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Staving off dementia when you have mild cognitive impairment

This article was originally shared on Harvard Health Publishing.

The shift from this condition to dementia is not necessarily inevitable.

Will I get dementia? That common question takes on urgency if you have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a slight but noticeable change in memory and thinking skills. But the progression from MCI to dementia is not automatic. In fact, MCI is not always permanent. “It depends on the underlying cause,” says Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

What are the causes of MCI?

MCI is not dementia (see “What is dementia?”), but it’s not normal thinking, either. It often stems from disease or treatments for disease, including

  • degenerative brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease (in which case, MCI is often a precursor to dementia)
  • stroke or other vascular disease
  • traumatic brain injury
  • a medication side effect
  • an underlying health problem, such as sleep deprivation, depression, or anxiety.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a condition of persistent impairment in brain activities

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Well-being for Aging Seniors

Massage Therapy for Senior Citizens

Massage therapy can offer senior citizens a number of benefits that will greatly improve their sense of health and wellbeing. As the population continues to age, it is important to consider ways that we can work to improve the lives of those affected by the passing of time. A number of studies have shown that massage therapy can have a direct impact in managing the effects of aging. It has also shown promise in bringing comfort to those suffering from arthritis and other physical ailments.

As people age, they naturally become less active. This lack of physical activity can lead to the onset of other conditions which, if not dealt with, can greatly reduce their quality of life. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has been promoting the use of massage therapy for some time now. According to a recent study, there is a general awareness of massage therapy but a lack of understanding of its direct benefits.

In the case of senior citizens, there are a number of benefits that be derived from therapeutic massage. According to the Touch Research Institute, it is extremely useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, as it can facilitate relaxation and communication. In the case of arthritis sufferers, it can greatly assist in pain management and help increase range of motion. It also triggers natural joint lubrication, which is extremely important for those suffering from arthritis.

Massage therapy has also shown promise by helping to increase strength and muscle coordination. It can also greatly improve one’s posture by reducing muscle tension, which has the added benefit of assisting seniors with a higher quality of rest. Massage has also been known to boost one’s natural energy levels, along with their mental awareness. Study after study has shown that there is a place for massage therapy within the health care community.

More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of massage therapy. In an age where the common approach to pain management has been dominated by the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, massage therapy has shown to be an effective and natural solution to the ailments associated with process of aging.

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How stress can cause a

This article was originally posted on Women Living With Diabetes.

February is heart disease awareness month. In my last article, I promised that I would share how stress can cause heart disease.

I recall the first time I met a patient diagnosed with this condition more than seven years ago:

She was close to 80 years old. She came in

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What Kind of Gift Does Grandma or Grandpa Need or Want?

Chances are that Grandma and Grandpa both have more slippers, ties, hankies, and robes than they ever expect to use in the next decade. And, chances are that they don’t want one more thing that will go in a drawer or on the shelf in the closet.

What Grandma and Grandpa can really use is the gift of your time and your attention. Sometimes it is more than they can muster to just get the regular household chores done, or gather the fortitude to get the car out on wet or icy roads.

A bowl of cereal or a few crackers and some peanut butter appear to be a sufficient meal when the task of cooking something is just too much bother.

Can you imagine what that must feel like. Yes, that’s why many seniors today fight depression. They are overwhelmed and left alone with too much time and too little energy.

The sad thing is that when people do less and become idle, they also lose strength and endurance, making them more frail. So the cycle spirals downward.

That’s when families and friends can really show how much they care. Here at Keeping In Touch Solutions, we offer a daily call and that does wonders to the mental and physical health of seniors. Knowing that phone will ring and someone is genuinely interested in talking with them changes the daily outlook of many aging folks. Our Care Callers are much more than a robocall or recording, they touch hearts and become a reliable friendly person on the other end of the phone.

Families can give the gift of a daily call from a Keeping In Touch Solutions Care Caller. That gift would make a real difference – more than slippers or scarf!

In addition, family members can give love coupons that will also go a long way to improve physical and mental health in their aging family member. A coupon could be for something that has to be done around the house, but is too much or too challenging like cleaning out gutters, trimming bushes, planting the garden, or cleaning the carpets. Or, a coupon could be for outings of their choice: a trip to the fabric store, library, or a drive through the countryside to see the trees changing color. Coupons good for something each month – it’s not only a nice thing, it’s a promise that will be counted on and redeemed regularly.

By the time seniors reach their golden years, they no longer want things. In fact, many will tell you that priorities and those things that are important to them change. What was important when they were younger has lost its glitter and now relationships, friendships, caring and love are at the top of their lists.

So find a way to show Grandma and Grandpa how much you care. Give them time. Give them attention. Make new memories and you’ll find that, in the end, it will be a gift for all of you.

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Medications and Aging Adults

One thing that you can count on as you get older is being offered more and more prescription medications. Today, medications are used to keep so many chronic conditions under control:

  • high blood pressure,
  • heart ailments,
  • acid reflux and digestive issues,
  • diabetes,

and so many others that it would be impossible to list them all.

Here at Keeping In Touch Solutions, we know what a challenge it can be to stay on top of the meds, the doses, interactions and everything else. But it’s really important because medications are powerful and can have adverse implications. We want to remind you to…

 

Because this is such an important issue, we make medication reminders a part of our daily call service and we’ve had clients tell us how much that has meant to them.

We are glad to be of service! Don’t spend another day worrying about your aging loved ones or yourself living alone. Sign up for Keeping In Touch Solutions Daily Check-in Call service.

If you want more information, don’t hesitate to sign up for a complimentary consultation. It’s a few minutes that could really change life for you and for someone you love!

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Do you know what is the No. 1 cause of injury to aging adults today?

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How would Mom manage if she fell?

Falls result in the most emergency room visits for people as they get older. And once a senior has taken one spill, they live in fear of having more

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