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Caregiving: Why Is Routine Important?

Quality Caregivers Prioritize Routine

Predictable schedules are probably best for everyone, but this becomes especially true as we age.  Surely, you’ve heard someone say that humans are “creatures of habit?” Consistent schedules remind older adults of what’s ahead, bringing a sense of comfort to them. When someone suffers from dementia, daily structure and routine provided by their caregiver is even more important.

Structured Routines Provide Feelings of Security

Structured routines for daily meals, bathing or dressing provide feelings of security for most older adults. Typically, they sleep better as a result of regular sleep and wake up times, too.

Elderly people struggling with dementia become less confused with structured caregiver routines. Sometimes, a dementia patient might forget what was done earlier that day, but he or she will sense what’s coming next in the day’s schedule. Regularly scheduled dining times prevent hunger pangs, reducing considerable stress in dementia patients, who may otherwise have behavioral challenges for the caregiver.

Keeping a regular schedule means less planning for the caregiver and an appreciation of each moment enjoying the person being cared for.

Plan the Routine

Plan the routine with the adult first 

Plan the routine around the person being cared for. When planning meal times, daily care or activities, consider the time of day that the adult seems to function best. When the older adult already has a routine, don’t change it. If he or she is happy waking up early for toast and coffee, let them keep the routine. Keep any adult’s routine as stable as possible.

You’ll need flexibility as well as routine

Keeping a routine is vital, yet flexibility is needed, too. Occasionally, the person might not feel well and will need additional rest, but on good days, an unplanned activity like a walk can feel perfect.

Keep variety with scheduled activities, too 

Schedule activities for each week, yet add some variety, too. Try different types of exercise and cognitive challenges. Add spiritual nourishment and different social events. What hobbies were pursued in the past? Perhaps the caregiver can modify undertakings that are now too difficult.

Keep everything in its place

As a caregiver, only rearrange personal belongings in the home for safety reasons. It can cause confusion and frustration for an elderly adult.

Could your loved one benefit from additional assistance? Home Care Assistance will provide as little or as much in-home help to older adults as needed. Call the Home Care Assistance office nearest you today for more information!

How To Tell The Difference Between Delirium And Dementia

Mental confusion and acute emotional distress can be symptoms of delirium and dementia, which would make it easy to confuse the two illnesses with each other. However, these are two distinctly different medical problems, and it’s critical for caregivers and community medical staff to understand their differences. Delirium commonly affects older patients and is often seen as a complication in hospital admission for the elderly.

How do you recognize delirium?

Delirium is an acute problem, with a patient displaying confusion, disrupted attention, muddled speech and sometimes hallucinations. Delirium is diagnosed by behavioral observation of the patient and medical help is necessary when someone displays potential symptoms. It’s usually a temporary condition and is typically reversed after the root source is treated.

The following are common triggers of delirium:

  • Drug interactions
  • Head trauma
  • Infections
  • Liver failure
  • Dehydration
  • Brain tumors

Facilities and hospitals that offer senior care commonly see older people with delirium. It can be triggered by alcohol or drug abuse, UTIs, pneumonia, or other illness. Other things that can become problematic are medical or dental procedures using anesthesia, high fever, sleep deprivation or heightened emotional stress.

Symptoms of delirium:

  • Disturbing emotional displays
  • Extreme or fluctuating mood changes
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Inattention or inability to focus
  • Disorganized thinking / cognitive problems
  • Lack of awareness of the environment
  • Delusions or hallucinations

How can one differentiate delirium from dementia?

At a glance, they may seem similar, but delirium starts abruptly and can fluctuate from day to day or hour to hour, whereas dementia manifests itself slowly over long periods of time. Dementia is considered irreversible.

Mental confusion is displayed with both, but it’s critically important to understand the distinct differences when caring for an elderly person.

Why is it important to understand the difference?

Delirium is a sign or symptom of a serious medical issue. It could even be a reaction to a medication spiraling to a medical emergency. Delirium must be medically treated as quickly as possible or it can cause permanent problems or even death.

Delirium goes all too often unrecognized by medical professionals because symptoms can be so easily attributed to dementia, instead of the serious immediate problem that it is. Emergency help is needed when symptoms of delirium are noted.

