2016 Resolution: Eat Your Peas and Greens
Dec28

2016 Resolution: Eat Your Peas and Greens

The traditional New Year’s Day soul food meal is loaded with nutritional benefits. So go ahead and indulge, but make sure you don’t kill the goodness with unnecessary fat, salt and calories. Throughout the South and in many black neighborhoods, families will sit down for a home-cooked meal of black-eyed peas, greens and pork. The humble peas are said to be a sign of humility but this simple bean is loaded with vitamins and...

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Prep for Doctor’s Appointment With These Tips
Dec28

Prep for Doctor’s Appointment With These Tips

Make a resolution to get your elderly loved one to the doctor early this year, but don’t go unprepared. The Mayo Clinic has great suggestions for how you can make the most of those appointments such as information you should provide to the doctor as well as questions you should take with you. Make sure you schedule appointments when your elder is generally at her or his best. Remember, many elders have a more difficult time as...

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Giving Thanks
Nov25

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving — and other major holidays when you are surrounded by extended family– is a great time to take an assessment of the elders in your life, ¬†After you’ve gotten in your hugs and settled in for the weekend, take a look around. Is the house in good order? Is there anything off about the food. Sure, grandma’s famous cornpones may not be as light as they once were, but are they really off the mark from...

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Culture is Key in Dementia Care
Nov01

Culture is Key in Dementia Care

Culture is important when it comes to dementia care. Elderly people seem to do better when familiar songs or rituals from their past are incorporated into memory care and wellness. This report from the BBC shows how care-givers there are helping Britons of Caribbean descent with music and dance from their youth.

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Why Does Alzheimer’s Disease Impact Women Harder?
Jul03

Why Does Alzheimer’s Disease Impact Women Harder?

The conventional thinking for many years has been that women are harder hit by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia because they live longer and your risk for the disease increases dramatically after the 85th year. However, now we know that if you live to 65, one in six women will get¬†Alzheimer’s sometime in their life as compared to one in 11 men. Why? The answer is complicated. It could be the drop in estrogen after...

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