Dementia risk reduced by education
21- Nov2016
Posted By: Tony Fischer
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Dementia Study Shows Education And Cardiovascular Health Reduce Risk

A promising study was released November, 21st by the Journal of the American Medical Association – Internal Medicine. It shows a decline in the incidents of Alzheimer’s Dementia among seniors.  The study shows a decrease in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in those 65 and older. Between 2000 and 2012, incidents decreased from 11.6% to 8.8%.

The study estimates the decline is related to a decrease in “age-specific” risk factors in higher income countries due to education level. The average education level of Americans has increased over the last 25 years leading some attribute higher education to the reduction in numbers.

There is more good news…

It has long been suspected that poor Cardiovascular health is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. But as Americans are being treated for Obesity, Diabetes, Stroke and heart disease it has also lead to a reduction in Alzheimer’s disease.

From The Journal of the American Medical Association “A Comparison of the Prevalence of Dementia…”

“Intensity of treatment for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol level has increased with more patients achieving treatment goals, and a significant decline in the vascular complications of diabetes such as heart attack, stroke, and lower-extremity amputations, suggesting that there could be a “spill-over” benefit of a decline in the vascular-related risk for dementia.”

The study shows a positive correlation between education and reduced risk. However, more studies need to be done.

“An increase in educational attainment was associated with some of the decline in dementia prevalence, but the full set of social, behavioral, and medical factors contributing to the decline is still uncertain. Continued monitoring of trends in dementia incidence and prevalence will be important for better gauging the full future societal impact of dementia as the number of older adults increases in the decades ahead.”

Even though this study seems to show that Dementia is on the decline it still remains a major healthcare issue. An estimated 12 million Americans could have Alzheimer’s disease by 2050.

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As with most diseases early intervention can make all the difference.  Those experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease should see their Primary Care Physician as soon as possible. There are medications and treatments that can effectively treat the disease and improve quality of life.  Another way to deal with Dementia is to develop a Senior Care Plan.  We help seniors and their families develop a senior care plan that can adjust as health care conditions change.  For more information fill out the contact form below. One of our Elder Care Coordinators will reach out to you to set up an appointment.

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17- Jul2016
Posted By: Tony Fischer
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Dementia Memory Care Can Save On Long Term Care Costs

Alzheimer’s Dementia is one of the biggest healthcare concerns facing our seniors today. Consequently, families are faced with the choice of taking care of a senior at home or placing them into a nursing home. Facing the challenge of this progressive disease at home is difficult but achievable with the senior care options available in today’s healthcare market. Memory care is an example of one such service.

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Memory Care is a Special Care Unit

This is a great solution for the senior who needs more care than can be provided at home.  Also known as a Special Care Unit or SCU, memory care features staff with special training in dealing with people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Memory Care Units are constructed with the Dementia disease process in mind. Units have enclosed walking paths and disguised exits to keep those with wandering behaviors from getting lost. Pictures instead of words are often used to labels doors leading to key areas like the bathroom. Meal and recreation programs are designed to accommodate for the Alzheimer’s Dementia symptoms.

Memory Care Units are Cost Effective

Although seniors suffering from Dementia do require a lot of care, they do not require 24-hour monitoring by a registered nurse. In a Memory Care unit, a nursing director supervises nursing assistants who provide care to the residents. That allows this setting to provide care at a reduced cost offering a great solution to those residents who need a level of care that doesn’t rise to the level of nursing home.

Memory Care is just one of multiple levels of the senior care continuum. Online resources like Nursing Home Compare and Home Care Compare can provide a general list of providers in your area. However determining which level an elder needs can be confusing because of all of the options available. There are professionals that can help those in need navigate the many senior care options.

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If you think your family could use some help figuring out dementia care, please fill out the form below.  Our Senior Care Sherpas serve as guides through the complex terrain of the healthcare system.  They are specially trained in helping seniors evaluate current care needs and develop a plan. Senior Care Sherpas direct families toward reputable and trusted services. That includes finding facilities that can meet the unique care needs of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia patient.