eat a brain healthy diet.
- Make exercise a regular part of your day.
- Manage your stress.
- Keep learning.
- Protect your brain.
As National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month comes to a close this November, let’s not forget the importance of finding a cure, which requires more funding to support continued research. Until a cure is found, taking these proactive measures may help promote healthy brain aging, as well as overall physical well-being.
I have the pleasure of speaking with many adult children every day. As a senior resource counselor, I am thrilled to be a resource to each of these personal journeys into the world of assisted living. One common theme I hear is adult children wanting to let this decision be made by their parent. While I see why children may feel this is best, I often see that it causes mom or dad to move in to assisted living as a result of a crisis, which leads to a very stressful introduction to assisted living. Loved ones can avoid this unhappy and stressful moving frenzy with a little advance planning.
The Apple Watch has a few different capabilities seniors can get excited about. Though the watch won't be released until early 2015, it's currently being touted as the latest and greatest in top wearable technology. Unlike other Apple products of the past, the watch is now making the company focus on health. With that focus, Apple decided to turn a their dream into a reality: tracking your health from your wrist. This concept could permanently affect the way caregivers manage loved ones' health as well as their own.
Caring for family members or loved ones in their senior years can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Of course, that's not to say that the responsibility of taking on a caregiver role doesn't bring its own set of challenges. Especially in instances where a senior family member may have a chronic or long-term medical condition, family caregivers can often find themselves experiencing financial, social or emotional stress. Fortunately, National Family Caregiver Month aims to recognize the contributions and efforts of these stalwart family members who have given so much to be there for their older loved ones.
A survey, funded by Amgen Canada, recently revealed that caregivers in Canada may not be too pleased with the current health care system and are looking for change. The findings were uncovered by the Canadian Association of Retirement Persons and the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. The results were presented at the Toronto Region Board of Trade at the end of October 2014.