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Long Distance Caregiving – From Charlotte Today – Podcast 118

Long Distance Caregiving Research indicates that long distance caregiving actually costs more money. Travel expenses, paying for in-home caregivers, etc. attribute to some of those. I’m well acquainted with the latter reason. When my mom lived in Florida, and before she moved to North Carolina to be with me, my wife and I paid for her to live in a condo that we bought. While the context of this podcast is about mom or dad living at home, you still have to be just as vigilant if mom or dad...


Healthy Heart When Young = Healthy Brain When Older-Smilecast 116

Healthy Heart in 20s = Healthy Brain in 40s People who take simple steps to keep a healthy heart in young adulthood, such as exercising, eating a healthy diet and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, may keep their brain from shrinking decades later. People who take care of their heart health in young adulthood may have larger brains in middle-age, compared to people who do not take care of their heart health, according to a study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the...


Poor Sleep and Alzheimer’s Implications-Smilecast 115

Poor Sleep May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer’s Poor sleep may be a sign that people who are otherwise healthy may be more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life than people who do not have sleep problems, according to a study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers have found a link between sleep disturbances and biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease found in the spinal fluid. “Previous evidence has shown that sleep...


Young Caregivers – Charlotte Today – April 5, 2018

Young Caregivers – A Startling Amount of Kids are Taking Care of Adults This may surprise you but about 1.4 million children between ages 8 and 18 are caregivers nationwide. Most often, the family member is a parent or grandparent, with a condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia; heart, lung or kidney disease; arthritis or diabetes. There are several reasons why we have so many young caregivers. In families with limited resources who are not eligible for or refuse home care,...


Music Therapy Improves Dementia – Try My Concerts at Home – Smilecast 114

Music Therapy Through One on One Concerts Personalized music therapy may help decrease antipsychotic use and improve dementia symptoms in individuals with dementia according to a new study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. “Results from this study offer the first evidence that the M&M [Music and Memory] individualized music therapy program may be associated with reductions in antipsychotic and anxiolytic medication use as well as improvement in behavioral and psychological...


10 Steps to Coordinated Care for an Aging Loved One – Smilecast 113

10 Steps to Coordinated Care for an Aging Loved One It takes a village to care for an older adult especially if one lives with several chronic conditions. Experts in caregiving recommend to family caregivers to start planning early, long before a parent or older relative needs assistance, because if you wait until they need a lot of help, you’ll be caught off-guard and scrambling. Waiting until the last minute to find support will put you and the loved one in a precarious situation. In...


Bacteria in Gut May One Day Slow Aging-Smilecast 112

Want to Slow Aging? Check Your Gut! Slow aging might be possible one day with supplements derived from gut bacteria. Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have identified bacterial genes and compounds that extend the life of and also slow down the progression of tumors and the accumulation of amyloid-beta, a compound associated with Alzheimer’s disease, in the laboratory worm C. elegans. The study appears in the journal...


Multitasking Effectively and What It Means to Brain Health-Smilecast 111

Effective Multitasking Can Be Learned Although “multitasking” is a popular buzzword, research shows that only 2% of the population actually multitasks efficiently. Most of us just shift back and forth between different tasks, a process that requires our brains to refocus time and time again — and reduces overall productivity by a whopping 40%. New Tel Aviv University research identifies a brain mechanism that enables more efficient multitasking. The key to this is “reactivating the learned...


Extra-virgin Olive Oil Preserves Memory & Protects Brain-Smilecast 110

Temple University Study Provide More Proof of Benefits of Extra-virgin Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia. Now, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil, a major component of the Mediterranean diet. In a new...


Senior Sex-Folks Having Sex 1x a Week > Cognitive Function-Smilecast 109

Senior Sex – More Frequency, Better Outcomes New research found that older adults who reported having sex at least once each week got better scores on certain cognitive tests than those who reported having it only once per month or not at all. You can read the full story on senior sex here. I was a guest on a segment on Charlotte Today where we discussed this issue. I condensed a lot of that article into this blog – The post...


