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Tips for Talking to People with Alzheimer’s Disease

There is no easy way to live with Alzheimer’s, which is a type of dementia, but many people have to adapt since about 5.5 million Americans are dealing with this affliction. talking to someone with Alzheimer'sLoved ones need to understand the disease so that they can be helpful. The following are just a few tips that will help you do just that.

Tips to Help With Communication

This affliction can be hard on everyone, but that does not mean you should give up on attempting to communicate, so consider the following tips:

–Eye contact is incredibly important when you talk to a person with this affliction. It helps establish connection, and it helps the person you are talking to feel like you are paying attention to him or her.

–Use the person’s name as often as possible. This helps the person’s mind engage in what is being said since it pertains to him or her. In essence, using the person’s name often establishes connection akin to keeping eye contact.

–Distractions are your enemy and must be treated as such at all times. Keep in mind that distractions can be anything from a television to children playing nearby. It is best to find an isolated room to talk in to reduce possible distractions that could make the person you are talking to lose track of the conversation.

–Sadly, a conversation with more than one person can be confusing to a person with this affliction. It is best to talk to a person with this issue one by one. This increases your loved one’s ability to pay attention.

–It is important to be specific with someone dealing with Alzheimer’s. This way of talking is hard to get used to at first because people are used to speaking without referring to everything specifically. For example, it is normal to refer to something as an “it” instead of calling it what it is. You need to make sure that you refer to things specifically otherwise your loved one may not know what you are talking about. Be sure to avoid open ended questions, which can also be frustrating.

–Avoid quarreling with a person dealing with this disease. There is no point of arguing about what he or she might have forgotten or something similar. The best way to deal with a brewing argument is to simply walk away.

–Try to be patient with your loved one when you are having a conversation with him or her. This means that you should refrain from ending his or her sentences. It is better to ask direct questions that might help him or her remember what was said. What you want to do is think of what you are talking about, and try to ask a question related to the conversation.

–Some people with Alzheimer’s may live in a different reality from other people. Some may end up believing that people who have passed on are still alive, which could be reflected in the way the person talks. It is important to enter this reality with your loved one to make things easier for both of you.

–It is okay to get creative with the way you talk to a person with this problem. Think of using props or pictures to communicate with your loved one, which might make it easier for him or her to talk to you.

There is so much to learn about this disease, and it is okay to ask professionals for advice. They can be quite helpful on your journey. In the end, it is your patience and care that will make a difference, so just continue to be there for your loved one.

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How the Brain Benefits From Hiking

Many people already know and understand the many positive benefits the mind, body and soul can all gain from their hiking through the forest but recently there has been more good news released to them. a walk in the woodRecent scientific studies conducted have now shown us the positive effect hiking also has on the brain as well, being able to change it for the better!

Most of those who take the time to hike in nature can understand that special feeling of contentment and calm that they enjoy so much are now also learning how their efforts can in fact reduce rumination as well. So many of us understand and realize how we can be consumed by negative thoughts and how these can negatively effect us when they are happening and even worse, can lead to severe issues with anxiety and depression moving forward. The recent good news furnished in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recent survey points out their findings that one can significantly decrease any negative, obsessive thoughts by spending more time in nature.

One of the interesting components of this study had researchers compare the reported rumination of those participants hiking through a natural environment versus those hiking through an urban one. The good news for those walking in a natural environment for 90 minutes or more was lower levels of rumination and also in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, a reduced neural activity. the subgenual prefrontal cortex is an area of the brain which relates to any mental illness symptoms. On the other hand, no decreased rumination was reported on those who conducted their walk through the urban environment.

It was also pointed out by the researchers just how increased urbanization correlates closely with different mental illnesses and increased instances of depression. These reports all show just how spending more time out in nature and getting ourselves away from the urban settings, can greatly benefit not just our psychological well-being, but our physical health as well.

Psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer conducted a study that showed how reconnecting with nature and disconnecting from technology can and will drastically improve creative problem solving. In this study, participants, for about 4 days, backpacked through nature and were forbidden to employ any technology at all. They were then asked to perform various tasks that required complex problem solving and creative thinking on their part. The net results researchers found for those taking part in this tech-free hiking excursion is that by 50% their performance on problem solving tasks improved!

