The Latest Promising Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Treatment

5.7 million American seniors, or 10 percent of those over age 65, are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease – and that number is anticipated to rise to as many as 14 million by the year 2050. The race is on as experts scramble to find a cure or, at least, an effective treatment option. And besides the emotional toll the condition takes on both individuals diagnosed and their loved ones, the financial impact is shocking, costing as much as $277 billion in 2018 and expected to grow to over $1 trillion by 2050.

The latest findings in Alzheimer’s clinical trials.

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Can Exercise Help Overcome the Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease?

Healthy Senior Man in GYMThe results of remaining physically active throughout aging are considerable, but for those with Parkinson’s, it could truly be a game-changer in the progression of the disease. Several recent studies are showing direct links between regular exercise for seniors and Parkinson’s, such as the largest clinical study to date, for which patients who exercised at least 2½ hours per week attained a greater total well-being than those who refrained from physical exercise. And that is only the beginning. [Read more…]

The Radical New Thinking About Alzheimer’s That May Lead Us to a Cure

Neurology QuestionsThose of us who follow the latest research in Alzheimer’s disease are all too familiar with the troublesome amyloid plaques thought to be linked to Alzheimer’s. But could it possibly be that those plaques are actually helpful and could lead to an Alzheimer’s cure? [Read more…]

The Top Foods to Avoid for a Kidney Friendly Diet

Senior Woman Eating Healthy SaladAs the saying goes, we are what we eat, and for people with kidney disease, it is even more vital that an appropriate nutrition plan be observed to lessen symptoms, such as swelling, pain, nausea and more, and to perhaps even slow down the progression of the disease. Regency Home Care recommends the following dietary considerations (after approval by the physician) to ensure a kidney friendly diet: [Read more…]

How to Communicate with Aging Parents Without Hurtful Feelings

Shocking news.Honesty is always the best policy, right? Even so, there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging loved ones. While we could have the best of intentions in wanting to help seniors navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our aging parents by rethinking statements such as the following: [Read more…]

Holidays with Alzheimer’s: Georgia Home Care Experts Share Helpful Tips

Photo of elderly woman having breakfast with her caregiversObserving the holiday season through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can feel anything but merry and bright. Family members might be stressed with caregiving duties, and the disruption to routine can cause more distress for a person struggling with the effects of dementia. [Read more…]

Exercise After 50: The Rules Have Changed

Man Exercising Outdoors with DumbellsAging involves adapting to a number of changes, and the way we take care of our bodies is one of the most important ones. We all know the necessity of remaining physically active, but may not realize that the old tried-and-true exercising techniques we’ve long utilized ought to be changed as we grow older, thanks to a rise in injuries, aches in muscles and joints, as well as overall fatigue. There are many exercise modifications in how we exercise after 50. For example: [Read more…]

Senior Health News: Treadmill Therapy Now Covered by Medicare

senior home exercisingHere’s some encouraging senior health news for individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating condition which can occur from cigarette smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke, and in some cases result in limb amputation. Medicare will now cover the cost of treadmill therapy once recommended and supervised by a health care professional. [Read more…]

How Family Dynamics Can Impact Caring for Elderly Parents

elderly parentsPerhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family members are like most, there’s definitely some degree of dysfunction, some leftover stubborn sibling rivalry, and in some cases a bit of residual competitiveness to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite. As the care needs of elderly parents increase and the family once again has to band together to support them, old childhood hurts can resurface and family dynamics can be exacerbated. [Read more…]

Caring for Aging Parents? Be Careful to Avoid This Pitfall.

aging parentsIt is an amazing feeling to know that you are protected, safe and cared for. Fathers and mothers thrive on ensuring their kids are surrounded within the comfort of recognizing their needs will be met, giving the safety net that permits them the confidence to explore the world around them. Yet there comes a stage in all children’s lives when the longing for freedom exceeds the benefit of protection, and they have to discover exactly what it means to stumble, fall and get back up again on their own. [Read more…]