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Slow Walking Speed Could Be Indicator for Alzheimer’s – Smilecast 68

Slow Walking Speed Could Be Indicator for Alzheimer’s How fast elderly people walk may be related to the amount of amyloid plaques they have built up in their brains. These plaques are often associated with Alzheimer’s. So even if someone does not have the disease, their slow walking speed could be a risk indicator according to a study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study involved 128 people with an average age of 76 who did not have...

Duration: 00:00:39

Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – Drink Responsibly – Smilecast 67

Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – OK to Drink But Like Everything in Moderation Leave it to German researchers to conduct a study where they found that elderly adults who consume about two alcoholic beverages per day are at a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-drinkers. Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – who knew? Researchers said that study subjects were 30% less likely to develop dementia, and 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The study sampled...

Duration: 00:01:02

Fun and Different Activities for Seniors – Charlotte Today – Smilecast 66

Fun and Different Activities for Seniors – Charlotte Today Seeking out engaging and fun activities for seniors? Forget the novelties of gardening and golfing, and try a little something new with these fun ideas! This segment is from my appearance on the Charlotte Today Show. We discussed different categories of activities – exercise, activities that stimulate creativity, those that engage people socially, those that have a charity component, and finally those that contribute to lifelong...

Duration: 00:05:24

What We Can All Learn About Living in the Present – Smilecast 65

What We Can All Learn About Living in the Present My good friend Sandy Halperin, who has early onset Alzheimer’s was recently honored along with Sanjay Gupta, M.D. with the 2016 Proxmire Award, which recognizes national figures who have “demonstrated leadership and positively impacted public awareness around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.” A couple weeks before he accepted the award we had a 35 minute Skype call. In it he expressed concern about what he was going to say. Certainly...

Duration: 00:03:41

Gastric Bypass Surgery Can Lead to Alcohol Abuse – Smilecast 64

Gastric Bypass Surgery Can Lead to Alcohol Abuse Patients who had gastric bypass surgery faced double the risk for excessive drinking, according to a study released by in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The surgery shrinks the stomach’s size and attaches it to a lower portion of the intestine. That limits food intake and the body’s ability to absorb calories. Researchers believe it also changes how the body digests and metabolizes alcohol. Researchers asked nearly 2,000...

Duration: 00:01:32

Alcohol and Older Adults What You Don’t Know – Smilecast 63

Alcohol and Older Adults What You Don’t Know Alcohol and Older Adults – What You Don’t Know You can become more sensitive to drinking as you get older. The same amount consumed may have a greater effect on an older person than on someone who is younger. Heavy drinking can make some health problems worse. Common health problems that can be made worse include stroke, high blood pressure, memory loss, and mood disorders. Some medicines don’t mix. Many prescription, over-the-counter, and...

Duration: 00:00:54

Prepare Your Home for Aging in Place – Smilecast 61

Prepare Your Home for Aging in Place Here are a few simple improvements you can make to remain the king and queen of your castle. Prepare now for aging in place not in a nursing home. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. Most adults would prefer to age in place—that is, remain in their home of choice as long as...

Duration: 00:00:56

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER TAKING A Caregiver Cruise-Smilecast 60

Consider a Caregiver Cruise There are 66 million family caregivers in the U.S. alone; 70% are female and 25% are Millennials. They suffer worsened health than non-caregivers and 40-60% report symptoms of depression. Some caregivers, like my sister, pre-decease the ones for whom they care. Recently, my local church, through funding through my Rotary chapter, was given a sizeable grant to support their Monday respite program. To say they are bursting at the seams is an understatement. Family...

Duration: 00:01:23

Those With Advance Directives More Likely Seek Interventions-Smilecast 59

People Who Fill Out Advance Directives More Likely to Seek Interventions A study finds that nearly a third of people who fill out advance directives — a person’s wishes for end-of-life care — request medical interventions. The research from DePaul University was published by Craig M. Klugman, hair of DePaul’s Department of Health Sciences, and co-author Nicole M. Tolwin. No surprise, younger people requested interventions such as respiratory support or antibiotics more frequently than...

Duration: 00:00:52

When Advance Directive in Place Dying More Peaceful – Smilecast 58

Advance Directive in Place – Dying More Peaceful A Belgian study suggests that when a person has an advanced directive in place, dying is more peaceful. Advance care planning is considered a central component of good quality palliative care and especially relevant for people who lose the capacity to make decisions at the end of life. Investigators set out to investigate to what extent (1) advance care planning in the form of written advance patient directives and verbal communication with...