In this study, the researchers noted and pointed out how both urban noise and technology can constantly demand our attention, be incredibly disruptive and certainly keep us from focusing properly and how these all can play havoc with our cognitive functions. On the other hand, taking a nice long hike with no technology interrupting can and will soothe the mind, reduce all mental fatigue and unquestionably boost one’s creative thinking.

A problem becoming more and more common in children is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD). The children that have it easily get distracted, have a difficult time with staying focused and with impulse control and also exhibit excessive hyperactivity.

While it certainly can be difficult for parents raising children that have ADHD, the typical solution which is to opt for prescription medicine, might actually not be the best choice to make, especially when there are natural solutions which will work just as well. In a study conducted by Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD and Frances E Kup, PhD, it was shown how exposing to “green outdoor activities” those children who have ADHD, their symptoms will reduce significantly! This study’s results point out the benefit of exposure to nature that are there for anyone that exhibits impulsive behavior, or anyone that has trouble paying attention.

We already understand how our overall well-being is enhanced by exercise. Between 400-700 calories will be burned hourly by our hiking. And depending on the hike difficulty and one’s size, hiking is far easier on the joints then say running might be. In addition, hiking is a great choice to become and stay active on a consistent basis as it has been proven how those who get started doing it will invariably continue to stick with doing it.

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered how hippocampal volume, which is the part of the brain associated with episodic and spatial memory, is increase in women 70 years of age and older, through aerobic exercising. Memory loss is not only improved by such exercise but in many instances prevented all together. In addition, it has been found to also release endorphins, boost self esteem and reduce anxiety and stress! This solution to these issues certainly beats the alternative of taking medications to deal with them.

The great news is that the entire family, including the grandparents, can and will benefit from hiking. You can get started on a small basis and do what works for you as you continue to go along with it. A walk in the park is a great place to begin and you should make every effort to keep your phone turned off unless there is some sort of emergency you are possibly going to need to deal with!

Layer your clothing to adjust to the weather, bring a bottle of water with you, wear a hat and make sure you have good shoes for hiking. Get started and you will soon realize the great benefits you will be enjoying!

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The World of Powerful Vision is at Our Doorstep

This comes from information that was originally published back in June of 2015.

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This lens is called the Ocumetrics Bionic Lens that was created by Dr. Garth Webb, a British Columbia optometrist who was searching for a method of optimizing eyesight suitable for humans of any age.

The lens was so remarkable that it allowed patients to achieve perfect vision, end the requirement for glasses while driving, contacts, or progressive lenses. According to CBC reports, transformations in the eye-care industry are set to make each of these a distant memory.

Another amazing benefit of having this lens surgically implanted is that patients will never get cataracts. This is due to the fact that it will not decay the way the natural eye lens does over time.

The best candidate, according to Webb, is the one whose eye is fully developed and that is anyone older than 25.

He goes on to say that this kind of vision enhancement has never before been seen. For instance, is it is hard to see the hands on a clock at 10 feet, the Bionic Lens will let you see it clearly at a distance of 30 feet.

Each lens is custom-made and folded into a saline-filled syringe like a taco. When placed in the eye, it will unravel properly in just 10 minutes. Its creator explains that the surgery takes about 8 minutes and patients realize immediate vision correction.

Webb told CBC this project has been ongoing for eight years at a cost of $3 million for research and development, acquisition of international patents and Delta, B.C facilities for biomedical manufacturing.

During a recent gathering of the American society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Webb’s efforts were recognized for due to his presentation of these lenses to 14 of top San Diego ophthalmologists.

Webb insists that surgeons all over the world are impressed and intrigues by this clever design for vision correcting eye surgery.

Dr. Vincent DeLuise thinks this device will one day become the holy grail for improving vision at every range from near to distant and everything in between. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. DeLuise is a teacher at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College and Yale University.

If clinical trials on animals and humans who have lost their sight, the Bionic Lens should be available in Canada in as little as two years. Of course, this depends on the regulatory process in various countries.

