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Antioxidants & Brain Health: Do Our Diets Increase Alzheimer’s or Dementia Risk

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 7:50:31 PM
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Consider managing the behavioral and cognitive symptoms of dementia rather than following unscientific remedies

Although no cure for Alzheimer’s or dementia is yet available, many people who are genetically predisposed or are in the early stages of these diseases look for alternative treatment methods. For many adults, memory and brain health become a primary concern. Memory games, such as puzzles or matching games, are one way seniors try to work their brains. While physical and cognitive exercises are good as we age, are there other lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?

Alternative Methods: What’s the big deal?

With a simple online search, you will quickly be bombarded with “natural” supplements, herbal remedies, and claims about home treatments for Alzheimer’s or dementia. These so-called treatments and prevention methods are harmful for a number of reasons. For one, these products and treatments are based on non-scientific research. There is no reputable proof that these memory enhancers or dementia-delay strategies are effective. Because these claims are not supported by science, the safety and effectiveness are not known. [Source] At worst, these false claims may cause more damage than good.

Does Increasing Antioxidants Have an Impact?

In the past, research seemed to indicate that increasing antioxidants in your diet could reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. The theory was that because Alzheimer’s is caused by damages to the brain’s pathways, fatty acids and antioxidants could repair early damages or prevent future deterioration. More recent studies indicate that antioxidant supplements do not have a significant impact on dementia prevention. [Source]

Positive Steps You Can Take

Although there is no treatment or way to entirely prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia, there are still many proactive ways to maintain brain health. Early detection and frequent check-ins with your senior’s doctor can help you both prepare for the future. Medical professionals and memory care facilities can offer advice and treatments for the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of dementia.

There are positive lifestyle changes you and your senior loved one can take to make living with Alzheimer’s or dementia more positive. Consider researching local memory care facilities and the services and resources they provide.

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For more information about  memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

ComfortCare Homes Hot Topics Continuing Education: Cardiovascular Disease

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 1:30:34 PM
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Join us February 20th for a free on-going education event

February is American Heart Health Month and Comfort Care Homes has made Cardiovascular disease the topic of this month’s Hot Topics continuing education program. Our theme of the Cardiovascular continuing education program is “The Heart of the Matter.” The program will address various aspects of heart health and identify multi-system risk factors. Our 4 speakers will present information on heart health, surgical interventions, podiatry, and cardiac rehabilitation outcomes.

Who Should Attend Continuing Education Programs?

The Hot Topics continuing education program is aimed toward health care professionals who are required to complete on-going education courses. Typically, this includes registered nurses, physician assistants, LPNs, and LMSWs. Comfort Care Homes is excited to offer fun, unique, and thought-provoking education events through the free Hot Topics program.

If participates stay for the whole 4-hour event, they will obtain 4 free Continuing Education credits at one time. Each attendee much sign-in to the session in order to obtain credits.

Event Details: “The Heart of the Matter”

Four speakers will be presenting on Cardiovascular health and wellness for adults. Check out their topic summaries below.

1. “Heart Health 2018” Shilpa Kshatriya, MD, FACC – Heartland Cardiology

An overview regarding knowledge and guidelines on management of hypertension. Additional recommendations of the role of physical activity and exercise in heart disease prevention will be addressed.

2. “Aortic Stenosis-TAVR” Renee Davis, Np-C – Wesley Healthcare

A presentation on Aortic Stenosis, valvular heart disease identification, management and treatment options and how advancements in these have improved outcomes for patients.

3. “Podiatry and the effect CHF had on healthy feet” Thuy Duong Thi Le, DPM – Midwest Podiatry

It is critical to consider the whole person when considering the effects of cardiovascular disease. Understanding these effects, on other systems can assist in preventive measures, early sign recognition, and proper treatment plans to meet the holistic needs of the patient.

4. “Successful Quality Outcomes Through Cardiac Rehab” Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, & Heather Porter, RN – Newton Medical Center

This hour will help multidisciplinary teams understand the history of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR), indications for CR, challenges and limitations, general effectiveness of exercise on health, research and background on CR effectiveness and impact on quality outcomes.

RSVP today!

If you are interested in this Continuing Education course, please contact Comfort Care  Homes today. You can reach our team by calling (316) 219-3062 or email robertm@comfortcarehomes.com

We meet at the Wichita State University Hughes Metropolitan Complex. For complete event details, including the information to include in your RSVP email, view the event brochure here.

For more information about continuing education opportunities provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Alzheimer’s Disease: Advice for Effective Communication

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 8:23:21 PM
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A person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia faces a barrage of changes as their disease progressed. Some of this includes cognitive abilities, such as memory loss. Communication skills can deteriorate and the ability to properly express oneself can become a major challenge. If your loved one has dementia, they may not be able to say how they feel, what they need, or ask for help. This situation can become frustrating for you both.

Communication is important for practical matters and personal or emotional needs. As a caregiver, you need to understand if your loved one is in pain, needs to take medication, or has eaten today. To maintain that important bond, you want to know how they feel, what they’re thinking about, that they are comfortable. Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia is challenging, but there are steps you can make to increase understanding.

Know What to Expect

Alzheimer’s damages pathways in the brain, making it difficult to find the right word or to understand what others are saying. Sometimes the right words are there but in the wrong order. Professional providers of memory comfort care Wichita, KS, are familiar with these difficulties and can help family caregivers anticipate changes. [Mayo Clinic]

Senior loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia may lose their train of thought, struggle to organize words logically, speak less often, or repeat the same word or question constantly. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, people are often able to engage in meaningful conversations but repeat the same story or feel overwhelmed by excessive stimulation.

What You Can Do to Help

When a loved one isn’t able to express themselves or say what they need, it is often frustrating for family caregivers. A once simple question may become a long explanation or hassle. What is important to remember is that your loved one’s brain simply cannot comprehend words as they once did. Your loved one, even if they were stubborn and independent before Alzheimer’s, isn’t trying to upset you. Chances are they are frustrated as well, which makes communicating all that more difficult for them.

For this reason, patience and simplicity are key. Tell you’re loved one that you are listening and trying to understand. Do not interrupt them or repeat the same question multiple times. Try to limit distractions by having one-on-one conversations in a quiet place. Simplify requests into single steps.

Comfort care Wichita, KS, advises family caregiver to remain respectful and agreeable. Avoid talking down to your loved one or talking about them as if they aren’t there. Arguing or correcting a loved one with Alzheimer’s is often futile, as they may not understand a situation as clearly as you do. Even if they are wrong, moving on to something else can be better than correcting them. [Source]

Utilize Professional Comfort Care Wichita, KS

When your loved one is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, they may lose their verbal communication skills entirely. It may become time to look into professional memory care and comfort care Wichita, KS, options. Memory care professionals are trained to utilize touch, sounds, and gestures to help seniors communicate even in late stage Alzheimer’s. Being in a community setting and simply being around others can also be beneficial for seniors who are nonverbal. The sights and sounds are stimulating and can provide comfort.

If you’re considering professional memory care services for your senior loved one, please consider ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS. Our residential homes offer a safe environment for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s to receive the specialized care they need in a welcoming environment.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

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