Often, older dementia patients develop delirium during a hospital stay, but once the underlying cause is being treated, caregivers can provide a quiet, safe and comfortable environment to help them calm down.

Does the senior in your life need dementia care in Dallas, TX?

Call Home Care Assistance of Dallas at (214) 216-6811 and let us provide you with a top of the line dementia care provider for your loved one.

Staying Active is Important at Any Age

Staying active is important at any age. We need regular physical activity to keep our balance, strength, and cardiovascular health. Physical activity also reduces the chance of chronic disease. We can all increase our health and vitality, regardless of age!

Experts recommend 150 minutes or more of weekly exercise. Go slowly at first, and gradually increase frequency and intensity.

Walking is Perfect

Walking is perfect for every age and ability with no need for a gym membership! Older adults can stroll the neighborhood or venture to nature areas with trails. Walking gets even better as a social event if family or friends come along!

Do What You Can

TV doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Ride a stationary bike or walk on a treadmill while watching a TV show. Stretch on the commercial breaks or use hand weights to increase strength. Put on some lively music and dance to get spirits lifted and the body moving.

Gardens with Benefits

Enjoy the many benefits of herbs, produce and flowers from the backyard! Senses awaken from natural fragrances and getting outdoors provides a sense of wellbeing.

Golfing

Golfing can offer healthy opportunities from the bending and swinging, as well as walking to each hole. Besides, there are social, physical and mental aspects of golf that are stimulating to the brain.

Swimming

Swimming is ideal for cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal system health. It’s especially good for anyone with arthritis or joint pain, too. Most community pools have water aerobics classes or times specifically designated for older adults to enjoy the water.

Professional Help is Available

Of course, older adults may need help at times and they could benefit from Home Care Assistance. Professional help is available at any time for assistance with daily tasks or focusing on healthier activities.

Compassionate caregivers can offer assistance with adult mobility or exercise. Sometimes, offering transportation to a doctor appointment is appreciated. In any case, caregivers can allow an aging adult to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Family sometimes realizes there aren’t enough hours in the day to engage in all the activities their loved ones want or need. No reason to be sad or guilty! Allow Home Care Assistance to help. Respite care allows the aging adult or parent to have uninterrupted activity times while the family caregiver gets a well-deserved break.

Home Care Assistance caregivers are able to help with meal prep, physical activity and personal hygiene for short- or long-term. Call Home Care Assistance to inquire about our reliable in-home care for seniors.

Changing Bad Habits of Elderly Parents

Can Older Parents Make Healthy Changes?

Sometimes you worry about your aging parents, especially when it’s apparent that they need to make some healthy changes. Perhaps they’re not getting enough activity, social interaction, or eating regular meals. You care and want to help them out, but it seems like your voice just isn’t heard when you try to talk about making changes.

So, how is it possible to persuade Mom or Dad to make healthy changes? Are you open to learning a few techniques? To get started, pick your battles wisely, and never lecture your parent. Engage in conversation during the time of day your parent is most amenable and try to keep a sense of humor.

Habits Can Be Hard to Change

“Habit” is defined by Dictionary.com as “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.” Brushing your teeth is a healthy habit. A morning walk could become a habit, too, but insisting on behavior change from a parent – or anyone else – won’t do much good! It’s not easy to let go of, or create, a patterned behavior.

Change Isn’t Easy

So, don’t you have some unhealthy habits yourself? And, have you had to make serious lifestyle changes? Yes? Then, you know it’s not easy to change habits, and trying to get someone else to change is even more of a challenge!

Consider Feelings When Asking for Change

Chances are that your mom or dad are actually cognizant of their needed changes, so don’t worsen the situation by nagging. It could exasperate your parent, making them even less willing to cooperate.

Consider their feelings when asking for change. Lovingly tell your parent that you understand their challenges.

Consider Why They Need Change

Be a sleuth and investigate your parent’s situation, asking questions that might uncover what’s going on. Is their lack of initiative a response to a recent stress.? Does he or she have a health-related issue you weren’t aware of? Have you recently seen increased isolation, creating this recent apathy? Does your parent understand that people do notice and care that their home isn’t as tidy as it once was? Is it time for additional professional elderly care?