Webb hopes that this lens will eliminate the necessity for laser eye surgery which is still an inefficient procedure.

Webb considers eyesight a basic human right.

Update 2017

According to Dr. Webb’s first assumptions, animal studies during the past year have resulted in firm establishment of the lens’s ability to achieve superior vision in humans. to elaborate on things further, Dr. Webb revealed that his Bionic Lens is capable of being used as a ‘docking station’ for customization to each patient and for loading micro-optics. It will also allow fine refinements at any time without sacrifices to the patient’s eye health. This ability to ‘fine tune’ patient vision after its implantation is one of the most unique advantages of the lens’s design.

Precision optical vision is just the start of the potential of the docking station characteristics of the Bionic Lens. Webb thinks it will someday be used for installation of communication technology and physiological therapy. This technological potential could lead to a projection system being installed to allow the projection of a stabilized image onto the retina. Dr. Webb confidently says that this will complete the realm of virtual reality.

He also anticipates that in as little as 4 months, human studies will commence in initial clinical trials taking place at accredited research facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Trials will commence with cataract patients who have otherwise healthy eyes.

Once that has been accomplished, he expects that in a year or so the Bionic Lens will then enter an investigational phase of public use by qualified surgeons. The future envisioned by Dr. Webb is one where the Bionic Lens and other types of advanced technologies will soon be made available through ‘Centers for Excellence’ which have been developed by globally-minded individuals throughout the world. This is an exciting time for vision possibilities.

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A Brief Insight into Dementia

Dementia is an overall term that refers to a set of disorders affecting the brain, and whose symptoms are closely linked. man suffering from dementiaWhile some assume that dementia refers to a specific disease, this isn’t the case. Instead, the term describes different illnesses with closely-linked symptoms (such as impaired judgment, memory loss and erratic mood swings). These symptoms also tend to get worse with age, as more brain cells become affected and eventually die.

Dementia is manifested by several disorders, the most common of which include:

Alzheimer’s disease: This accounts for close to 70 percent of dementia cases. The condition occurs when protein abnormalities destroy links between brain cells, resulting in shrinkage of the total brain size.

Vascular dementia: This occurs when poor blood supply as a result of a stroke (or several small strokes) affects the delivery of oxygen to the brain. Vascular dementia is said to account for about 20 percent of all cases of dementia.

Lewy Body disease: The term ‘Lewy Bodies’ refers to abnormal protein clumps that appear in the brain. Besides hallucinations, their presence is also known to cause changes in one’s thinking, alertness and behavior.

Other types of dementia include Pick’s disease, posterior cortical atrophy, and normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Who Gets Dementia?

As you get older, your risk for dementia increases. About 1 in 14 individuals aged between 65 and 69 are affected. Among individuals older than 80, there’s a one in 4 chance of falling victim. On the other hand, it’s rare for someone under 65 to have dementia.

People with a family history of dementia are usually at a higher risk of developing the disorder. Women are also said to be more vulnerable, with about 67% of all victims being female. Other risk factors include HIV, as well as Parkinson’s and demyelinating disorders.

Memory Lapse or Memory Loss?

Knowing what dementia is and what it isn’t is very important. Almost everyone will forget things from time to time, and this is pretty common among the elderly. Memory lapses, however, don’t necessarily indicate the presence of dementia. More crucially, memory loss from dementia is quite different from forgetfulness.

With the latter, you’ll be able to tell when your brain lets you down. Memory loss resulting from dementia isn’t occasional, and is hardly registered by most victims. It also affects one’s ability to carry out routine tasks, such as how to walk, dress or recognize friends and relatives.

But when should you be worried? If your memory lapses are somewhat unusual, make an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation. Memory loss becomes serious when an individual’s behavior changes drastically with time, when they consistently struggle to retain information, or if they tend to repeat themselves. Even in such cases, memory loss could be caused by factors not linked to dementia.

Diagnosing Dementia

Diagnosing dementia can be quite difficult, especially if one doesn’t exhibit extreme symptoms. That being said, seeing a doctor for an appropriate and thorough evaluation is still crucial. The typical diagnosis will usually include questions about your symptoms, a review of other elements of your well-being, blood tests, as well as mental and physical exams. Because depression is closely linked to dementia, your doctor will likely check if you’re a victim as well.

