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Pioneer Home Care Health Updates Can Feeding Your Brain Decrease Your Chances of Developing Alzheimer's? There are so many different diets today catering to many different people depending on their goals. The MIND diet focuses on eating “brain healthy” foods, like berries and green vegetables. There have been studies that find this kind of healthy eating shows a link between “brain healthy” eating and improved brain health. The MIND diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. (Yes, there are lots of acronyms.) What makes this diet better than any other “eat healthy” approach? Here’s an example: Most fruits are healthy for your heart but not for your brain in terms of cognitive performance. They aren’t bad for your brain, but they don’t appear to prevent dementia. So, what does boost your cognitive function? Experts say to focus on berries – especially blueberries. Leafy green vegetable are more beneficial to the cognitive part of brain than other vegetables. The MIND diet also recommends nuts, beans, whole grains, olive oil … and wine! The research may be motivating for this reason: In one particular study mentioned above, almost 1, 000 people kept a record of everything they ate for more than four years. The average age of those people was 81 years old. The people whose diet choices adhered closely to the MIND diet had a 53% reduced risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Remember, brain healthy foods can also help you in other ways. With talk of diet, also comes talk of exercise. It goes hand in hand, so it’s always important to keep an active lifestyle. Another recent study out of Sweden also suggests that physical activity will also lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s. While more research and studies will continue on the subject, this is a promising start to help prevent a disease that does not have a cure. PIONEER HOME CARE Pioneer Home Care is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home assessment.
Pioneer Home Care Health Updates 4 Tips For Preventing Breast Cancer: Although thousands of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year, there are things you can do that may decrease your chances of being one of them. While there may be no way to completely rule out your chances of developing breast cancer, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to help lower the risk. Make sure you're getting plenty of sleep each night. According to AARP, postmenopausal women who get less than six hours of sleep each night have double the chance of developing more aggressive breast cancer. If you're overweight, try dropping a few pounds. It's well known that women who are overweight have a greater chance of developing hormone receptor-positive breast cancer than those who are not. Just by being obese you increase your risk of breast cancer by 30 percent. According to the American Cancer Society, having more than one drink per day can up your chances of breast cancer. Even having two drinks a day can raise your odds by 21 percent and regular drinking in postmenopausal women will increase your risk of cancer by 19 percent. Exercise is a good way to help prevent breast cancer. Whether it's walking, working in the garden or cleaning the house, getting up and moving can result in a 30 percent reduced risk. PIONEER HOME CARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home assessment +91 9100 444 991.
Aging and the Dangers of Loneliness : There are many physical, emotional, and psychological factors affecting the quality of health in seniors. Aging comes with a variety of physical problems. To alleviate these challenges, seniors often move to nursing homes or have in-home care to help them with their ailments and day-to-day activities. A senior’s mental health can seriously impact their physical well-being and loneliness can play a big part in that. Seniors often experience feelings of loneliness and depression that have a severe negative impact on their health. The Indian Psychological Association reported that an estimated 12 million Indians, aged 65 and older, live alone. Unfortunately, the likelihood that many seniors are living without a spouse, significant other, or children is alarming when you consider the fact that this is where most social interaction comes from. Our number of social connections becomes increasingly smaller as we age. Some reasons for this include: 1. Retirement from the workforce 2. Death of friends & family 3. Lack of physical ability 4. Loss of driving privileges 5. Poor health When a person’s social interaction becomes limited, loneliness and depression can become overwhelming. Loneliness affects us emotionally, but can also affect us neurologically. Cognitive decline and the risk of developing dementia has been linked to perceived loneliness, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences states that both social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality. They also report that illnesses and conditions such as chronic lung disease, arthritis, impaired mobility, and depression can be attributed to social isolation. This puts a big spotlight on the importance of identifying and dealing with loneliness early. We know that depression only worsens social isolation and in turn keeps people from participating in social events, being active, and being of service – all of which can seriously diminish the feelings of loneliness. It’s important for aging adults and the people that care for them to understand how loneliness can affect a person 65 or older, and how to prevent that emotional and physical wear. Ways To Reduce Effects Of Loneliness: Seniors can immediately begin to feel overall improvement in their emotional state and quality of life by increasing social involvement and there are several ways that can happen. Volunteering – being of service and being involved in the community are two ways that people can find social interaction. Helping people in hospitals, community care centers, and children’s programs