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What is the Best Diet for Brain Health in Seniors?

Senior man eating vegetables on patioThe interesting research of the latest AARP study is in: those who maintain a healthy diet are twice as apt to consider their mental acuity to be very good or excellent in comparison to those who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet full of fish, vegetables and fruits equated to higher brain health.

The participants’ responses match the recommendations of AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health, which also adds the requirement to reduce intake of salt, saturated fats, and excessive alcohol which have been shown to have a negative impact on brain health. Per Sarah Lock, senior vice president for policy and executive director of GCBH, “Many of us have gotten used to the idea of heart-healthy foods, but now we know that those same foods can make a big difference in our brain health, as well.”

If that’s the case, why aren’t more elderly following these simple rules? The issues stated include:

Eating healthy is just too expensive.

It’s tough to follow a healthy diet.

Stores selling healthy foods are too far away.

They won’t enjoy the taste.

They don’t believe it will make a big change in their health.

However, a full 90% of respondents stated they'd do something to eat better if they thought it could cut down on their threat of cardiovascular illnesses, diabetes, and cognitive decline.

So, what is the best brain health diet for seniors? The daily guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate initiative are the following for seniors:

1 ½ - 2 cups of fruits

2 – 3 cups of vegetables

3 cups of dairy

5 – 6 ounces of protein

5 – 7 ounces of grain

Eating several different sorts of these food types on a frequent basis is key. It is also beneficial to create a plan that will help overcome objections to healthy eating, and also to engage the aid of a trusted family member, friend, or professional caregiver for support to stick to the routine.

Aventa Senior Care can help make healthy eating a reality for aging adults, by choosing groceries and ensuring the fridge and kitchen pantry are well stocked with smart food choices, planning and preparing wholesome meals, and much more! We are able to also provide pleasant companionship during mealtimes to ease the loneliness which could contribute to unhealthy eating, together with encouragement to ensure excellent food choices. Call us at (480) 535-6800 or contact us online to learn more about our Scottsdale home care and the services we offer.

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Not Sure How to Act When Visiting Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? These Tips Can Help.

Spending time with grandmaIt may sometimes be a bit intimidating to know what to mention and how to behave when spending some time with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. And, sadly, due to a number of inherent elements of the disease, oftentimes family and friends feel so uncomfortable that they avoid going to see the person anymore. Understanding more information on the disease and things to anticipate, and planning ahead about how to best manage challenging behaviors can help.

The chief difficulties family caregivers and friends encounter with their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease fall into one of three categories: changes in behavior, changes in memory and communication ability; and the level of difficulty will probably fluctuate based on the particular stage of the disease the senior is currently experiencing.

To help overcome these challenges while making the visit as enjoyable as you can, Aventa Senior Care’s Alzheimer’s care professionals in Arizona recommend the following approach:

Begin your visit with a smile, and be prepared to re-introduce yourself if needed.

Use very simple language and brief sentences, and talk slowly.

Refrain from arguing with or correcting the senior.

Bring photos from a favorite past memory for reminiscing.

Listen to a number of the person’s favorite tunes together, and maybe even ask him or her to dance!

Taking a walk together if at all possible, or just about any other physical exercise, can make the visit more fun for both of you.

Remain calm during your visit, even when the senior gets agitated or exhibits inappropriate behavior.

Keep a sense of respect during your conversation, understanding the senior may repeat questions and statements.

Reduce distractions in order to give the person your full attention.

Above all, bear in mind who the individual was pre-dementia, and remind the person what she or he did which has inspired you or helped you become the person that you are today.

For additional tips on effective communications with those with Alzheimer’s disease, or for specialized hands-on care assistance, contact the Arizona dementia care team at Aventa Senior Care. Our skilled dementia caregivers are fully trained and experienced in a number of tactics to make sure seniors with Alzheimer’s disease remain secure and safe and are able to live life to the fullest, with the utmost respect and compassion all of the time. Call us at (480) 535-6800 or contact us online for more details.

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

How to Still Make Every Day a Great Day While We’re Getting Older

Beautiful Woman“It’s just been one of those days,” we sometimes lament, shrugging our shoulders gloomily. After all, sometimes things happen that are entirely out of our control, and some days all of these things seem to happen at the same time and make us wish we had stayed in bed! But the truth is, there are steps we can all take to turn those tough days around and discover purpose and meaning within our various daily challenges and experiences—especially those of us getting older.

Next time you feel like your pessimism is spiraling out of control over the circumstances of your day, try these techniques:

Take it step by step. Multitasking is highly overrated! Usually the sense of having a terrible day ensues from being overwhelmed, from taking on way too much at once. Identifying some boundaries to concentrate on just one task at a time can in fact improve productivity and provide a feeling of achievement.

Try distancing. The art of distancing takes practice to accomplish, but can be extremely helpful in keeping things in the proper perspective. First, think about the impact a certain frustration you are experiencing could have one month from now – or a year from now. Then, think about the advice you’d offer to a friend in the same situation to generate an objective solution.

