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There are a number of age-related concerns that can have an impact on senior nutrition, but new research is revealing that it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy diet for seniors: the potential impact on cognitive function. And it may surprise you to learn that malnutrition in seniors is actually quite common. Per the National Resource on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging, as many as of 35 to 50 percent of the senior residents in long-term care facilities are faced with malnutrition, along with as many as 65 percent of older hospitalized adults.
Malnourished seniors are twice as prone to visit the physician, and three times as prone to being hospitalized. They also experience decreased muscle strength and poor healing. And that’s not all; a recent study points to the role of a healthy diet for seniors in cognitive functioning as well. Healthy Aging and Longevity research reveals a disturbing link between the dietary patterns we establish during our adult years, and age-related cognitive decline and dementia risk.
To reduce the risk of developing dementia, the recommendation is for seniors to maintain a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, cereals and fish, and low in saturated fats.
Of particular note: seniors with diabetes are particularly sensitive to the foods they eat. An older person with diabetes will, for instance, experience a decline in memory function following a meal, especially when consuming simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, soft drinks, candy, etc. While the specific physiological mechanisms underlying these dietary effects are not fully known, the modulation of brain insulin is more than likely a factor.
Making the best decisions about your diet today can be beneficial in reducing the risk for cognitive decline in later years. Follow the steps below to help improve nutrition for the seniors you love now:
- Choose healthy options at each meal; for instance, replace simple carbs with complex ones (green vegetables, whole grains, beans, etc.)
- Stick to a healthy weight and BMI
- Control blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Exercise routinely
- Seek help from a dietitian or the experts in elderly care in Phoenix and the surrounding areas at Endeavor In-Home Care
Although it may be easier for seniors to grab a quick snack than to prepare a healthy meal, partnering with Endeavor In-Home Care can help ensure nutritious options are always on hand. We can pick up groceries (or provide transportation and accompaniment for the senior to go shopping), plan and prepare wholesome meals, and even clean up the kitchen afterwards. Contact us at 480-498-2324 to learn more about our personalized, professional in-home care services for seniors in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.
Although an astounding number of older adults are dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, an even greater number of family members are struggling with caring for them. Surprisingly, nearly 75% of family caregivers are managing their senior loved ones’ dementia care needs by themselves, with only 26% reaching out for professional care support.
Naturally, families want to do all they can to satisfy their senior loved ones’ needs, but dementia caregiving can result in an exceedingly high level of both mental and physical stress. This takes a toll regarding the caregivers’ own general health over time, specifically when the disease progresses. And many family members think there is an all-or-nothing approach: either oversee the senior’s needs at home, or face moving him or her into residential care.
Endeavor Home Care, fortunately, offers an alternative that is beneficial to seniors with dementia and to their family caregivers: the addition of certified in-home dementia caregivers to offer as much or as little respite care as needed. Read on to learn more about why dementia care at home is highly beneficial:
- Highly trained care. Because our care providers are both skilled and experienced in the numerous intricate components of Alzheimer’s disease, along with other types of dementia, they can proactively cope with, and more successfully manage, even the most challenging of behaviors, like wandering, aggression, and sundowning, among others.
- Enhanced safety. The possibility of accidents is increased for everyone with dementia. Even something which seems as easy as helping your family member into the shower or onto the toilet may pose a dangerous fall risk. Trained caregivers understand how to look for and prevent falls, keeping both you and your cherished loved one safe from personal injury.
- Sustainable aging in place. Sometimes, family caregivers become so stressed with attempting to meet all of a senior loved one’s needs in tandem with their own that a move to a residential dementia care facility seems inevitable. But working together with a specialist in dementia care opens up the possibility of long-term, effective care in the home.
- Ease of mind. Understanding your loved one is in capable hands allows you to take a breath, relax, and step away from the stresses of caregiving in order to alleviate stress and the prospect of caregiver burnout and depression.
It’s best to look into in-home dementia care choices at the beginning of the disease, to accommodate a more seamless transition and also to make certain that your loved one receives the best dementia care at home from the start. Contact our Mesa senior care team at 480-498-2324 to ask about a consultation in the comfort of home, where we can establish a highly individualized plan of care that will improve wellbeing for your loved one today, and as needs change in the future. See our full Arizona service area at the bottom of our website.
The most up-to-date Alzheimer’s statistics are worrying. The disease has become the 6th leading cause of death, rising above both breast and prostate cancer together. And while deaths from several chronic conditions, including cardiovascular illnesses, are declining, those from Alzheimer’s have jumped more than 100%. The toll the disease takes on family caregivers is similarly staggering, with more than 16 million Americans supplying over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a member of the family with Alzheimer’s.
