Posts Tagged by Alzheimer’s
|August 29, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Alzheimer's Disease|
According to several studies, levels of a certain protein present in the brain, called amyloid, is thought to cause Alzheimer’s. Recently, another study was conducted where neurology researchers discovered a link between partaking in “brain-stimulating activities” and the development of that protein.
“Your lifestyle over the course of your lifetime may be critical in the development of Alzheimer’s disease,” University of California-Berkeley researcher and study author Dr. Susan Landau said. Her study has produced some valuable information about lifestyle, risk factors and the brain changes that occur with Alzheimer’s disease.
During the study, the researchers interviewed 65 healthy people and asked them about their reading, writing and game-playing habits throughout their lives, beginning at age six. These same people went through a brain scan that spots the amyloid protein. The study concluded that the more people read, wrote and played games, the less of the protein was present in the brain. Dr. Landau says, “game playing can be anything that stimulates the brain — whether it is a game of Sudoku, a crossword puzzle or even Angry Birds.” Physical activity has also shown to have a multitude of benefits on the brain, increasing its muscle activity and providing longevity.
No emphasis was put on what kind of stimulating activity was done, but rather the age when the activity took place. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and with the aging population growing more and more with each passing year, studies like these are so important to help determine how to stop and maybe prevent the disease.
While the study emphasizes that these results pertain to a lifetime’s worth of brain stimulation, most experts believe that it is never too late to get active. Even with a diagnosis and progression of Alzheimer’s there are Activity Paks like ours, designed to engage with Alzheimer’s patients and stimulate brain function. It includes an Activity Pillow, 2 levels of Therapy Putty and a book filled with activity ideas! This month we are offering 10% off our EZ Paks, so make sure and get your loved ones before it’s September!
|August 9, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Alzheimer's Disease|
It’s not uncommon to see a blind person get assistance from a dog. But according to some recent studies conducted in Scotland, service dogs can now put dementia assistance on their canine abilities list. And better yet, the training has seen some remarkable results.
How does the process work? Well dogs can be trained to assist patients with Alzheimer’s by helping them remember where their clothes are, what time and where to take their medication (by bringing it to them in pouches), and they can come to the rescue in any situation that requires emergency help.
The idea first came about by the efforts of two students from the Glasgow School of Art who were asked to come up with products to help people with dementia. Helen McCain of Dogs for the Disabled who has been an active member in this research and training along with Alzheimer Scotland and Guide Dogs Scotland, said they plan to train two dogs for 18 months, and observe the results. “Dogs love routine. They love that predictability.” So they will train them by using different noises that trigger responses that assist with the different needs of the Alzheimers’ patients.
When an alarm goes off, dogs nudge their owners until they realize what is going on and that they need to do whatever note is next to the alarm or take their medication. According to the families who have Golden retriever Oscar and Labrador Kaspa, the dogs have joined the caregiving efforts for the past four months, and things couldn’t be going better.
Kaspa is helping Ken, and his wife Glenys take a huge weight off their shoulders caregivers. “Kaspa is the best thing that’s ever happened to us,” said Glenys. “We can go shopping and the dog will sit with Ken. I don’t need to worry about him. We’re both more relaxed.”
Oscar is helping Maureen, who got frustrated and embarrassed when she couldn’t hold conversations. It started causing friction between her and her husband Frank. “Before we had the dog, I did get frustrated,” added Frank, “but the dog acts as a buffer between (us). If it works out and eventually, down the line, it becomes normal for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia to have a dogs, I think it will be a fantastic achievement.”
As for the future, companies are working with Banbury-based Dogs for the Disabled and Guide Dogs Scotland to identify suitable couples and dogs, with the help of extra funding from the Design Council and the Scottish government. Due to the success of the first two dogs, training has already begun on two more.
|June 28, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Top Products|
Getting dressed is a routine task – until it takes too long to button a shirt or it’s too painful to put on a shoe. Getting dressed in the morning can become more of a challenge due to a health condition, like arthritis or Parkinsons. The dexterity of our fingers and extremities lessons as we age or cope with a disease. The day does not have to start with frustration anymore.
EZ Mornings Tool Pak fills your arsenal with everything you need to independently get dressed without frustration or pain. Each tool works to create an easier experience by combating arthritis pain or Parkinson’s tremors. They can even simplify your morning after hip or knee surgery! Keep these tools close and everything from putting on socks to zipping up jackets becomes a breeze!
