Lorenzo Mejia

The Caring Corner, presented by ACORN: The Mediterranean Diet

The Link Between the Mediterranean Diet and Lower Risk for Dementia Memory loss, confusion, and difficulty concentrating are some of the signs and symptoms of dementia. But scientists say there is a way to decrease your risk of developing such cognitive decline. By eating a Mediterranean diet, you could decrease your risk for developing dementia or prevent it entirely. When someone has dementia, memory, language, understanding and judgment can all be affected. It’s a fact that you are more likely to develop dementia as you get older, but certain lifestyle factors have a huge influence on reducing that likelihood....

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The Caring Corner, presented by ACORN: Too Many Medications

If you care for an elder loved one, you might have noticed they are taking lots of medications. Are they all necessary? Only their doctor can say for sure, but a recent study by the University of Sydney concluded that dementia patients are 17 per cent more likely to be given unnecessary medications. Another finding was that dementia patients are frequently given drugs to treat other ailments (such as acid reflux) even when these drugs are not a requirement. The lead author of the research, Dr. Danijela Gnjidic, said: “Our study found that following a diagnosis of dementia in older...

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The Caring Corner, presented by ACORN: A Caregiver’s Perspective

At Acorn, we have the opportunity to meet exceptional caregivers. We are delighted to share these insights from a remarkable woman, Eugenie Drew, who has years of caregiving experience. ***** Have you learned that your loved one has dementia? Feeling anxious, frustrated or even afraid? There is hope and good news. Your loved ones can enjoy a rewarding life. “How exactly?” is the question. Caring for our loved ones is as easy as showing love, recognizing their needs and being patient with them. Love is a word sometimes used casually. This is not the kind of love needed to...

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The Caring Corner, presented by ACORN: As Simple as Taking Ibuprofen?

A few days ago, the dementia press was abuzz with a headline from The Sun suggesting that Alzheimer’s Disease can be controlled and, possibly eliminated, simply by taking one ibuprofen tablet a day. It’s well-established that Alzheimer’s Disease results from a process of inflammation in the brain. Equally, Ibuprofen is an NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, proven to reduce inflammation. If we take Ibuprofen to reduce inflammation in other places of our bodies, why not our brains? Many experts disagree. They do not believe that the evidence supports the use of ibuprofen to reduce Alzheimer’s. One study from 2004 conducted...

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The Caring Corner, presented by ACORN: Cyclists Live Longer

It’s strange when a lot of attention is given something you’ve known since you were a kid. Turn off the TV. Go out and play! Yes, exercise is good for you. I guess I’m guilty of the same sin, because I’m going to cite the results of a recent study on exercise. Research carried out on over 100 amateur cyclists between the ages of 55 and 80 found that cycling helped them preserve muscle mass and strength, even as they aged. They maintained healthy levels of fat and cholesterol. Testosterone levels in men remained high. The test results were...

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The Caring Corner, presented by Acorn: When an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Every 66 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Despite billions invested in promising cures, scientists have yet to identify a drug that will reverse the effects of the disease.  New hope is provided by two recent studies indicating that blood tests might help with early diagnosis. Last summer, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis announced a blood test that is effective in detecting Alzheimer’s decades before someone shows physical symptoms..  Then, early this year, a Japanese/Australian research team independently published a study about a blood test that identifies Alzheimer’s Disease in nine out of ten cases.  The fact that...

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The Caring Corner, presented by Acorn: How Much Protein Is Enough?

Here’s an eye opener: A few years ago, a Stanford University study concluded that the single best predictor of ending up in a nursing home is leg strength. As we age, our muscles weaken and atrophy. How do we combat this? If you’re like me, a guy of a “certain age,” you find that your gym routine isn’t what it used to be. You’re doing fewer reps and getting by with lighter weights. Increasing your protein intake can make a difference. In short, a comprehensive study conducted at McMaster University in Canada concluded that people over 40 who train...

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The Caring Corner, presented by Acorn: Once in a While It’s Good to Wine!

A recent study conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center concluded that moderate amounts of wine can help reduce your risk of dementia. Scientists were trying to understand better the brain’s glymphatic system; this is the system the brain’s uses to cleanse itself of toxins. When the glymphatic system functions well, it removes two compounds – tau and beta-amyloid plaque—that are associated with various forms of dementia. The study looked at the impact of varying doses of alcohol on the brains of mice. Mice exposed to larger amounts of alcohol developed higher levels of inflammation and impairment of...

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The Caring Corner, presented by Acorn: The Problem with Long Term Care Insurance

GE, one of our country’s industrial giants, is reeling from a multi-billion dollar loss due to the sale of a unit that sold long-term care insurance. While you might chalk it up to poor planning on their part, you cannot deny the fact that it signals a bigger problem affecting all of us. There will be no way to pay for the care that a large number of aging Americans will need when they will be unable to care for themselves. Many long-term care insurance companies have been suffering. The cost of care from things like dementia, continues to...

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The Caring Corner, presented by Acorn: What Medical Care Would You Want If You Had Dementia?

Many are familiar with the concept of an advanced directive. It helps family members and doctors understand the care you would like to receive when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. The standard advanced directive tends to address situations such as when you are in a coma or similar vegetative state. Until recently, there has been no formal document that helps decision-makers understand the type of care you would like to have when you have cognitive decline. Dr. Barak Gaster at the University of Washington in Seattle has developed such a document. He calls it the Advanced...

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