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Uncovering the Brain Benefits of “Music & Exercise”

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 and imaging science at Emory, revealed that those who played instruments before the age of nine had better verbal and working memory functions than individuals who started playing music later and individuals who had never picked up an instrument.

Furthermore, in an earlier study, Hanna-Pladdy also found that musicians who had been playing music for a minimum of ten years—even if they stopped playing altogether after this time frame—performed better at memory processing and flexibility activities than those who had never played an instrument.

Though there are currently no studies suggesting that teaching older adults to play an instrument would have the same effect as those individuals who started playing at a young age, the implications are significant given that researchers already know that music has a positive effect on people with dementia.

Listen and learn at “Music & Exercise for a Healthy Brain and Body”

Various brain benefits can be acquired through a good diet, sunlight exposure and other healthy lifestyle practices like attending events for your health. Recent advancements in neurological research have proven the effectiveness of music therapy in improving our physical & mental health. Please join us for a class led by board-certified music therapist Carolyn Dobson. The class will consist of hands-on, cognitive function, speech and vocal skills. Class is free and open to the public but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call (214) 559-5402 or email kshankle@belmontvillage.com.

Event details:

  • July 1, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Belmont Village Turtle Creek, 3535 North Hall Street, Dallas, TX75219 United States

Why Your Loved One Should Drink Golden Milk

Golden milk is easy to make. Mix one cup of almond or coconut milk with a teaspoon of organic coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric paste or powder. Some recipes recommend adding varying amounts of black pepper to help mix the spice into the milk. Others suggest adding some ginger to boost anti-inflammatory properties. Warm it up and add a little honey or cinnamon to improve the flavor, as turmeric is somewhat bitter. This recipe makes a nutritious and delicious bedtime beverage Dallas hourly caregivers can easily prepare to boost their senior loved one’s health.

Relieves Bone and Joint Pain

Medical researchers have been studying the active ingredients in turmeric and have found that they significantly reduce pain and increase mobility among those with conditions such as osteoarthritis, bursitis, and other spine and joint ailments. Medicines like aspirin often cause irritation of the stomach lining, but golden milk is gentle and is known to reduce inflammation due to turmeric’s high concentration of curcumin.

Prevents and Alleviates Illnesses

Recent clinical studies suggest that turmeric is helpful in fighting cancer of the breast and colon, prostate and skin, and even the lung. Golden milk also helps to alleviate some side effects of chemotherapy. Another advantage of drinking golden milk daily is its ability to keep cholesterol from forming gallstones. It has also beneficial in treating cardiovascular disease, colds, flu, and gum disease. It may even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, which is why dementia caregivers in Dallas are encouraged to prepare this drink for the seniors in their care.

Boosts Healthy Digestion

Golden milk offers relief for the pain and discomfort due to indigestion, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and even ulcers. It also reduces painful symptoms of gas and bloating. Because golden milk’s key ingredient is turmeric, it also encourages healthy digestion by staving off or alleviating symptoms of acid reflux, indigestion, and GERD.

Senior health and wellbeing is top priority for the professionals at Dallas Home Care Assistance. We provide comprehensive at-home care in Dallas to help seniors adopt healthy lifestyle habits to boost longevity and wellbeing. Our friendly caregivers accomplish this by incorporating our proprietary Balanced Care Method in your loved one’s tailored care plan at no additional cost. Call us at (214) 216-6811 today to learn more about our services and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.

Senior Eating Disorders: Knowing the Signs

Eating disorders are commonly thought of as problems for young people, but that is a myth. People with eating disorders are found among various age groups and genders, including senior citizens. It’s important for families and providers of hourly home care in Dallas, TX to understand the signs of an eating disorder to maintain senior health and wellness.

Significant Weight Changes Over a Short Time

Significant weight gain or loss over a short time can indicate something is wrong with your senior loved one. If seniors lose a lot of weight, it may indicate that they have an eating disorder or their body isn’t getting what it needs to function properly.

Wanting to Eat Alone

Demanding to eat alone is a common way for seniors to disguise how much they are eating or not eating during meals. It could also be a way to disguise purging behaviors after eating or even a means of hiding their food.

Using the Bathroom Immediately After Eating

Disappearing immediately after a meal could be a sign of purging, a hallmark of some eating disorders. Seniors who retreat immediately after a meal could also be hoarding or hiding food for later, which is another sign of an eating disorder.

Skipping Meals

Many people with anorexia nervosa will severely limit the amount of calories they consume each day. They also may try excessive exercise or laxatives to control their weight in conjunction with starvation. This behavior is especially dangerous for seniors who receive Dallas dementia home care as seniors with dementia need to maintain a nutritious, regular diet to support healthy brain function.

Obsession with Weight

Most people with eating disorders have an unhealthy obsession with weight and a distorted body image. For senior adults, this struggle with self-esteem may have been lifelong and only surface later in life as a response to a specific trigger. 

Treating eating disorders for senior adults requires cooperation from their doctors and a therapist. Most important, however, is understanding the signs of eating disorders. If you suspect your loved one has an eating disorder, it’s important to contact a medical professional. From there you can enlist the help of Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of comprehensive at-home care Dallas families can trust to help with nutritious meal preparation and daily exercise. Our dedicated caregivers make your loved one a priority and help him or her adopt healthy lifestyle habits to ensure health and wellbeing. Learn more about our services when you call (214) 216-6811 today and schedule a complimentary consultation with a friendly Care Manager.