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The Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimers

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Diabetes of the Brain

High blood sugar and it’s link to Alzheimer’s has been in more research lately.

The studies have expanded their investigation on how blood sugar affects the brain. The information has been so convincing that Alzheimer’s has been referred to as the “diabetes of the brain”.

Essentially, blood sugar damages the lining of blood vessels. In the eyes, this damage causes diabetic retinopathy. In the brain, cerebral blood vessels may also be damaged due to high blood sugar levels.

Recent studies suggest that the damage high blood sugar causes can put you at higher risk of developing Alheimer’s. Even the progress of Alzheimer’s may be affected by hyperglycemia. The risk is significant for those with type two diabetes.

Modified from an article by Dr. Alison O’Brien-Moran, ND

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#LoveWhatMatters – Beauty in Experience

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This is a story by Brandalyn Mae Porter

“Today I painted a new residents nails at work and as we were going over colors, she mentioned she wanted clear. The only thought that came to my mind was ‘CLEAR?! That’s no fun.’ I asked her why she wanted clear and she said,’My hands are ugly, I don’t want to draw attention to them.’ I then carefully responded with,’Your hands tell the story of your life. They tell the story of love, of care and adventure. These hands have touched and held things that most people can only wish to one day.’ And with that, she went with the color pink for her nails.
Sometimes what we are so insecure with, others find beauty in.”

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Bad Habits Forgotten – Story by Bareket Kezwer

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Sarah Markus was always telling jokes.

We laughed together constantly. As I grew up, we developed a routine: Grandma would tell a joke, I would laugh and she would respond, “I love you Bareket. I’ve trained you so well, you laugh at all my jokes.”

Sarah was a bright, lovely woman. Born in 1917, she arrived in Canada from Poland at the young age of 4 and picked Dec. 4, the first day of Hanukkah, as her birthday.

And for the last five years of her life she lived with dementia.

Caring for Sarah was challenging for my whole family, but even in her deteriorating state, Grandma maintained her sense of humor. She joked with young male doctors about taking her out on a date, quickly following up with a comment about her beautiful eligible granddaughter.

It’s difficult to find humor in the face of dementia, but it can bring lightness to the heaviest situation. Sarah, for example, had a very funny moment during her illness – even if she wasn’t aware of it. I share the story for two reasons: I hope it helps others find humor and lightness as they care for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. And because it would have made Sarah laugh.

My grandmother smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 60 years. Whenever we went to the apartment where Sarah and her older sister, Lillian, lived, my grandma would go in her bedroom when she wanted a cigarette and I would keep her company. I remember when I was really young, we would sit in the corner of her bedroom and I’d try on her jewelry and we’d talk about how incredible life would become when I learned how to read. I loved having her all to myself.

By 2008 when she was 91, Sarah had deteriorated significantly. She rarely got dressed or left the apartment. Her cognitive function was low. Her elderly sister was the primary caregiver, and even though Lillian had given up smoking in 1977, and even though my mother hated Sarah’s smoking, we used to buy cigarettes by the carton so that Lillian wouldn’t have to leave Grandma alone in the apartment to buy cigarettes.

One afternoon, we must have fallen behind in our deliveries because as Sarah and Lillian were sitting on the couch watching TV, Sarah said, “Lillian, where are my cigarettes? I want a cigarette.” Lillian responded, “Don’t you remember? You quit smoking 20 years ago.”

My grandmother thought about this for a moment, and then responded, “Oh, I must have forgot, I can’t remember things as well I used to.”

And she never smoked again.

Story by Bareket Kezwer

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Vitamin D and Alzheimers

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One study (Neurology, 2014) took a gander at blood tests of elderly grown-ups who had taken an interest in the US Cardiovascular Study. They contrasted gatherings and normal, inadequate and extremely insufficient vitamin D levels. Follow-up blood tests were taken a gander at and the discoveries were noteworthy, reasoning that “vitamin D lack is connected with a significantly expanded danger of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer ailment”.

Another study (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2014) took a gander at whether vitamin D3 has a neuroprotective part in sicknesses, for example, Alzheimer’s. Scientists found an extremely intriguing relationship between cerebrum pericytes (cells that wrap around the outside of our vessels) and vitamin D. Mind pericytes react to vitamin D by controlling the qualities that control neuroinflammation. Also, these pericytes react to aggravation by setting off a chain response that outcomes in more vitamin D being made! Indeed, even gentle reductions in vitamin D3 brought about huge increments in beta-amyloid, the central guilty party in plaques connected with Alzheimer’s malady (Journal of Neurodegenerative Diseases, 2014). In conclusion, vitamin D was found to try and back off movement of Alzheimer’s illness. Analysts have found that Alzheimer’s patients being treated with vitamin D were slower to advance from mellow to direct or extreme malady contrasted with the individuals who weren’t taking vitamin D (Vertex, 2014).

