Senior Living Blog

What you should eat to prevent Alzheimer's

Now, and disbelieve this at your own peril, there is a new diet that can significantly improve your chances of avoiding Alzheimer's disease.

Changes in the pattern of your life after decades of marriage can cause extreme stress and may be met with denial. When a husband has always been in complete control of every aspect of your coexistence, taking over all of the responsibilities can be overwhelming.

A good friend of mine and her husband were making the assisted living decision for his father, and had narrowed the field down to three options. "How should we decide?"

Almost everyday we’re reading news about significant work that is being done to defeat the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. No one path has emerged, but there is definite progress along several fronts from teams working around the world. Here are three of the latest discoveries that show real promise.

Here are a few thoughts on taking better care of yourself, with the proviso that everyone’s situation is different, it will not be possible to implement all of these, and it is easier to give advice than it is to put into practice.

Did you know that laughing improves your health? We all know the effect of stress on our body. Laughter leads to reductions in stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. Laughing also boosts the number of antibody-producing cells giving us a stronger immune system.

What most people don't immediately understand is that a person with memory care challenges can't give you an accurate description of how a drug is affecting her. She may not even remember she is taking medication, much less realize the impact it is having on her overall well being.

All across the country, from small towns to bustling cities, senior living communities are being built at a record pace. And it’s no wonder, with 11,000 Americans reaching their seniority (65) every day, there is a quickly accelerating need to create housing.

Here’s a statistic that makes you sit up and take notice: If you reach the age of 65, you have a 70% chance of needing long-term care. So, in choosing how you want to age, you have several options.