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We’ve put this event together to help us prevent avoidable memory loss.
At the time of writing this post, the Australian Government has announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care, no matter where you see this announcement politically, it represents an opportunity to improve dementia care management.
For many people living with dementia, they don’t reside in an Aged Care Facility but in the home, often with family and loved ones supporting them, stride by stride as the condition plays out for that family unit.
Dementia, isn’t just an experience of memory loss, but a host of symptoms which may commonly impact behaviour. A change in behaviour can be a significant challenges and a source of stress for the family and carers.
Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are often considered to be the greatest challenge in dementia care, leading to increased healthcare costs, caregiver burden, and placement into care facilities. For family at home carers, there’s a reported increase in stress and depression and reduce overall quality of life.
The host of medications that a person may take as a result include anti-psychotic, antidepressants, mood stabilizer, sleep or sedative medication.… .. Click here to read the rest
There is an emerging interest in the role of lifestyle intervention for neurological conditions and MS being one of these conditions gaining more media attention. In this article we discuss emerging MS Lifestyle Interventions and Research with a special focus on answering what I can do to help my MS at home.
The world is seeing an increase in MS diagnoses – about three-quarters of them women but there are differences between regions for example between Australia and Japan ( MS Paris 2017).
In this article we refer to the work of Professor George Jelinek, a pioneer into lifestyle interventions for MS, which gratefully has drawn more research attention into the role of lifestyle medicine and the effect it has on reducing risk associated with MS.
It’s worth declaring right up front, according to the MS Research Australia, “everyone’s MS and their individual circumstances are different meaning that the treatment and management of their disease is also very individual.… .. Click here to read the rest
If you’ve been on a visit to your GP you’ve likely seen the poster ” What Is Australia’s Biggest Killer?” Under the headline is pictures of a Great White Shark, Crocodiles, Dogs, Cars etc. All with big RED crosses through them. Nope, the biggest killer is sitting, lack of movement.
So it was with interest we read the research from the Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K. who found evidence of reduced blood flow to the brain in people who sit for long periods of time.
We were interested in the cognitive and functional observations of this work especially as decreased cerebrovascular blood flow and function are associated with lower cognitive functioning and increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
Here is a summary of their findings
We’ve all been stressed right?
Be it at work, juggling family commitments, pressing deadlines or trying to get life done. There is a large body of evidence supporting how our bodies are not designed to meet the challenges of the modern environment: multitasking, competing deadlines, technology use, abnormal light, noise exposures for example.
Stress, has long lived in the professional treatment domain of psychology but the growing research base of exercise, diet, rest, sleep are proving to be also part of the treatment equation. You could consider this “lifestyle treatments” and this forming the basis of a rapidly growing field of work under the banner of Lifestyle Medicine.
In practical terms, Lifestyle Medicine bridges the gap between health promotion and clinical practice with a multidisciplinary, whole system approach to the chronic and lifestyle-related disease problem.
Lifestyle Medicine is a broad church of health professionals from GPs and medical specialists, allied health practitioners, public health physicians, educators, and researchers with a growing international association footprint.… .. Click here to read the rest
Can brain exercises improve brain speed? There is no doubt a lot of market hype to demonstrate the benefits of brain training to improve brain performance and to effect a reduction in dementia.
It’s all to clear the cost of dementia is significant for our community and if there is an opportunity to reduce the likelihood of it by 30% what would this mean to the community, to the very precious lives of each and everyone?
The LANCET (2017) showed us you can do something about preventing dementia and at its heart, it appears simple.
The LANCET’s paper shows us the benefit of brain health in action with the potential to prevent dementia in our community.
It’s important to note that “health” is such a subjective and loaded term and skewed by those who spruik it, us, allied health folk included. What’s important is that there are objective measures of brain health and performance to back up program and tool claims in order to help people obtain better brain heath.… .. Click here to read the rest
By 2025, people aged 65 years and over will represent approximately 25% of all drivers on the road.
It’s clear changes in our health and functional abilities are likely to impact on your driving performance.
But knowing when to reduce, change or stop driving is often a difficult decision and one which isn’t really clear.
For many people, driving represent independence, access and a sense of adulthood and capability. Treats to this experience requires an appreciation and compassion for how a person is feeling and at the same time being respectful in discussions about driving, driving options and cessation. Being aware of the factors which may limit or reduce driving performance in older person is the first set in identifying the issues as well as a point to commence a conversation.
Some medications can interfere with your driving performance. The side effects may be immediate, cumulative ( adding up with the longer exposures to the medication) or combined as a result of their interactions with other medications and or your particular health conditions.… .. Click here to read the rest
Avó commandeered the room with her presence, internal power and position within the community.
She wasn’t an overly “successful woman” by populist terms but she was wise and life deep with experience.
To me she was the most successful person I ever met.
You see she raised over a 1000 children, shepherded hundreds of elderly people into the later years of their life and built new community economies to fight poverty.
In 1994, I found myself jettisoned into a world that was so unfamiliar, challenging and life altering to me as a young man. It’s not entirely surprising to see its echoes still reach through time today. The Orphanage Of Mamae Clory ( O Lar Da Mamae Clory), established a vital haven and family for those most in need of it and was a ladder away from poverty and trauma.
Avó, is Portuguese for “Grandmother”, and she was the leader of a community of over 200 children when I first came to Brasil.… .. Click here to read the rest
Memory loss, is the second most feared health concern of Australians according the 2016 Facing the Health of Australians report.
So, when I saw this article from a British research team it prompted me to reflect on our work together and our previous Monday Memory Health Tips.
Let me start by asking you this……
Do you think that lifestyle and genetics are equally important influences on how your thinking skills — including your memory — change as you age? By that I mean, do you think it’s a 50:50 split in how they influence your cognitive fitness?
If you said “ Yes, David that sounds about right” you’re not alone and that was the finding form a large (3000 participant) UK study published this week in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
The study “What Keeps You Sharp” was considered to be a pulse reading of UK citizens belief of brain health and ageing. Interestingly
What’s good about this is that people appear to have a growth mindset when it comes to their brain health.… .. Click here to read the rest