By MD for Seniors

We’ve covered a lot of ground in our latest episode with memory care expert, Rita Altman. This time, we touch on music’s role in memory care, explaining Alzheimer’s to a young child and just how close we are to finding a cure.

Take a look at a few highlights from toady’s show and be sure to listen to the full episode here.

How music can outsmart Alzheimer’s (1:03):We know that music can evoke so many things, such as emotion and movement, and even autobiographic information. There are also many areas in the brain where music is stored, which is a wonderful …read more

By MD for Seniors

On this episode, we are once again joined by memory care expert Rita Altman, and delve into the world of the adult caregiver, someone who is often part of the “sandwich generation.” This person is in the middle of taking care of their aging parent while also caring for their younger children, and usually holding down a full-time job.

Take a look at a few highlights from this today’s show and be sure to listen to the full episode here.

Caregiver burnout (2:19):What we often see with the sandwich generation is caregiver burnout. These individuals are spending …read more

By MD for Seniors

In this episode, we are joined by Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care & Program Services at Sunrise, where we talk about the different stages of Alzheimer’s and tips for how you can remain meaningfully engaged with your loved one by using verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, based on the Validation Method.

Take a look below at a few highlights from the show, and be sure to listen to the full episode here.

The stages of Alzheimer’s (1:20):Experts have used different models to explain the typical stages of Alzheimer’s – some use the five stage …read more

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Throughout our 35 years of serving seniors and their loved ones, we’ve prided ourselves on being a resource to families – whether through our community support groups or online resources such as the Care Questionnaire or Caregiver Guide.

Throughout our 35 years of serving seniors and their loved ones, we’ve prided ourselves on being a resource to families – whether through our community support groups or online resources such as the Care Questionnaire or Caregiver Guide.

We are thrilled to announce our newest resource, The Senior Caregiver podcast. The Senior Caregiver, hosted by Bill Worthington, is dedicated …read more

By MD for Seniors

Women are generally at a higher risk for developing a stroke.

Did you know that Oct. 29 is World Stroke Day?

Now’s the perfect time to understand exactly which factors increase and lower your risk of experiencing a stroke. A number of elements are hereditary and cannot be changed, but there are also certain lifestyle choices that determine the likelihood.

Uncontrollable risk factors

Age
While strokes can occur at any age, the American Stroke Association said your chances double for each decade after you turn 55.

Family history
If a close relative, such as your parent, grandparent or sibling, experienced a stroke in the past, your risk is greater.

Gender
Women are generally at higher risk for …read more

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Take the family apple picking to retrieve the Pink Lady apples for the Apple Blossom Tart.

Fall is prime apple-picking season.

Now’s the perfect time to head to the orchard, fill your basket with fresh apples and take them home to bake delicious goodies. But don’t just make a traditional apple pie – try something different! Here are three apple desserts we recommend:

1. Apple Blossom Tart
Use fresh Pink Lady apples to create Country Living magazine’s recipe – it’s equally pleasing to the eyes and stomach.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large Pink Lady apples – cored and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/4 cup and 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar – divided
  • 1 8-ounce …read more

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Add more cinnamon to your dishes to reap the health benefits.

You use cinnamon heavily throughout fall, but are you aware of its health benefits?

This seasonal spice doesn’t only perfect your pumpkin pastries. It can also contribute to your overall health and well-being! Read on to learn about a few of the many benefits of cinnamon:

1. It can help manage Type 2 diabetes
A small controlled study by Ting Lu and colleagues at the Xuhui District Central Hospital in Shanghai found that participants who took a high dose of cinnamon extract experienced a drop in their average glucose levels. Because of this, the researchers concluded that cinnamon could be a …read more

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Your doctor can give you advice on how to get started.

Regular physical activity is key to healthy aging.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exercise strengthens your bones, muscles and joints, which can ultimately help you maintain an independent lifestyle for longer. It also lowers your risk for coronary heart disease and colon cancer and diabetes, helps combat arthritis pain and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Physical activity may offer dozens of health benefits, but it’s not always easy if you haven’t in a long time. But don’t worry – getting into the groove isn’t as difficult as you may think.

Here are a few tips …read more

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Work. Working out. True love.

These are a few of the longevity secrets shared by the nation’s centenarians.

According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, the number of people living to 100 in the U.S. rose by 44 percent from 2000 to 2014 and it only continues to grow. Why is this happening? The study’s author, Jiaquan Xu, told Reuters that people are taking better care of themselves now more than ever.

“People are more aware of their health, of the importance of staying active and eating healthy food,” Xu said.

While taking great …read more

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Pet owners tend to be more physically active because they're more likely to go on walks with their dog.

There’s a sense of comfort in having an unconditional love from a furry companion – something you can’t always find in another human being.

But pets aren’t only fun and compassionate – they can actually improve your physical and mental health, according to Helpguide.

Here are four ways a furry friend can improve your overall health and well-being:

1. It can lower your risk for heart disease
According to the American Heart Association, owning a pet is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease for many reasons. Dog owners are more likely to engage in physical activity on a …read more