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Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte (704-503-4660) shares the following article about activity and Alzheimer’s.
USA Today (April 19, 2012) carried an article by Janice Lloyd on the protection of physical activity again Alzheimer’s. The article reports on research published in the journal Neurology that indicates that higher levels of physical activity, not just exercising, can be linked to a reduced risk in developing Alzheimer’s, even in people over 80. Washing clothes, sweeping, dusting, yard work, even playing cards can have a beneficial effect.
People who scored in the bottom 10% of physical activity were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s. The study is the first to measure all physical activity, not just exercising.
Alzheimer’s affects 5 million in the US today, and with the aging of the Baby Boomers, that number is expected to triple in the years ahead.
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Preserving Skills and Function: Verbal Skills
At least one-third of the clients that Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte supports suffer from some form of dementia, and the numbers are growing. That is why Homewatch CareGivers focuses so much of providing helpful tips to the millions of families caring for a loved one with dementia. Below is one of our helpful tips.
The loss of verbal skills is an inevitable part of Alzheimer’s disease. It may occur when someone is in the early stages and be one of the first signs of the illness, or it may happen later as the disease progresses. “The progression of Alzheimer’s disease is different for everyone,” said Ellen Leon Carbonell, LCSW, Associate Director of Family Programs at the Alzheimer’s Association. “In some people, changes in verbal skills are the first thing that gets noticed, and this often leads to a visit to the doctor to find out what is causing the change. For others, different issues are part of the early stage of Alzheimer’s, and it isn’t until the middle stage of the disease that changes in verbal skills are noted. By the advanced stage of Alzheimer’s, the person with dementia will have moved from communicating primarily with words More >
As Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia, progresses, people can lose interest in day-to-day activities. “People with Alzheimer’s sometimes lose ‘executive function’,” said Ruth Drew, MS, LPC, Alzhiemer’s Association Director of Family and Information Services. “This impacts their ability to organize their thoughts, have insight, problem-solve and complete complex tasks. If a family member can help them overcome small hurdles, they are often able to continue to live rich, active, rewarding, engaged lives.” Ms. Drew recommends that caregivers find a way to get their loved one with Alzheimer’s involved in an activity that they enjoyed doing prior to the onset of the disease. “It can help if they get involved in activities they find interesting and enjoyable based on past interests and that fit their current abilities,” she said. “While people with Alzheimer’s may no longer have the organizational skills to make this happen on his or her own, they may be energized and invigorated by participating in pleasurable activities. This can also have a very positive affect on mood, self-worth and sense of purpose.” Her tips for making this a pleasant experience for both people are: 1. Work with the person’s current abilities and do not try to More >