Took Pak Includes:
Stainless Steel Shoehorn: Reaching down to put on your shoes can often be challenging and some times painful. This 18″ shoehorn helps to slip your foot into your favorite shoe without stressing your body.
Button Hook and Zipper Pull: Aging and various health conditions can change how easily our fingers work. This button hook and zipper pull helps someone button and zipper shirts and pants. On one side, the button loops easily closes buttons while the brass zipper hook on the other pulls zippers without hassle.
Sock Aid: Much like the challenge of shoes, bending the knee or hip to put on a pair of socks can be frustrating as we age. This two cord sock aid helps pull on socks or nylons without requiring you to bend at the knee or hip!
Spiral Shoelaces: The daily task of tying one’s shoes can cause increase frustration with the onset of arthritis or other hand dexterity challenges. Spiral shoelaces change how you think about your favorite laced shoes! Simply lace them through your shoes like traditional laces, pull to tighten and never worry about tying your shoes again!
Zipper Pull Ring: Zipper pull rings link permanently or temporarily to any zipper of your choice. The large ring makes it easy to zipper a jacket or bag whenever needed! The ring itself is made from an attractive brass metal.
|April 12, 2013||Posted by Ronni under Top Products|
Wandering is a very dangerous possibility for people who are autistic or suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Autistic Adults often have what is commonly referred to as “a one track mind.” They get one thought or need in their head, and they go. They do not always communicate their wants or needs or thoughts to a caregiver and wander away – often times from their own home. Alzheimer’s or dementia patients wander because they become confused by their surroundings and want to “go home”. In both cases, wandering away from care is dangerous and scary for you and them.
Wandering away from home can be prevented. Placing an alarmed floor mat in front of an outside door can immediately alert the caregiver to someone leaving, or entering, a home. The AliMed Nonslip Floor Alarm Mat with a Remote Alarm comes in four different colors, allowing you to find the perfect one for your home decor! The sensor pad is guaranteed for up to 6 months, but you can inexpensively replace the the pad without purchasing a new mat and alarm. It’s an easy, conspicuous way to monitor a caree without distracting you from your daily tasks unless needed.
|January 25, 2013||Posted by Ronni under Aging, Top Products|
Aging brings new challenges. These challenges can often present themselves in the form of aches and pains. Bending down, walking up stairs, sitting in a car or even getting dressed can be harder and harder as our bones and joints become less willing to do what we ask them too. The hips and knee joints, tendons and muscles often show the signs of aging the most. They even make simple tasks like sitting down to go to the bathroom a painful experience.
Adding height to your toilet is a simple answer when the pain of sitting down and getting up can be too much to bear. There are so many toilet safety aids that can be purchased to give height to the toilet or assist in getting up and sitting down. A vast majority of them would sit on the top of the toilet seat. For many people, this can be embarrassing. No one wants to admit they are getting old, and they definitely do not want have a seat riser sitting on their toilet when guests come to their home. So how do you raise the toilet and still maintain dignity? The Toilevator.
The Toilevator is our most popular toilet riser. It’s dignified way to raise a toilet, making it easier to sit down and stand up without a “neon sign” sitting on the toilet seat. It will boost any toilet, elongated or standard, by 3.5 inches. It is made from a sturdy composite plastic that blends in beautifully with any bathroom. It comes in an off-white, but it can easily be painted to match any decore – from pearl white to pale pink. This raises the toilet and the dignity of your loved one. Best of all – it comes with EVERY component needed for installation. Although it can be installed easily, we do recommend scheduling an installation appointment with a professional plumber.
EasierLiving’s Caregiver Experts recommend the Toilevator for anyone who experiences pain or balance difficulty while sitting down or getting up from the toilet. This can be a result of several conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, hip or knee replacement surgery, arthritis and general degeneration of aging.
You can purchase the Toilevator on EasierLiving.com for the low price of $79.95. Ground shipping is a standard rate of $9.99, but expedited shipping is subject to increased fees. You can call us at 1-855-493-9856, chat with us through our chat feature on the website, email us at email@example.com or just place your order! This is a NON-RETURNABLE product – so we recommend you read the spec sheets and measure your toilet before purchasing.
|December 18, 2012||Posted by Ronni under Alzheimer's Disease|
Creating a safe environment for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is critical, especially if you care for your loved one in your home. As your loved one moves through the stages of the Alzheimer’s Disease, the needs for heightened safety throughout the home. From the tool shed in the back yard to the hair straightener in the bathroom, potential injuries for your loved one live everywhere in your home. Alzheimer’s often times can keep someone from rationalizing what is safe and what is unsafe. The key is to be prepared, vigilant and willing to adapt.