Although we’ve yet to find a cure for the disease, there are two distinct types of Alzheimer’s treatments which can help reduce a number of the more prevalent signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. In the event a senior you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, listed below are two options the doctor may suggest:
- Cholinesterase inhibitors: By hindering the breakdown of acetylcholine, a compound required for memory, attention, learning and muscle activity, these prescription drugs can provide some success for the mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s for some patients. Dr. Zaldy Tan, medical director for the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, warns however, to be aware that results are going to be limited at best. “The best case scenario is that the patient’s memory and cognitive function may improve slightly to what it was six months to a year ago – it’s not going to turn back time,” he explains. Included in this class of medications are galantamine (Razadyne), donepezil (Aricept) and rivastigmine (Exelon).
- Memantine: In the moderate to severe stages of the disease, the doctor may recommend memantine (Namenda) which takes an alternative approach compared to the cholinesterase inhibitors, avoiding the overstimulation of glutamate NMDA receptors which often will help restore limited memory functionality. Doctors will frequently add memantine to a patient’s care plan alongside a cholinesterase inhibitor once the disease advances.
Determining the effectiveness of these treatments takes patience, as each takes 4 to 6 weeks before benefits is will be realized. And, it is crucial to weigh the benefits against any negative effects, which could include confusion and constipation in memantine, and nausea, vomiting and a reduced heart rate with cholinesterase inhibitors.
One of the best ways to help individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease live life to the fullest is through employing the services of a specially trained caregiver who understands and will help manage the assorted struggles of dementia. Contact Endeavor Home Care at 480-498-2324 for more information on our professional, compassionate Phoenix home care services and learn how we can help a family member with Alzheimer’s.
A ‘Caregiver’ is someone who provides any type of physical or emotional care for a loved one or someone with health impairments. Alzheimer’s in the US is on the rise and there are currently over 5 million people diagnosed with the most feared disease for people over 65. Many people are overwhelmed when faced with the need to suddenly care for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. But HOPE is on the horizon!
The Endeavor Cognitive Health Series is offering a lecture designed to enhance understanding of Alzheimer’s and will explain the various other types of Dementia. We will focus on:
- Treatment Options
All of these topics will be addressed in a language that can be understood by all and is designed to point people in the right direction for information, care options and treatments.
This Endeavor Cognitive Health Series is FREE to the public and is open for individuals interested in the topics, family caregivers and professionals. The lecture will be on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Scottsdale Mustang Library (10101 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85258). We will be pleased to hear from Brian Browne, MS, CSA who is currently serving as the Director of Education and Outreach at Banner Research and the President of Dementia Care Education. Mr. Browne has expertise in interpreting the cognitive science of Alzheimer’s and Dementia and offers education, training and research statistics in a way attendees will understand.
Join us to hear from an industry expert on Alzheimer’s and Dementia cognitive health. Seating is limited and there will be light refreshments served. Please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324 and contact us for any questions on topics in the lecture series.
Are you or someone you love experiencing memory loss?
Alzheimer’s and other various types of Dementia are becoming very common and is one of the most feared diseases for people over 65 years of age. Currently in the United States there are over 5 million people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Enhancing your understanding of common symptoms, the path for diagnosis and disease progression and the best care and treatment options available are important.
The Endeavor Cognitive Health Lecture Series is once again offering the ABC’s of Alzheimer’s and Dementia lecture topic for the public in Gilbert, AZ. Please join us for a FREE lecture that is open to the public and is meant for medical professionals, caregivers, friends and family who are searching for resources and guidance about cognitive health from an industry expert.
Lecture Speaker: Brian Browne, MS, CSA
Brian Browne experience in cognitive health has made him a frequent lecturer around the country sharing his expertise in dementia care education and training, Alzheimer’s research, and healthy living for the aging. He is the Director of Education and Outreach at Banner Research and the President of Dementia Care Education.
When: January 11, 2017
Where: The Falls Event Center (4635 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234)
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Light Refreshments will be served and we ask that you please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324. Endeavor In-Home Care will continue to bring these types of lectures to the public to make needed cognitive resources available. Please contact us for future topics on Dementia Care in Gilbert or to share topics that would be beneficial to hear about.
Your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia- NOW WHAT?!
When a person with Dementia finds that their ability to remember is declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them- including their family, friends and caregivers- need to do everything they can to help the person retain their sense of health, identity and feelings of self-worth. As the disease progresses, caring for someone with Dementia becomes increasingly more difficult. Join us and discover facts about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
The Endeavor Cognitive Health Series is back and will be offering a FREE morning lecture on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 10:00am to noon at Leisure World in Mesa (908 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206) Brian Browne, MS, CSA will help attendees discover how common Dementia symptoms can be managed as well as coping techniques and other caregiver strategies to help you and your loved ones find success. Light refreshments will be served and this lecture is available to the public and all friends and family are welcome.