Treatment

Although dementia doesn’t have a cure, certain treatments are still used to manage some of its symptoms. Drugs such as Aricept and Solanezumab are used to diminish the rate at which Alzheimer’s progresses and the demise of brain cells respectively. Doctors also prescribe other medications for sleep problems, restlessness, apathy and hallucinations.

What Can You Do To Reduce Your Exposure?

Diabetes, strokes, high blood pressure and heart disease are just but some of the common risk factors associated with dementia. Generally, exercising and eating healthy food will reduce one’s exposure to these factors. Moderate alcohol consumption and quitting smoking will also help in minimizing your likelihood of getting dementia.

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The Golden Years Can Enhance Mind and Body

The passage of time is a mystery, which is something seniors have had time to ponder. seniors playing shuffleboardData shows that one in seven Americans is considered elderly, which is 65 years of age or older. Now, there are a number of people who believe that those who reach a certain age cannot achieve much more in life, but that is not the case. The following should highlight how the elderly prove that age is just a number.

The Positive Elderly Experience

As people age, they go through many changes. There is no denying that some of these changes are not positive.

Skin can get wrinkly and reflexes tend to weaken as time goes by, but there are a few benefits to be thankful for. For example, it is known that wisdom increases and sexual activity seems to improve, but these are just the tip of the iceberg.

A Physical Boost

The body may be slowing down, but there are a number of things that may improve with age. It seems that the elderly have fewer colds and migraines. The reason is the body is prepared for sickness. The body has had years of experience with viruses and bacteria. Experience has made your body more efficient, which is the reason why those of a certain age might not get sick often.

It also means that health issues should not last as long as they once did. Keep in mind that these benefits should only be applied to seniors who are healthy and not suffering from an affliction that affects the immune system.

Some people get a toothache from time to time. This could happen because enamel has been reduced. Enamel is a naturally formed layer of minerals that coat the teeth. The layer is there to protect teeth from harm.

The problem is that certain activity can erode this thin layer of protection, such as cavities, brushing too roughly, or even eating acidic foods.

Teeth become sensitive when the enamel is reduced, which is what happens with some people, but older folks may get some relief. It seems like older people grow a little more dentin as they age. This means that teeth are a little more resistant to pain, even if some of the enamel has worn down. It might be okay to enjoy a few scoops of ice cream every now and then.

You should not worry about being around your grandkids when they are a little sick. Now, you are not superhuman or immune to everything. You should still have vaccinations and take other similar precautions. Be sure to keep up with a healthy diet.

Still, an elderly person can enjoy a few more things with additional freedom. Maybe there really is a reason to travel more often when you retire. This is the time when your body can resist sickness better.

On an interesting note, older people have smaller and less sensitive sweat glands. This means that you do not have to worry so much about staining your shirt or blouse as often. That little annoyance is something younger people have to deal with often. Who knows what could be done with that information, but it is a positive change.

Growth of the Mind

One thing that an elderly person will likely hear from time to time is the myth that an older person’s mind might be declining. This is sort of true but only when one is talking about people dealing with issues such as Alzheimer’s or a similar affliction.

People who are healthy can expect something else. A study shows that older people may gain intelligence as they grow older. People’s ability to understand language and solve problems is heightened as they age.

Seniors have also formed ideas, which are clear to them. This helps a person formulate thoughts based on those fundamental thoughts.

This means that you still have the ability to think of something worth while. This might be the best time to write that novel that you have been itching to write, or this could be the right time to take that class you have been talking about for some time.

You should also know that this increased level of understanding also makes older people a little more competitive. No, you will not be attempting to challenge everyone that stands in your way, but it does make you competitive should you be challenged.

This might be a great time to join competitive work forces if you still want to to see how far you are willing to push yourself.

Yes, there are downsides to aging, but people who seem to perpetuate the idea that life diminishes when you age are wrong. As you can see, there is plenty to do and plenty life to live as you hit those golden years.

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