Caregiver Stress May Lead to Those Living with Dementia Dying Sooner – Smilecast 108

Caregiver Stress – Dementia patients may die sooner if family caregivers are mentally stressed People living with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2007 until 2016, UC Berkeley researchers tracked the mortality of 176 patients and measured the mental health of the family members who took care of them. Their findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy...



RETHINKING THE AGING PROCESS: 5 STEPS TO CONSCIOUS AGING As part of my Caregiver Smile Summit, I have had the pleasure of interviewing more than 50 experts in the health, aging and caregiving fields. Dr. Maria Zayas, a practicing psychologist and a faculty member of the Psychology Department at Brenau University, is one of those experts. Together we explored the topic of conscious aging. Caregivers Are People Too – Respect Them It’s Deeper Than Having Purpose – We’re the Stewards of Our...


Home Sharing – Is it for you? Charlotte Today

Home Sharing Catching On! Many baby boomers have a real desire to age in their own home, provided they are capable and it is safe. But sometimes the economic realities, the need for companionship and socialization, and even help around the house makes you want to consider a more formal senior community. Home sharing provides an alternative. More than 13 million people older 65 live alone, elder orphans. The number of older Americans who are homeless is growing too. In 2007, homeless people...

Moderate Alcohol Consumption-Live Longer Without Dementia – Smilecast 106

Moderate alcohol consumption helps people live longer without cognitive impairments. This is according to a University of California San Diego School of Medicine-led study in findings published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Previous studies have found a correlation between moderate alcohol intake and longevity. “This study is unique because we considered men and women’s cognitive health at late age and found that alcohol consumption is not only associated with...


How to Help People Who Are Grieving – Smilecast 105

In Grieving: How To Help A Senior Handle The Loss Of A Loved One Losing a spouse is a terribly difficult thing to go through at any age, but for seniors, the loss may hit particularly hard. Going through decades together builds a strong bond that many of us can only hope for in our own relationships, and a sudden loss can bring about grief, depression, anger, and physical issues such as loss of appetite and sleep. If you have a loved one who has recently lost a spouse, it’s important to...


Choosing Senior Care – Assisted Living – Smilecast 101

Choosing Assisted Living In this episode, taken from our appearance on the Charlotte Today Show, we talk about the differences in long-term care living. Used to be what people called the home was a skilled nursing facility. Now when making the reference, it is more likely to be an assisted living facility that someone is referencing. In the Smilecast we look at the differences and also explore related topics such as how you pay for long-term care too. The post Choosing Senior Care –...


Mediterranean Diet Good for Brain Health – Smilecast 100

Mediterranean Diet May Have Lasting Effects on Brain Health A new study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. The study was published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. But contrary to earlier studies, eating more fish and less meat was not related to changes in the brain. The Mediterranean diet includes large...


Falling Safely – Here’s How To Do It – Smilecast 99

Try Martial Arts to Learn Falling Safely Researchers say seniors with osteoporosis can use martial arts training to learn to learn about falling more safely. Testing the force of impact of a variety of different martial arts fall exercises, research subjects performed sideways and forward martial arts falls, which involve turning the fall into a rolling action, from a kneeling position on both a judo mat and a mattress, as well as from a standing position on a mattress. The force of impact...


What to Do with Mom and Dad’s Stuff – Charlotte Today

What to Do with Mom and Dad’s Stuff – from Charlotte Today As baby boomers grow older and start moving to smaller dwellings, children are faced with a dilemma – their parents’ possessions. Furniture, keepsakes and heirlooms that our parents want to pass on are often not wanted by the children. What do you do with all of mom and dad’s stuff and how do you approach the subject? The key to all things in the aging space is to have discussions earlier. Here is something to think about when...


MultiFocal Lenses Contribute to Falls – Smilecast 98

Reduce Risk by Switching from Multifocal Lenses to Single Focus Seniors who wear multifocal prescription glasses could reduce their risk of falling if they switch to a single-focus lens while walking outdoors. Researchers studied 606 seniors aged 65 and older who used such lenses while walking outdoors. Half the seniors were given single-focus prescription lenses to use while outside; half multifocal lenses. Overall, falls were reduced by 8% among the single-focus lens cohort. There was a...


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