Taken from Alzlive

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Holistic Treatment for Chronic Pain

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Numerous people encounter constant and on-going physical inconveniences yet can work without an excessive number of confinements. Be that as it may, there are such a variety of other people who have incapacitating agony brought about by damage, maturing, or even infection. Americans expend around 80% of the world’s torment pills – and clearly this can prompt habit after some time and an intrinsic disregard to finding and treating the basic reason for the torment. It appears that North Americans have an “Is there something I can take” attitude and this seeps into an automatic reaction to sedate pharmaceutically. However, there are other options to medicine that every one of us ought to consider attempting. Amid Part 1 of our meeting, visitor Dr. Heather Tick MD, creator of Holistic Pain Relief: Dr. Tick’s Breakthrough Strategies to Manage and Eliminate Pain will examine her integrative way to deal with overseeing torment through an individualized torment assessment, dietary changes, rest, breathing, the effect of natural poisons and other snappy and simple fixes to oversee torment.

Reiderated from Alzlive

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No Maintenance Pets

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Hasbro has created a stuffed animal that behaves and reacts just like a pet cat would. For seniors with dementia, companionship can be hard to come by. Being social and interactive is so important to a persons well being and a companion of any sort can really make a difference to someone with limited activity.

Affection and stimulus is really important for anyone, especially when they are feeling vulnerable or scared. The good thing about the pet is that it will be a continuous companion. No need for scheduled visits, they can have the companion by their side the entire day.  By having something to look after, some people may have a higher sense of purpose as well. They

The cat itself purrs and snuggles in reaction to petting. It doesn’t require anything but batteries. Who knows what they will come up with next.

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Is the Person in the Mirror Unrecognizable?

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For those who suffer with dementia, regular day to day items may become obstacles that cause distress. For example, when memory is affected, they may begin to forget what they look like and find reflections in the mirror are people they do not know. The term for this occurrence is mirrored-self misidentification.

Depending on where the mirrors or reflections are located, they may get very upset that another person is intruding in their private space. For instance, in the bathroom, they might think that a stranger that they have not allowed in has appeared while they are changing. This may happen while people are actually helping and can cause disruption during care. In the living room, especially at night, there may be reflections in the windows and on the tv.

To ease this distress it is ok to remove the mirrors and obstruct the reflections. Keep hand held mirrors in drawers so they have the tool but it is not going to catch them off guard. You can put up towels over mirrors that are difficult to move, and close curtains during the evening. This may help reduce their stress about the strangers in reflections.

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Stay Safe while Driving (2)

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Driving can be hazardous for anyone. Seniors in particular face their own challenges due to the affects of aging. Driving hazards are actually one of the top four risks that seniors face according to one article. The article points out that drivers age sixty-five and older are in more accidents per mile than other age groups.

Some guidelines they suggested to stay safe are as follows:

- Have your car maintained regularly, including wipers, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid,  and tires.

- Bring a cellphone along for the ride in case of an emergency or you need to call for assistance.

- Listen to road updates on how certain routes may be unsafe in rough weather, such as icy roads or closures.

- Put together a safety kit in your car, with blanket, first aid kit, salt or sand, dried food, flashlight, shovel, booster cables, etc.

adapted from  -  http://comfortkeepers.ca/local-office/ontario/toronto/toronto-senior-safety-the-top-4-risks-for-seniors-and-the-elderly-during-inclement-weather/

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Stay Safe while Driving

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Seniors may have a reputation of being unsafe drivers due to stereotypes. Combat these stereotypes by staying safe on the road. Unfortunately, the aging process can affect your vision and hearing. You may decreased night time vision and depth perception. Some people may have arthritis that affects their ability to maneuver the steering wheel or other vehicle components.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe:

- Keep up to date with vision and hearing examinations

- Use your hearing aids and glasses while driving

- Take time to get use to new prescription eyeglasses

- Make sure your medication is taken properly and find out if certain medications can affect your driving. Certain medications have driving restrictions for a short term period.

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Marketing Team Advice

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There are so many levels of sales in the world and some are more delicate than others. For seniors there are many delicate issues. One being where they live.

In north America many seniors choose to downsize and find themselves a retirement community that will help them with their changing needs. This is more of a sensitive subject than some people realize. To seniors it may mean losing their independence, especially if illness is the reason they need to downsize. They lose their family home to something completely different.

A salesperson that ignores these important aspects is not going to come across well to buyers. The sales team needs to be sensitive to the other people in the building and make the selling process inclusive. Pressure needs to be taken off, because a family that is going through this process already has enough stress.

One great story that was recently published on May 22, 2016 is “Dear Director of Sales:”. It is about a daughter that went through finding a place for her mother who had Alzheimer’s. The sales team was not sensitive to her needs and made the process unnerving. It highlights how a marketing team can become as annoying as telemarketers and push away people that are looking for help.

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