Be gracious. It’s difficult to hold onto negative thinking when you make a conscious effort to acknowledge the positives, regardless of how seemingly insignificant they may be. End every single day with a self-reminder of the top five things you encountered during the day. And keeping a log is a great way to bring positives back into the forefront of one's mind on particularly stressful days.

Carve out “me” time. While it can seem impossible to actually take time for self-care with so many other priorities vying for attention, it is vital to both our mental and physical health. Schedule blocks of uninterrupted time for you to enjoy a calming activity, and abide by those times as you would every other important to-do on your own agenda.

Still feeling overwhelmed? Aventa Senior Care can help tremendously by partnering with busy family members to deliver safe, expert San Diego home care services that allow for a healthy life balance. No matter if the need is for just a couple hours of respite care to offer some breathing room for family members, full-time, around-the-clock care to give maximum safety, or anything in the middle, call us at (619) 535-6000 or contact us online to learn more. To see our full service area, click here.

March 7th, 2018|0 Comments

What NOT to Say: Tips for Better Communication with Your Aging Parent

It is always better to be honest with others, right? Even so, there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging family members. Although we might have the best of intentions in attempting to help seniors navigate life, we could help alleviate problems with hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements such as the following:
  • Don’t you remember…? Short-term loss of memory is quite common in older adults, and bluntly pointing it out can be belittling. Instead, try non-verbal tactics to help jog your loved one’s memory, such as strategically placing positive reminder notes around the house, like on the refrigerator, bathroom mirror, TV remote, etc. If a verbal reminder would still be helpful, be sure to try to keep your tone light; and inquire if the senior would like you to assist, such as in making a medical appointment on her behalf or picking up a prescription.
  • You’re just not trying hard enough. The truth is, many older adults develop physical or cognitive impairments which make once-simple tasks extremely difficult. It’s also important never to take over tasks the individual could do, but which could take a bit longer. Offering to serve as a partner in accomplishing a challenging task could be effective, like asking the senior to manage some of the task while you tackle another aspect of the job.
  • I'm aware; you already told me. It can be frustrating to listen to stories you’ve already heard over and over again from a senior loved one; however, it’s important to stay patient and offer the senior the respect you would want if the tables were turned.
  • When you die, am I able to have...? No one wants to feel as though their possessions are of such value that family can’t wait to get their hands on them. It is definitely a good idea to have a will set up that outlines your loved one's wishes, but your parent should have the freedom to select to whom his or her belongings should be given.
  • Wake up! Forget about any embarrassment you could have about your senior family member falling to sleep at inappropriate times, like during a movie, a religious service, or a concert. Altered sleep patterns, medication side effects, among other factors, make it hard for some older adults to sleep well at night time.
To get more effective communication tips to help senior loved ones retain the dignity they deserve, contact the home care San Diego experts Aventa Senior Care at (619) 535-6000. See our full service area here.
February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

New Technologies Provide Real Help for Those with Vision Loss

Impacting millions of Americans, vision loss can be as varied as the individuals who experience it – from simply having to put on a pair of reading glasses to skim through the morning paper, to complete blindness. And it’s a lot more common in older adults, with one in every three senior citizens over age 65 experiencing some type of eye disease that affects vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, as well as others. Thankfully, as with a lot of other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with choices to improve standard of living for people experiencing vision problems. Simply take a look at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are now available:
  • Be My Eyes. This incredible app links sighted volunteers with people that have low vision or blindness, and literally allows them to see, through the individual's phone, a variety of immediate needs – like checking expiration dates of food or confirming that an outfit matches. And, “It’s being used for a few amazing things,” according to Alexander Jensen, Be My Eyes’ Community Director. “We received an email from a woman who said she used a Be My Eyes volunteer to check on her wedding gown for any stains before the ceremony started.”
  • Seeing AI. A more recently released application, Seeing AI also utilizes a sight-impaired person’s phone, enabling identification of a person to whom the camera is pointed, including recognition of the person’s facial expressions to pick up on feelings and mood. Also, it can scan barcodes to identify items (with an audible alert when the camera is close to a barcode), verify denominations of currency, and a multitude of other functions, even without an Internet connection.
  • RoboCane. It is certainly no ordinary white cane! Built with a computer, microphone and 3-D camera, RoboCane can detect obstacles and supply voice prompts to let a user know what’s ahead. It also can guide its user through use of a motor-driven roller tip once floor plans of a preferred route are entered into its computer, as well as take verbal commands from the user and supply audio feedback through a wireless earpiece.
Aventa Senior Care can help improve total wellbeing for persons with a vision impairment through safe, trusted transportation and accompaniment to outings, assistance with household chores and personal care tasks, and even more. Contact us at (623) 428-2100 for a free in-home consultation to find out more about our Phoenix senior care! See our full service area here.
February 16th, 2018|0 Comments