Archive for February, 2014


February is Black History Month

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We know that February is Black History Month. But did you know that African Americans are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia? Some experts say black elders are nearly two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than white elders.

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What can you do today to manage your risk for Alzheimer’s disease? Unfortunately, there is no proven method for preventing this disease, but researchers and scientists do have some tips that might help

  • Get active: If it’s good for your heart, then it’s good for your brain. Since African Americans have a higher rate of vascular (stroke-related) disease — which may be a risk factor for cognitive impairment — it’s important to engage in physical activity to reduce your risk.
  • Watch your blood pressure numbers: Prevention or control of high blood pressure helps maintain a healthy brain and promotes overall health. Adopt a fitness routine, eat healthy foods, don’t smoke and work to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage your cholesterol levels: A healthy brain and heart depend on maintaining normal cholesterol levels. Engage in regular physical activity and eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber.
  • Prevent or control diabetes: Take steps to reduce your risk for diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active. Prevention or control of diabetes promotes a healthy brain.
  • Overall wellness: African Americans are at a greater risk than white Americans for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Because brain and heart health are so closely linked, it’s important to take good care of both. In addition, stay socially and mentally active to make sure your brain and your body can perform at their best.

Want to learn more? Check out our webpage on African Americans and Alzheimer’s disease.

Also, watch this video clip below to learn even more.

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A Book Review

The 36-Hour Day:A Family Guide to Caring for People Who have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementia, and Memory Loss

Caregiving for a person with dementia is a daunting task. It requires the acquisition of new skills and knowledge, the mobilization of resources and family members, and it can leave the primary caregiver feeling burnt out or overwhelmed. On the other hand, caregiving can also produce moments of joy and happiness, a sense of pride, and meaningful connections with loved ones. This is the key message conveyed in The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementia, and Memory Loss by Dr. Nancy Mace and Dr. Peter Rabins.  The book discusses the undeniable challenges associated with caregiving, while deftly outlining numerous tactics for addressing day-to-day and long range caregiving concerns.  It shows that dementia can be managed effectively with moments of delight along the way.

 

Each family’s story is unique, and that is reflected in the style of The 36-Hour Day.  The guide includes short vignettes and personal stories, which are derived from actual family members that have called or written in to share their experiences. The chapters can be read sequentially, or the reader can skip to sections that are most pertinent to their situation, a useful option for those caregivers and professionals who may have difficulty finding time to read a detailed book.

 

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to own this must-read. Call (248) 996-1053 to purchase your copy today!