Healthy New Habits Can Replace the Old

If your parent does want to make healthy changes, then what? Teri Goetz, a writer for Psychology Today, recently wrote that it’s not enough to will a change to happen. Help your parent form a plan, then create an arsenal of healthy behaviors that can replace old unwanted ones. If your parent decides to quit smoking, plan activities for when the cravings hit – like making a phone call to a friend or taking a walk around the block. Either might be enough to boost willpower.

Power in Social Connections

There is power in social connections. They keep us on track or derail our efforts to change. If your parents socialize with other smokers, it’s going to be harder for them to keep off cigarettes. Here’s where you might offer some loving elderly care. Take your parent to lunch, or find ways to increase time with them for a while. Build their sense of belonging by showing them how important they are while they’re working on their habit changes.

Changing a habit can be hard, but good social connections and a sense of control over our own lives can be helpful.

  1. Allow Your Parent to Accept Help Graciously
  2. Juggling Your Parents’ Independence and Safety
  3. How to Tackle Difficult Conversations Around Care

Important Baby Steps

Changing behaviors might not be easy but people who effectively participate in elderly care suggest this tidbit: Simplify where you can.

B.J. Fogg , creator of the Tiny Habits® Program, teaches that there are three things that create long-term behavior changes:

  1. An epiphany.
  2. A change in the environment.
  3. Baby steps.

As B.J. says, a change in environment and baby steps are your best choices. You can change your environment (keep no cigarettes in the house) and you can take baby steps, creating small goals, that lead to bigger ones. Helping your parent attain a goal will create a positive sense of accomplishment for you and your parent.

Who Should Start the Conversation?

Maybe you aren’t the best person to start the difficult conversation with your parents. Is there an ally who has already helped you with their elderly care? Perhaps this person could approach the subject with your parents, instead of you. In the very least, you’ll have to design a plan, select the best time of day and location, with privacy in mind, when initiating the difficult conversation.

Carolyn Rosenblatt, an expert in aging, says that when you are assisting in parents’ elderly care, a challenging request might be more easily received when partial blame is allowed to fall on the adult child, rather than the aging parents. Your mother won’t be as upset if you approach her smoking habit by saying something like this…

“Mom, I know that sometimes I’m just a pain and a worry wart. Still, I’m just getting so concerned about how many years you have smoked. Would you be open to talking with the doctor about ways to quit smoking? I just love you and I know I’d probably sleep better if we talked with the doctor about this.”

Muster Patience!

Muster up your patience with your elderly care. Offer your encouragement in making changes. Be compassionate, keeping in mind that a sense of humor can be helpful, too!

Resources:

  1. How to Change Unhealthy Habits, by Teri Goetz
  2. TinyHabits
  3. Persuading Our Stubborn Aging Parents, by Carolyn Rosenblatt

How Caregiver Burnout Damages Our Brains

What does caregiver burnout mean? Can it be prevented?

It’s not unusual to read about work-related stress and how it leads to burnout, as it has been studied and talked about often. There hasn’t been as much research specific to family caregiver burnout, yet it can also be stressful and may actually damage the brain, as well.

Caregiver Burnout

Why might you have concern if you are a family caregiver? Realistically, a family caregiver may have more stress than what comes with a full-time career. Unfortunately, it’s even possible to cause damage to one’s own brain, as well as mental and emotional health by taking care of someone you love. The following may help you understand how helping as a family caregiver can create problems for the brain, and what you can do about it.

What Does Caregiver Burnout (or Syndrome) Look Like?

Other people might notice first that a caregiver has burnout, and that he or she is showing the same symptoms seen with severe stress or depression. Symptoms may include, but aren’t limited to, anger or rage, exhaustion, social withdrawal, lack of appetite or weight gain, problems sleeping leading to extreme fatigue, digestive concerns, lowered immune function, and more. You won’t read about “Caregiver Syndrome” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, yet this is a term commonly used by healthcare professionals as they describe what sometimes happens to caregivers.

An excellent post entitled, “The Effects of Caregiver Stress on the Body and Brain,” found on the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center website states that caregiving sometimes has major effects on one’s overall health, especially when the responsibilities extend for long periods of time.

Symptoms of burnout can vary in respect to the caregiver’s genetic traits, education, financial circumstances, and previous mental conditions, but since nearly 70% of caregivers end up suffering from depression, caregiving stress management is important. Self-monitoring and an awareness of one’s own changes or indication of problems can help caregivers get help in a timely manner. As with other forms of chronic stress, caregiver burnout can create serious harm to your brain if left unchecked because stress appears to trigger chemical changes that impact memory capacity and learning abilities.