Please join us for this lecture to learn more about cognitive health from an industry expert. Seating is limited so please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324. Please contact us for any questions on future topics in this lecture series.
Does nutrition play a role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s?
Researches across the world are racing towards a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But as the prevalence rates for Alzheimer’s increase, the focus of research has broadened from treatment to prevention strategies. It has been discovered that it may be possible to prevent or delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias though a combination of diet and nutrition. Join us and learn more about how what you eat and what you do can reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s.
The Endeavor Cognitive Health Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 10:00am–noon at Leisure World in Mesa (908 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206). At this FREE morning lecture we will hear from Brian Browne who will offer cutting edge research and information from an industry expert’s point of view. This lecture is open to the public and there will be light refreshments served.
Our lecture speaker, Brian Browne MS, CSA, directs education and community outreach initiatives within the science, business and lay communities. As the Director of Education and Outreach at Banner Research and President of Dementia Care Education, he creates partnerships as he interprets dementia and Alzheimer’s science for the community.
The Endeavor In-Home Care team brings this Cognitive Health Lecture Series to the public and welcomes anyone interested in receiving more information on the various topics. This will be the last lecture until we begin again in January 2017. Please contact us for the future topics that will be in this lecture series. There is limited space available for the lectures so please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324.
Are you or someone you love experiencing memory loss?
If so, you are invited to attend a FREE lecture on the ABC’s of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
This lecture is designed to enhance understanding of Alzheimer’s and will explain the various other types of dementia- including symptoms, diagnosis, disease progression and treatment options- all in a language we can all understand! Alzheimer’s disease is the most feared disease for people over 65 but hope is on the horizon. Over 5 million are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. This lecture is designed to point people in the right direction for information, care and treatment.
The free evening lecture will be given by Brian Browne, MS, CSA who is an industry leader on cognitive health. We encourage professionals, family caregivers, friends or anyone needing resources and guidance on this topic to attend- all are welcome!
- When: November 7, 2016
- Where: Room G2 at the Arizona Community Church in Tempe, AZ (9325 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85284)
- Time: Light Dinner & Mingling from 5:00–7:30pm; Lecture is from 5:30-7:30pm
Brian Browne is the Director of Education and Outreach at Banner Research and the President of Dementia Care Education. Brian directs education and community outreach initiatives within the science, business and lay communities. In this capacity he interprets the science to the Local, national and international community and creates mutually beneficial strategic partnerships. Brian is a frequent lecturer at meetings and conferences around the country and has expertise in Dementia Care Education and training and Alzheimer’s research.
The Endeavor In-Home Care team in Alzheimer’s care in Chandler, AZ brings amazing education directly to the community with our Cognitive Health Lecture Series so needed resources are readily available to the public. There is limited space available at this event, so please RSVP by calling 480-498-2324.
If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, you may eventually need to seek senior in-home care assistance. As dementia progresses, patients may no longer be able to feed, clothe, or bathe themselves, and they are at a higher risk of falls, illnesses, injuries, and wandering away from familiar areas. Here is a look at wandering in people with dementia.
What Increases the Risk of Wandering?
If your loved one can no longer remember things accurately, he may be at risk of wandering. Any dementia patient who is mobile, even those who are in the earliest stages of dementia, may become disoriented and confused. Once a doctor has given your loved one a diagnosis of dementia, you should begin planning ahead to lower his risk of wandering and injuries. An elderly in-home care specialist can provide home care assistance that may lower this risk.
What Are the Warning Signs of Wandering?
You should also keep an eye out for the early warning signs of wandering. Speak to your loved one’s doctor about hiring a senior in-home care aide if your loved one begins returning from scheduled activities later than usual, is restless, has trouble locating familiar rooms or places, appears lost in a new environment, or makes repetitive movements or motions with no purpose. Your loved one may also say that he wants to go home, or to another familiar place, when he is already there.
How Can You Prevent Wandering?
You can prevent wandering by working closely with your loved one’s doctor to track and recognize patterns and changes in behavior. You should also be aware of when it is necessary to hire a home care aide or home care assistance. A senior in-home caregiver can monitor your loved one’s activities, assist with medication reminders and chores, and ensure that your loved one remains safe and cared for.
If you’re interested in learning more about in-home assistance in Phoenix, AZ, for a loved one with dementia, come see us at Endeavor Senior In-Home Care. Our experienced, compassionate in-home caregivers will help you determine what level of in-home assistance your loved one needs. Call us today at (877) 584-6162 to speak with a caregiver today.
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