The Best Way for Seniors to Grow New Brain Cells
The Best Way for Seniors to Grow New Brain Cells
By Jennifer Satery, 2:02 pm on June 30, 2016

In her lab at King’s College London, neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret studies how new brain cells are created in the adult nervous system through a process called neurogenesis. This phenomenon is unique to the hippocampal region of the brain, an area that is involved in memory and mood. Through her research, Thuret hopes to discover how we create new nerve cells throughout our lives, how food, activity and other factors affect this growth, and how diseases such as Alzheimer’s impact our brain’s ability to continue growing new cells. The primary function of the hippocampus is to consolidate short-term memories into long-term memories, but it also plays an important role in spatial navigation, learning,…

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Older couple playing the piano in their home in Dallas, TX
Older couple playing the piano in their home in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 12:01 pm on June 28, 2016

Although the media continuously publicizes new research around Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, there is still a large amount of uncertainty around the disease, how it progresses and ways in which individuals can delay its symptoms. Scientists have long preached that staying active, having hobbies, and creating strong social ties promote brain benefits and may help stave off cognitive decline. While there is currently no known cure or proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, recent research suggests that music & exercise may help delay symptoms of dementia and help the brain resist damage over time. A study conducted by Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, assistant professor of neurology, radiology…

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Alzheimer's Association Brain Smart Institute announcement in Dallas, TX
Alzheimer's Association Brain Smart Institute announcement in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 12:08 pm on June 24, 2016

Worldwide, 387 million people are living with diabetes with numbers expected to increase to 592 million in the next twenty years. If left unmanaged, diabetes can have serious effects on the heart, kidneys, nerves and teeth and puts the individual at an increased risk of stroke and dementia. Now, a new study has found further evidence of diabetes’ impact on brain health by reducing blood flow to the brain and causing cognitive decline in older adults. Vera Novak, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and her colleagues studied sixty-five participants, aged 57 to 75 years old, for two years –…

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Combat senior loneliness with social events in Dallas, TX
Combat senior loneliness with social events in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 11:22 am on June 22, 2016

As we age, it is important to take care of both our body and our minds. Mood disorders, including depression, have been linked to cognitive decline and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. Here we explore these findings and tips to combat loneliness, a major contributor to depression in individuals 65 and older. The study, led by research teams from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, used data from over 8,300 adults aged 65 and older participating in the U.S. Health and Retirement Study. Participants in the study underwent regular testing every two years from 1998 to 2010. Tests recorded their levels of depression,…

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Take Care of Your Health with In-person Visits and Medicare/Medicaid Counseling in Dallas, TX
Take Care of Your Health with In-person Visits and Medicare/Medicaid Counseling in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 5:06 pm on June 20, 2016

Technology affords us unparalleled convenience – we can check in on Mom or Dad frequently with a quick phone call or text message even if they live hundreds or thousands of miles away. However, recent research has found that remote communication does not compare to in-person visits when it comes to preventing depression in older adults. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults over the age of 50 who were part of the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Survey between 2004 and 2010. The data looked at how often the participants interacted with family and friends using four different…

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Graphic showing pressure in the head
Graphic showing pressure in the head
By Jennifer Satery, 12:53 pm on June 14, 2016

The myth that aging means inevitable cognitive decline is a common misconception. As a part of our mission to change the way the world ages, Home Care Assistance of Dallas hopes to dispel these myths around aging and focus on the positive side of growing old. Another proponent of positive aging, Sandra Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director at the Center for BrainHealth, casts light on one of the benefits of aging with her article, “The Potential of the Aging Mind”, which highlights research on how some brain functions actually improve with age. Research led by Joshua Hartshorne from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took a unique approach by looking…

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Celebrate Successful Aging with Positive Thinking in Dallas, TX
Celebrate Successful Aging with Positive Thinking in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 6:12 pm on June 9, 2016

The number of people living to age 100 has nearly doubled in the past three decades and with longer lifespan comes a shift in focus on promoting wellness in our extended years. Our mission at Home Care Assistance of Dallas is to change the way the world ages, helping older adults enjoy longer, happier and healthier lives into their later years through community education and innovative programs based on cutting-edge research in the health and senior care fields. It’s time to celebrate successful aging with positive thinking in Dallas! The Balanced Care Method is built on evidence that only one-third of healthy longevity is based on genetics while two-thirds is…

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3 Outdoor Summer Activities that are Perfect for Older Adults in Dallas, TX
3 Outdoor Summer Activities that are Perfect for Older Adults in Dallas, TX
By Jennifer Satery, 3:41 pm on June 8, 2016

Summer brings sunshine and fresh air, but for seniors who have mobility issues, the simple act of venturing outside can be difficult. Depending on the activity, going outdoors can help relieve boredom, increase vitamin D from sun exposure and boost physical exercise resulting in happiness and improved overall well-being. Here are 3 outdoor summer activities in Dallas, TX! Try one with your loved one today! 1. Plant a garden Seniors who need to use canes, walkers or wheelchairs may feel frustrated or inconvenienced in crowded public places. Planting a garden in the privacy of his or her backyard is a simple way to get your loved one outdoors without the…

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How Can Dallas Innovations Help Improve Heart Health?
How Can Dallas Innovations Help Improve Heart Health?
By Jennifer Satery, 11:46 am on June 7, 2016

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide even though most cases are preventable. To help our local Dallas community, Home Care Assistance is sharing the latest study on how positive text messages can encourage heart-healthy choices as well as some tips to kick-start your own heart-healthy regimen. The study, published in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), explored the benefits of positive mobile notifications, such as text messages, and their effect on lifestyle modifications for disease prevention. The Tobacco, Exercise and Diet Messages trial included 710 participants with coronary heart disease who were, on average, 58-years-old. All participants received regular care while only half were…

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Decrease your risk of diabetes with Vegan Noms in Dallas
Decrease your risk of diabetes with Vegan Noms in Dallas
By Jennifer Satery, 12:23 pm on June 2, 2016

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar, or when the body cannot use the insulin it produces. If left unregulated, diabetes can lead to nerve damage and may even affect brain health. The effects of diabetes are widespread: in 2014, 9% of all adults over the age of 18 had diabetes; this statistic increases with age. Being overweight or obese also increases the risk of developing diabetes. To reduce this risk, experts recommend cooking more meals at home. In a recent study, researchers asked 99,000 men and women about their eating habits over three decades. They…

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