Situational Versus Long-Term Stress

Caregiving can be extremely challenging and a trial for to keep emotions and psyche intact. Even stress that is considered short-term and temporary can make people anxious, irritable or tense, forgetful or distracted, but it can still get worse with long periods of stress. When caregivers push down or deny negative emotions like guilt, their stress hormone levels tend to rise, and the increased levels may impact physical, emotional and mental health. Research shows that the consequences of caregiving can include lowered immune and endocrine functioning, increased depression, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and even a risk of early death. A Huffington Post article counseled that lengthy periods of extreme life events can “harm your brain’s memory and learning capacity by reducing the volume of gray matter in brain regions associated with emotions, self-control, and physiological functions.” In other words, chronic stress may shrink the brain.

Tips for Handling Caregiver Burnout Before It Damages your Brain

If stress hormone levels begin to surge, consider improving your brain power with some smart remedies suggested by the Mayo Clinic:

Accept help that gets offered to you. When a friend or family member offers help, accept it! In fact, it makes sense to keep a list of items friends, family or healthcare professionals could assist with, if they volunteer to help. They might run errands, grocery shop, cook homemade meals, do some housekeeping or just take some time with the person you are caring for, in order for you to take a well-deserved break.

Remember to take care of yourself. Caregivers sometimes get immersed in strong feelings of guilt. Beware of this trap, as you’re probably doing a better job than you think as you care for your loved one. Don’t even try for perfection. Guilt can be paralyzing and lead to depression, so do the best you can and remember to take care of yourself, too.

Don’t overdo it. Caregivers assisting loved ones often overdo it and suddenly they realize they’ve run themselves down. Keep yourself feeling good by setting achievable and realistic goals. Set aside some time to keep yourself organized. Learn to say “no.”

Research community resources. Once you’ve identified and created a list of needs, search locally for what might be available to you for resources. You might find classes that educate people in your situation. Perhaps, there are local support groups that can help people like you? Cleaning, transportation services, and meal preparation and home delivery companies may be helpful.

Self-care. Don’t lose yourself or your own health goals. It’s important to get quality sleep, exercise regularly, and eat healthy fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of fresh water and keep up with visits to your own doctor during this time, too.

Respite Care May Help

Sometimes, when you give yourself (and your brain) a reprieve from the daily grind, you feel better, so consider respite care regularly. Respite care means temporary care of the dependent person while the regular caregiver takes time to recuperate and recover. Sometimes respite involves help at home with a professional assisting your loved one. Sometimes, an aide provides assistance while the family caregiver goes on a little vacation, or at least spends a day or two making time for walking or bicycling outdoors. Enjoying social time with friends can help a caregiver feel refreshed.

A family caregiver has vitally important and exceedingly challenging work at hand. If you are a caregiver, take care of yourself!  Keep stress managed as much as possible but if you begin to recognize symptoms of burnout in your behavior, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Taking care of yourself is a priority before you can take care of someone else!

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Secrets to Long Lives and Relationships of Seniors

When it comes to life vitality, have you stopped to consider how important your love and connections might be for you? What if your physician simply prescribed the following: “Immerse yourself in a community filled with people you love. Consistently strive for new friendships, while maintaining your old friendships. Never neglect time for family and others that love you.”

Recent studies say it may be that simple and straightforward! Loving connectivity with friends and family strongly correlates with longevity. Good relationships create meaningful lives. When older people commit to active lifestyles with other adults, they tend to easily make new friendships. A retired minister, Richard Watts, was quoted saying, “We never outlive our need or capacity to be useful,” and his words ring true as we continue to understand that relationships are essential to our physical and mental wellbeing. We are happier and live longer when we feel valued. We are social beings who enjoy physical and emotional benefits from interactions with people.

 

Loneliness Can’t Be Good

We’ve all heard that healthy lifestyle habits improve our health, but loneliness, on the other hand, has the potential to create depression and mental illness. Healthy interactions with others are imperative or our bodies will deteriorate. Loneliness can manifest inflammation, which makes us feel sick. Unfortunately, once this happens, the inflammation then provides a reason to socially withdrawal. Loneliness compromises health by making us feel ill, which results in further isolation from our friends and community.