Duration: 00:01:02

Remember When – Looking Back on Your Caregiving Journey – Smilecast 30

Remember When I have had some time now to look back and remember when I was a caregiver to mom who passed away June 2, 2016. When the journey ends it can be confusing. And the last days of her life were intense, with hospitalizations, surgeries and hospice. Did I do the right things? Would she have been proud? In hindsight, yes I did with the enormous help of my wife. We had two wonderful services for mom, one in NC and one in Philly and everyone remarked how lovely and dignified they...

Duration: 00:02:27

Giving Back – Helping Other Caregivers – Smilecast 29

Giving Back When Kathy Caprino interviewed me for Forbes Magazine about caregiving, we spent some talking about giving back. It’s important that when you’re caregiving journey is over and even while you are in the midst of it that you reach out to others in a support community where all can lean on each other. There are lessons everyone is learning on the journey and they can be shared with each other to benefit the group. Whether its in a online or in-person format is irrelevant, The...

Duration: 00:02:44

Remember the Good not the Bad as a Caregiver – Smilecast 28

Remember the Good I admit to watching some reality TV and I even watched the Celebrity Apprentice, particularly when Leeza Gibbons was on. I believe she won money for her Alzheimer’s program. As she was taking care of her mother and as she counseled other caregivers, she always told them to concentrate on “what’s left, not what’s lost.” When you remember the good parts its helps you as a caregiver to concentrate on how to make the most of the day with a loved one. The post Remember the...

Duration: 00:02:27

Being Grateful – It’s an Every Day Thing – Smilecast 27

Being Grateful Every night before I go to sleep, I reflect on three things i am grateful for that day and then i pray. It has become a pretty engrained routine and encourage you to try it. Being grateful keeps us humble. And it helps us remember how good we really have it when we think about it. Today be aware of your activities, who you meet, and at the end of the day think about the things and the people you are grateful for today. It will become a habit. The post Being Grateful – It’s...

Duration: 00:02:52

Paying for Care – Smilecast 26

Paying for Care Paying for care. There are a lot of misconceptions. Let’s clear them up in the episode. People mistakenly think Medicare will somehow pay for your long term needs. It does in limited circumstances. Other than that you are on your own. Deplete your money and go on to Medicaid or buy long term care insurance if you can afford it. This is the elephant in the room that few want to talk about or prepare for so learn the lesson and prepare for your aging financially sooner. The...

Duration: 00:02:30

One Day at a Time – Smilecast 25 – The Aging Experience

One Day at a Time As a caregiver in order to turn your mindset from caregiving as burdens to caregiving as opportunity, you have to take one day at a time. We all have the same number of hours and when we enter a day with positive intention, we can accomplish so much. Each day choose life, a fit life, and find a support network to take care of you and come with you on the journey. Good luck. The post One Day at a Time – Smilecast 25 – The Aging Experience appeared first on The Aging...

Duration: 00:02:50

Smilecast 52 – Sound Health Radio – Caregiver Cruise and Caregiver Summit

My Interview on Sound Health Radio about our Caregiver Cruise and Caregiver Summit I was excited to participate in almost an hour-long radio broadcast on Sound Health. We talked about many issues from how I entered the business to lessons I have learned from elders. We did a deep dive into the Caregiver Smile Cruise and Smile Summit. But we also touched on aging issues in general as well as caregiving and even dived into Millennials who have taken on more caregiving duties. All in all it...

Duration: 00:58:08

Taking Care of Yourself – Smilecast 23

Taking Care of Yourself Every day we need to learn a lesson from our caregiving journey. As with the person in the story on Smilecast, it became clear that unlike himself, who could take care of his mom, he had no social support in place should he need care. Taking Care of Yourself – learning how to do when you don’t need it is key. Who will you have important family discussions with to assure your wishes are heard, documented and carried out? I already know who that is in my family! The...

Duration: 00:02:52

Traveling with Seniors, Charlotte Today – Smilecast 51

Traveling with Seniors With summer here it’s time to make vacation plans. When it comes to traveling with seniors, a little extra planning is necessary to assure that caregivers and seniors alike enjoy the vacation. I cover the following from my Charlotte Today segment: How can we know whether a senior is capable of handling a trip especially if it is an extended one or far away? How do you start planning? How do you choose where to go? Are there best places to go that are recommended by...

Duration: 00:04:50

New Caregiver – Stepping into the Role – Smilecast 22

New Caregiver Sometimes as in the case of my sister and my mother, you are thrust into becoming a caregiver. In my sister’s case, she had lung cancer as she was caregiving for mom. And when she passed I was caregiver to mom. Other times, you can see the caregiving coming but it’s not a crisis. You can become a new caregiver if you start to embrace the role early. For example, my 86 YO mother-in-law lives independently but she still needs help getting around because she does not drive. And...

Duration: 00:03:20

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