Too much of a good thing: avoiding polypharmacy

By |2019-05-05T11:25:38-07:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Dementia Education, Health, Seniors, Tips|

You probably already know that mixing medications without the careful supervision of a healthcare provider can cause serious health problems. Did you know there is a word for this? It’s called “polypharmacy” - and its symptoms are often confused with the conditions being treated, or even normal aging. Because the average older adult takes 4 medications daily, it’s especially important to keep an eye out if you or your loved ones are in this [...]

February is American Heart Month: Tending to heart health may keep dementia at bay

By |2019-05-05T11:38:23-07:00February 16th, 2019|Categories: Dementia Education, Health, Wellness|

In recognition of American Heart Month, take time to tend to your heart. A recently concluded study spanning 20 years (1987-2017) found that heart health may be linked to lowering the risk for dementia later in life. According to the study, “Middle-aged study participants who had heart disease risks such as high blood pressure, smoking or diabetes when the study began were more at risk for developing dementia later.” You can read more at [...]

Furry friends and their health benefits for dementia

By |2019-05-05T11:39:57-07:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Health, Wellness|

Imagine a medical treatment that lowers blood pressure and heart rate, reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), boosts levels of serotonin (the feel-good hormone), saves billions in healthcare costs for myriad health conditions, and even improves nutritional intake in patients with dementia. It sounds too good to be true - but these are just some of the benefits offered by pets. Dogs, cats, birds, and even fish can provide these health benefits, in addition to [...]