 

Alternately, quality relationships can build our immunity. They can help us contract fewer colds, flu and chronic illness. High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease can be reduced, too. It’s obvious that personal connections are the antidote to many illnesses. In fact, whether we are a loving caregiver or the recipient of loving care, our bodies can benefit. In either case, loving relationships reduce stress and inflammation.

 

Social Activity and Wellbeing

Feelings of well-being increase when we surround ourselves by others, and we even take better care of ourselves, too. When we have events to look forward to on the calendar, it creates an optimistic future outlook and when we surround ourselves with active friends, we are that much more active, as well. We create healthier habits and lifestyle changes when we’re connected with other active people. It also promotes a sense of life purpose which brings a positive and bright outlook that leads to better brain health.

 

The Brain and Social Interaction

Quality relationships are good for us, and studies show that we reap benefits from social interaction. Conversing with other people can keep us sharp and thinking clearly. We tend to use additional brain power when we have conversations with others. Conversations challenge us to remember past details and learn new things, too.

 

 

How to Decrease the Risk of Heart Disease of Seniors

Since healthy lifestyles typically correlate with a healthy heart, it’s great knowing that even seemingly small lifestyle changes may improve your heart health. Take the time to learn how to decrease your risk of heart disease.

Sadly, up to 80% of the 17,000,000 annual deaths from heart disease worldwide could be prevented. Heart disease is often a silent killer, sneaking up slowly until suddenly, the heart damage becomes obvious.

You might be planning out your future, but a heart attack or heart disease could change everything. However, if you take time to learn about heart disease and its causes, you’ll become more aware of the daily choices you’re making. You don’t have to waste time worrying about the future if you actively work towards reducing the risk of heart disease and heart attack by making choices and changes to improve your health.

 

Causes of Heart Disease

There’s nothing newly discovered about heart disease. Basically, atherosclerosis is still the main enemy. A buildup of plaque in the lining of arteries over time hardens and narrows the arteries. The blood flow to vital organs and tissues becomes reduced, and finally, heart and blood vessels are hopelessly damaged.

Learn the 3 lifestyle habits most responsible for atherosclerosis:

  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking

These above-mentioned poor lifestyle choices, mixed with heavy doses of stress, can be a recipe for heart disease. Still, isn’t it good to know that risk factors like age and genetics may not be within your power to change, but daily lifestyle choices certainly are? Each person has the power to make healthy changes when they are ready.

Takeaway tip: Discover the causes of heart disease. Know the lifestyle choices that could promote heart problems. This way, you can make your own plan to make changes for the better.

 

How to Prevent Heart Problems

Eat well

Our human bodies crave fresh, nutritious whole foods. When we eat well, our bodies can thrive and have optimal health with peak performance abilities. On the other hand, fast foods, processed foods, and poor eating habits can clog arteries with plaque, create high blood pressure, and raise cholesterol levels beyond healthy limits. Consume healthy fats, and smaller amounts of salt and sugar instead, and your heart health is likely to improve.

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan and the Mediterranean Diet are the most recommended plans for eating towards heart health. They’re each slightly different, but their foundations are similar.

Best diets for heart health include:

  • Vegetables, including greens, broccoli, cabbage and carrots
  • Colorful fruits, e.g. apples, berries, melons and oranges and citrus fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Quality proteins
  • Coldwater fish
  • Fresh eggs
  • Healthy fats, from seeds, nuts, and avocados

Whole nutrient-rich food helps keep you feel satiated longer, but don’t give in to processed foods or drinks heavy in salt, sugar, and alcohol or it will undo your good work.

Takeaway Tip: Decide on just one healthy addition to your diet this week. At the same time, eliminate one processed food. Yes, it definitely is possible achieving two changes to better health within a week! Consider fresh fruit in the morning instead of a sugary blueberry muffin, for example.

 

Get More Exercise

Increasing physical activity can improve your health. Get up and move around often throughout the day because activity helps to reduce the four most common risk factors for heart disease.

Getting more exercise:

  • may decrease high cholesterol
  • decreases high blood pressure
  • helps with weight loss
  • lowers the likelihood of type 2 diabetes

You’ll probably want to get more exercise after reading the above list. Try for 180 minutes per week, or a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Health experts recommend keeping your heartbeat elevated for at least 10 minutes at a time. Walking is a great choice, but you might add swimming, dancing, bicycling or weight lifting for exercise instead. It’s all good for you!