4 Tips to Keeping a Loved One Safe at Home
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Whether in the bathroom, living room or kitchen, appliances can pose a threat to your loved one’s safety. Keep appliances like razors, hair straighteners, heated blankets and blenders in cabinets, drawers and closets when not in use. This can limit the curiosity of your loved one in anything can is potentially harmful.
- Lock it Up. Utilize locking systems on tool sheds outside, tool boxes in your garage and cabinets and closets with appliances. Anything that could potentially put your loved one in danger should be stored safely. You can do this with traditional locks, child locks or padlocks. Keep the keys, along with your car keys, in a safe place away from every day living areas.
- Collect the Clutter. Keep random objects out of your loved one’s reach by keeping the clutter out of the main living areas. The more simple your house is decorated, the less danger your loved one will be in. This could also include securing your interior decorations – such as area rugs or top weight lamps. Keep the pathways free from tables and decorations, to minimize falling hazards. Also shy from adding new elements to your home – your loved one will need normalcy to stay calm.
- Create Contrast! Adding bright, contrasting colors will help to keep a loved one with Alzheimer’s calm. Sometimes, people with the disease can interpret large dark areas as large holes. By keeping bedding, sitting areas and frequented rooms bright and contrasting, your loved one will be more apt to enter and be more content there. Caregivers may want to refrain from wearing a lot of black or dark browns. This will help your loved one communicate positively with you!
|November 22, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Alzheimer's Disease|
As of now, The National Institute of Health says that there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that your diet can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Many researchers believe, however, that the food you eat can help save your memory and keep your brain healthy.
5 Foods that May Keep Your Brain Healthy
- Oil-based salad dressings. This is high vitamin E, which helps protect nerve cells, which starts to die in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.
- Fish. Docosahexaenoic acid in fish is important for the normal functioning of nerve cells in the brain.
- Dark green leafy vegetables. For example, a half-cup of cooked spinach has 25% of your daily vitamin E intake!
- Avocados. They are rich in both vitamin E and vitamin C—and are associated with a lower risk ofdeveloping Alzheimer’s.
- Berries. The latest research from the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston found that blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries could help stop age-related cognitive decline.
|November 13, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Alzheimer's Disease|
Eating is a common problem for someone suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease. Your loved one may be overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or have difficulty using eating utensils. Here are some tips to help make mealtimes easier for your loved one with Alzheimer’s:
- Serve meals in a quiet place away from the television. Avoid placing many items on the table and do your best to the table setting simple. It is important to limit distractions as best as you can.
- Serve only one or two foods at a time in order to avoid confusion or overwhelming your loved one with Alzheimer’s. For example, serve mashed potatoes followed by meat.
- Be flexible to food preferences and remember that a person with dementia may suddenly change their food preferences orreject foods that they previously enjoyed.
- Give your loved one sufficient time to eat. Be patient, and know that it could take them an hour or more to finish their food.
- Eat together and make meals a social event that everyone will look forward to. Research shows that people eat better when they are in the company of others.
- Change the color of the plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Research shows: red dining ware can increase food and beverage intake of people with Alzheimer’s.
|September 26, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Alzheimer's Disease|
Dementia is defined as a chronic disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning, but this doesn’t mean that you should freak out if you start losing your keys more often. If you think you might have dementia, at least two of these functions will be significantly impaired:
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Reasoning and judgment
- Visual perception
Many times, these symptoms will start out slowly and progressively get worse. If you do have these symptoms, seek professional evaluation right away. And even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments.
|August 29, 2012||Posted by Ronni under Alzheimer's Disease, Prepare for Care|
Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips at a Glance
Stages of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
Expert Caregiver Tips
|Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3:No Impairment
Very Mild Cognitive Decline
Mild Cognitive Decline
|Stage 4:Moderate Cognitive Decline||
|Stage 5:Moderately Severe Cognitive Decline||
|Stage 6 and Stage 7:Severe Cognitive Decline
Very Severe Cognitive Decline