Posts Tagged ‘National Institute on Aging (NIA)’

A Happy Optimistic Partner Promotes Better Health for their Spouse

Here is an Appropriate Study for Valentine’s Day! A study by researchers at Michigan State University found that a happy optimistic partner promotes better health for their spouse as they grow old together. This lowers the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), dementia and cognitive decline. The study was published November 29, 2019 in the Journal…

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Tips for Handling Sundowning in Alzheimer’s Disease

Some of you may remember these lyrics of a song made famous by that great African-American blues singer, Bessie Smith: “I hate to see that evening sun go down” Today millions of caregivers and loved ones of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia also hate to see that evening sun go down because of a…

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October 2019 is Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Awareness Month

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the most misdiagnosed dementia. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the second most common dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The theme of this year’s LBD Dementia month is “Love is Greater than Lewy.” This is to say…

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Respite Care is a Chance for Overburdened Caregivers to get a Break

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost six million seniors over the age of 65 receive home health services for chronic and acute disease conditions. These include neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the number one leading cause of dementia in the United States and is…

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Vaccines that can Save Seniors from Dangerous Infections

Seniors need to be vaccinated against certain infectious diseases. Not all vaccines are only for children. As a matter of fact, some vaccines that are very important for seniors to take are the tetanus diphtheria (TD) vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine, the shingles vaccine, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and annual flu shots. Tetanus…

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Cataracts and Seniors

Aging affects our eyes and the older we get the greater is the chance to develop eye conditions that can lead to vision loss like cataracts. In fact, the National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates that by age 80 more than half of all American seniors have cataracts or have had surgery for cataracts. Cataracts that…

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Plan for Long-term Care before you Need it

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) gives several reasons why you should plan for long-term care before you need it. Even if you are in good health and follow a healthy lifestyle, an unexpected accident, injury or illness can strike without any warning. While most people prefer to remain at home – aging-in-place, there are…

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Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) and Dementia

According to the National Institute on Aging, frontotemporal disorders and dementia (FTD) is caused by a family of neurodegenerative brain diseases called frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Frontotemporal dementia occurs when neurons (nerve cells) are damaged in the parts of the brain called the frontal and temporal lobes. When the neurons die in these parts of…

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Green Tomatoes and Healthy Aging

According to an article published by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a compound called tomatidine found in green tomatoes may have anti-aging properties. The study was carried out on C.elegans roundworms, but the researchers also did preliminary human cell testing. These particular kind of roundworms are similar to many human aging molecular pathways. The…

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Physical Exercise Program was Beneficial for Residents of a Long-term Nursing Home

The National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 12-18, 2019 Next week beginning on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2019, Park Crescent Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in East Orange, New Jersey will be participating in the National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW). This year’s theme is “Live Soulfully.” Skilled nursing facilities like Park Crescent care for…

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