Takeaway Tip: Increase your activity by at least 5 minutes each day. Do something simple, like turning on music and dancing in the privacy of your home! Small things do add up, too, so park a little further away from the store so you have to walk further to get inside!

 

Smoking

Smoking isn’t an option. Just stop! Nicotine reduces the size of blood vessels, contributing to damage by carbon monoxide. It can destroy the insides of your heart vessels and it creates a great risk of heart disease.  Sure, it can be challenging to break this habit, but you just need to remember it’s a lifestyle choice,  and it’s within your control. It may be hard to quit… but it’s achievable and people do it all the time. Ask your doctor about local cessation programs or types of products that might help you quit.

Takeaway Tip: Keep your reasons to quit smoking top of mind by listing them on a post-it note and putting it where you’ll see it often. Do you want to generally feel better, be able to do more, or play games with your grandkids? Decide what motivates you!

 

Stress

High inflammation in the body happens after suffering prolonged stress, but these levels can be reduced and managed before arteries are severely damaged. Highly emotional circumstances often precede heart attacks, so don’t let yourself get too far out of control! Do you find yourself drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and suppressing emotions as ways to reduce stress? You might want to find some alternate strategies for relieving stress instead.

How about these options:

  • Talk to a mental health provider for different strategies
  • Meditate
  • Increase daily physical activity
  • Release hurts and frustrations
  • Enjoy your relationships with full intention

Remember that our personal responses to life’s challenges are within our control!

Takeaway Tip:  Are you ready to make some change? How about this one new daily habit? Try writing five items you’re grateful for in the morning or learn deep breathing techniques.

 

Try to know and understand all that you can in order to prevent heart disease. Understand your personal risk factors so you are able to make positive lifestyle changes. Stay focused and be willing to change. Consider heart disease risks that could affect you, then take simple steps, because even small healthy habits will make a difference!

New Research Leads on Treating Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Don’t Lose Hope!

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting elderly people, gradually leads to dementia. Although researches and studies are leading us closer to finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases, there is no definite treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. As a trusted home health services agency, we understand taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be an around-the-clock task and provide trained and experienced Alzheimer’s care professionals committed to improving the quality of life of your loved one. Read on to learn more about how close the researchers are to finding a treatment for AD and Dementia.

New Biomarker to Detect Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have identified a peptide that recognizes a protein that is elevated in the brain blood vessels of AD affected mice and humans. The peptide could act as a biomarker, helping in early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Antiepileptic Drugs Increase the Risk of Alzheimer’s

A new study by the University of Eastern Finland and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases found that continuous use of antiepileptic drugs is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Some antiepileptic drugs are known to impair cognitive function, which can lead to neurodegenerative disorders in the long run.

Antidepressants and Bladder Medicines Possibly Linked to Dementia

A study led by the University of East Anglia (UK) found that people who had been diagnosed with dementia were up to 30 per cent more likely to have been prescribed specific classes of anticholinergic and antispasmodic medications. Anticholinergic antidepressants have been found to be linked with dementia, even when taken up to 20 years before a diagnosis.

Music-based Treatments to Help Alleviate Dementia-induced Anxiety

The researchers at the University of Utah Health conducted a study using a functional MRI revealing that music activates the brain, causing the visual network, the salience network, the executive network, and the cerebellar and cortical cerebellar network pairs showing significantly higher functional connectivity in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, reducing anxiety.

Cancer Drugs to Prevent the Brain Inflammation caused by Dementia

According to a study conducted by UC Irvine, a certain class of cancer drugs, called “CSF1R inhibitors”, which is generally used to treat immunity-related conditions and cancers, such as glioblastoma and tumors, can also eliminate the neural inflammation caused by injuries and disorders such as AD.

Looking for a Home Care Assistance Professional? Look No More!

If you are searching for Alzheimer’s care experts, for your loved one, no need to look any further. Home Care Assistance of Dallas, TX has a team of trained caregivers who are committed to improving the lives of elderly loved ones by providing expert care for a number of age-related disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. To learn more about our home health services and care plans, fill out our contact form or simply call (214) 253-8784.