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Speaker Spotlight: Kim Campbell and CareLiving

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 7:23:30 AM
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An inspiring, honest presentation for those impacted by Alzheimer’s or dementia

Coming up on November 2nd, the 6th Annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia will feature a variety of educational breakout sessions and presentations. There will be two keynote speakers, Vallerie Gleason and Kim Campbell, each using their unique journeys and experiences with Alzheimer’s disease to educate participants.

This event is open to the public and medical professionals, nurses, administrators, adult home care operators, family members, caregivers, and adults in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia are encouraged to attend.

Want to learn more about this year’s Kansas Education Conference on Dementia? Read our blog, with complete event details and registration by clicking here!

Get to Know Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell was married to legendary country music star Glen Campbell for 25 years. Glenn was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. After his diagnosis, Glenn and his family decided to share their battle with the disease with film makers. The documentary “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me” follows Kim, Glenn, and their 3 adult children on Glenn’s Goodbye Tour. [Source]

Kim remained by Glenn’s side throughout the entire tour, being a caregiver for Glenn and watching as Alzheimer’s changed her family’s life forever. In August of 2017, Glenn passed away. During her time as her husband’s caregiver and since his passing, Kim has dedicated herself to educating people about Alzheimer’s disease and the role of caregivers.

In her lifestyle and social movement guide CareLiving.org, Kim strives to improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. She is an advocate for self-care and, based on personal experience, offers honest advice for caregivers of all types. Kim knows the importance of caring for yourself while caring for others, in particular a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Kim has received many awards and accolades for her contributions to the Alzheimer’s research and caregiver communities. She has been named an honorary faculty member of the University of Maryland Baltimore, providing an essential connection between a leading research university and the practical experience of senior service leaders across the nation. [Source]

Resources for Alzheimer’s or Dementia Caregivers

The 6th Annual Kansas Education Conference on  Dementia is open to caregivers, family members, and those with dementia. The devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease can impact everyone in the family, not just the spouse or partner. Insights from conference speakers like Kim Campbell can offer unique insights and tips.

If you are not sure the conference is for you, don’t worry. ComfortCare Homes will be posting weekly blogs and recaps of conference events. Simply check back with the “Alzheimer’s Care Updates” to receive weekly articles and resources.

If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia and are searching for help, consider ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS. ComfortCare Homes offers a variety of memory care services for seniors in a residential setting. Truly a home experience, CareGivers care for Residents as if they are a member of their own families.

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

Why I Walk – Taylor Hutton

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 2:13:58 PM
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Taylor is the daughter of one of our Residents at Comfort Care Homes in Wichita, KS. Here’s her story:

Alzheimer’s is a word that has been around in my family since 1984 when my grandmother Jo Anna got diagnosed with Early On-Set Alzheimer’s at the age of 47. After that, 3 of her children were also diagnosed with Early On-Set, including my own mother who was diagnosed at the age of 49.

6 years later and she now has severe Alzheimer’s and has been in a home for the past 3 years. She still tells jokes, loves her dog, and loves spending time with her 3 daughters and 5 grandkids.

Even though Alzheimer’s has taken a lot of her, deep down she is still my mom who I love dearly.

She is my reason to end Alzheimer’s. #fightlikeaknight

Help Taylor by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

4 Foods That Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 1:40:34 AM
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Recent studies suggest that patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia is steadily increasing. In fact, did you know that after the age of 65, the chance of getting these diseases doubles for an individual every 5 years as they age. Additionally, when you consider that between 2010 and 2050 the elder population in America will nearly double thanks to baby boomers becoming senior citizens, it’s no doubt that you or someone you love is likely to be affected by a memory related disease.

If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s or dementia affecting you or someone you love, you’ll be happy to know that nutrition can play a huge role in both the development and onset of memory related illnesses. The reason for this is two-fold. While memory diseases don’t require special diets and individuals diagnosed with these issues don’t need to make changes specifically for their brain or memory functions, often people who recollection difficulties will forget to eat. A well balanced diet is needed to provide healthy brain function. So, eating healthy and getting enough nutrients to support brain function is obviously important. Additionally, there have been a variety of foods that can be incorporated that have been showing promising benefits for patient’s with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Read on to find out more about these foods and how they can help cognitive skills and abilities.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Because of its beneficial effects on heart health, omega-3 fatty acids have had a lot of research done on them recently. One of these benefits is its effect on brain functions. Omega-3 fatty acids, especially the variety known as DHA, which is found in fatty fish seems to be the key. DHA is used by the body for brain development and is believed to contribute to its continued health. Additionally, all forms of omega-3 fatty acids, including those found in flaxseed and olive oil work as an anti-inflammatory and may contribute to reducing protein buildup on the brain which can contribute to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia in people.

Foods Rich in Vitamins C and E

One of the by-products of a long life is free radicals, the unstable molecules that build up and cause cellular damage. Like any other part of your body, your mind can also absorb too many of these free-radicals and take damage from it, which can contribute to mental decline.

One of the ways our body cleanses itself of these unstable molecules is with anti-oxidants. Foods that are good sources of antioxidants include vitamin C rich foods such as broccoli, red pepper or strawberries, and vitamin E rich foods such as almonds, or olive oil.  A recent study, researchers found that people who consumed high amounts of vitamin E foods had an amazing 67% lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Foods High in Folate

For many years physicians have known that a diet lacking B vitamins, especially folate, can cause a person to have difficulties with cognitive functions. Recent studies have shown us that part of this may be caused by folates ability to balance homocysteine levels, an amino acid which can impair memory and cognition and is believed to dramatically increase a person’s risk Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The vitamin folate can be found in most dark green plants including spinach and green beans.

Curry

This was first discovered when researchers noticed that countries that use Curries in their cuisine also had a considerably lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Once further studies were done, it was concluded that Turmeric, which is the prime ingredient of curry, was the reason for this. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant, anti-amyloid, and anti-inflammatory. This powerful combination binds itself to amyloid proteins and prevents them from causing plaque, and eventual mental decline.

References:

http://advances.nutrition.org/content/6/2/154.full

https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-food-eating.asp

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Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

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