Posted on Nov 27, 2014
Thanksgiving is about saying thanks for actions that make us better individuals. Often, during Thanksgiving, we find a way to give thanks for what we have learned. In the home health care communities, employees and caregivers are thankful for the opportunity of knowing how to care better for patients, regardless of age and illness. The more caregivers know, the better they can help those in need. There are two learning opportunities we are thankful for this year; the research about the benefits of making modifiable lifestyle changes and learning more about Lewy Body dementia.
Modifiable Lifestyle Changes
Modifying lifestyle changes may enhance and improve brain health and cognitive skills. The reports and studies from the 2014 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, brought to light important studies.
One study presented at the AAIC was about the positive impact of making modifiable lifestyle changes. The study highlighted the benefits of daily exercise, diet changes, increased social interaction, and the pursuit of challenging mental activities. The study's findings gave many middle-aged and seniors a desire to stave off or maybe even slow the progression of some types of dementia.
Lewy Body Dementia
Many Americans are more aware now than they were a year ago about Lewy Body Dementia. For some, the word Lewy had been a big question; Lewy what? It took a tragedy and a coroner’s information plastered through print and digital media to give cause to research a disease often misdiagnosed. We are not minimizing other dementias, but Lewy Body Dementia was brought to the forefront by the tragic death of well-known actor Robin Williams, who was dealing with the early stages of Parkinson’s.
The Lewy Body Dementia Association issued a report clarifying symptoms of both Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia after the actor’s autopsy report was made public. In addition, the LBDA also explained how erroneous conclusions could be drawn from not understanding both diseases. According to the LBDA, Parkinson’s and Dementia with Lewy Body “…are considered Lewy Body dementias because of the presence of Lewy bodies in the brain.”
Senior Helpers of Orlando understands how important it is to understand the challenges of different dementias and movement disorders. The more our employees know, the better care they can provide. Also, caregivers know how crucial it is to make lifestyle changes that benefit older adults.
Senior Helpers of Orlando provides home health care for older adults and seniors in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. If you need assistance or know of a senior who would benefit from some needed lifestyle changes, give us a call at 407-628-4357.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Ana P. DeLane
Senior Helpers of Orlando Team Member
“Lifestyle Changes Improve Memory and Thinking in At-Risk Older Adults in Two-Year Clinical Trial; Research Advances From 2014 Alzheimer's Association
International Conference; Alzheimer’s Association Press Release; published July 14, 2014; retrieved Nov. 19, 2014, from http://www.alz.org/aaic/releases_2014/mon-730pm-finger.asp
“LBDA Clarifies Autopsy Report on Comedian, Robin Williams,” Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc.; published Nov. 10, 2014; retrieved Nov. 19, 2014, from http://www.lbda.org/content/lbda-clarifies-autopsy-report-comedian-robin-williams