are great ways for older citizens to find appreciation and feel a sense of involvement. Community Activities – community activities like farmer’s markets, support groups, and sports groups are a great way for seniors to make friends and develop connections. For retired individuals, many towns and cities provide opportunity for seniors to connect with younger people to be mentors and sponsors and find fulfillment. Senior Neighborhoods – living in a 55 and older neighborhood with other retirees is a great place to meet new people and build connections. Since these neighborhoods only allow a certain age group to move in, there is less stress for seniors who cannot handle a noisy or busy neighborhood. Companion Home Care - companionship is another option that will improve overall well being. Often companionship is accomplished while participating in the above activities, but venturing out may be too physically demanding. Companion home care can be a great solution in your own home. Stimulating conversation, games, light exercise, even someone to watch TV with can lift spirits and ease loneliness. There are so many ways that seniors can find fulfillment when they don’t have family or friends nearby. Making friends and developing different connections is a great way decrease loneliness and depression and help improve quality of life and health. Remind yourself to get up, get active, and get out there! Life is happening – you just need to reach out to it. Visit www.pioneerhomecare.in to learn more. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
The Warning Signs of Skin Cancer : Most of us wouldn’t consider spending a day out in the sun without first applying sunscreen; some of us even follow our doctor’s advice and wear it every day. But just a few decades ago, people thought much differently. The bronze glow of a tan was so desirable that sun worshippers slathered themselves with baby oil or cocoa butter and lay in the sun’s rays all summer. The stores sold “suntan lotion” designed to attract the sun, not “sunscreen” to protect against it. The sunscreens that were available had SPFs (sun protection factors) of 2, 4, 8 or 15-- compared to today, when they start at 15, and range to 100. Unfortunately, the sun worship of yesterday comes with a price today. Too much exposure to the sun and frequent sunburns increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Certain types of skin cancer can be deadly if not caught early. So, it’s up to you to be on the lookout for signs of the disease. Do a complete head-to-check every month and look for any of the following: 1. Changes in the way your skin looks 2. New itchiness, tenderness, or pain 3. Sores that won’t heal or heal and come back 4. Rough, scaly, bleeding or oozing patches of skin 5. Wart-like growths or other bumps 6. Changes in the size, shape or color of existing moles 7. New moles If you are a caregiver to an elderly relative, be sure to check for changes in their skin, too. Inspect areas of skin you can see – such as the face, neck, hands, arms and legs. If you find anything that looks suspicious on your skin or that of loved one, be sure and see a doctor or dermatologist so if it is cancer, it can be treated right away. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home care assessment +91 9100 444 991.
The Mystery of Sundowner's Syndrome : While the cause and cure are unknown, there is hope Just like everyone is different, there are also different forms of Alzheimers. One of the most difficult for loved ones to witness is Sundowner’s Syndrome. The name is a reflection of the confusion symptoms that appear or get worse during the transition between daylight and darkness, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Your loved one may exhibit one or more of these symptoms: rapid mood swings, anger, crying, agitation, pacing, fear, depression, stubbornness, restlessness, and rocking. The more severe symptoms of sundowners syndrome include: hallucinations, hiding things, paranoia, violence, and wandering. In the case of potential wandering, it may be a good idea to have your loved one wear an identification bracelet and install a top door lock to keep them safe during unsupervised sleeping hours. The reason for the timeliness of this disease is a medical mystery. Some doctors believe it could be triggered by a days worth of sensory stimulation or caused by a change of hormones the night brings. Some even think it could be caused by the darkness and the feeling of not being able to see as well after the sun goes down. While there is no cure for this, there are some ways it can be made more manageable: * Let light in Light isn’t only assumed to help reduce the symptoms, but it is also proven to prevent depression. Keep rooms well lit and at bedtime, plug in a night light. *Control noise As you start to wind down after a long day, keep the TV, radio and other noisy distractions at a low volume. You don’t want your loved one to end a day full of stimulation with more stimulation. *Establish a routine Routines may help your loved one feel safe and secure by reducing the level of anxiety he or she feels. Also, keep the busier activities to the morning/afternoon. *Watch the diet Focus on feeding your loved one “brain healthy” food, as suggested in the MIND diet. Have them avoid eating or drinking anything with too much caffeine or sugar – especially later in the day or evening. Many professional caregivers are experienced with the range of symptoms associated with Sundowner’s Syndrome and are trained to deal with them appropriately. If your loved one is suffering from Sundowner’s Syndrome, visit our website @ www.pioneerhomecare.in more about a Pioneer HomeCare caregiver looking after the patient during those restless hours. PIONEER HOMECARE Pioneer HomeCare is the premier provider of home care services. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of home health care services at your door step. Call us today for a FREE in-home assessment +91 9100 444 991.
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