Alzheimer's and Dementia Counseling and Education: call Cindy Keith of M.I.N.D. in Memory Care at (814)-235-0691, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, June 25, 2010
CAN DRINKING APPLE JUICE DECREASE NEGATIVE BEHAVIORS IN PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA?
WOW! Wouldn't it be great if it were that simple! This small study in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, published by Sage, and conducted by Ruth Remington, RN, PhD, et al. found a modest, but statistically significant argument for giving people with dementia apple juice to drink (two 4 oz. glasses daily) in that it decreased behaviors such as agitation, anxiety and delusions by approximately 27%. It is to be noted that this was a small study, funded by the apple juice industry, and we certainly cannot claim these results as a cure in any way, but gosh, wouldn't it just be great if by simply giving your loved one apple juice twice a day, they were calmer and had a better quality of life? I say, why not try it. You have nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain. Good luck--and let me know if you do try it and if you see any differences.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
INTERVIEW ON U SMILE RADIO SHOW
Lesly Federici is a phenomenal person. She's known as "The Green RN;" a childbirth educator, both locally in New Jersey and also as a "virtual birth coach;" she hosts an internet radio show called U Smile Radio; she's a Reiki Master, and an Advanced Clinical Hypnocounselor!
Lesly interviewed me on her show Thursday evening, June 3rd at 9:00 p.m. EST, and the link to the show is:
The interview lasted 55 minutes and we had a great time. Check out this interview to find out more about me and my business.
IS INCREASED ABDOMINAL FAT RELATED TO DEVELOPING DEMENTIA?
I came across an article in Medical News Today (www.medicalnewstoday.com) about a recent study published in Annals of Neurology. Dr. Susanne Sorensen headed this study at the University School of Medicine in Boston of more than 700 middle aged people with increased amounts of abdominal fat. They did find an inverse association between the visceral fat levels in the abdomen and total brain volume. The higher the amount of visceral fat, the lower the total brain volume and when brain volume shrinks, it's a strong predictor of dementia. They point out though, that when people carry excess abdominal fat, they are also at much higher risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes--and these are all major risk factors for getting a dementia.
While more studies are required to say definitively that increased abdominal fat leads to dementia, we need to keep studies like this in mind when we're concerned about "inheriting" Alzheimer's Disease. We need to continually associate in our minds the fact that if we don't watch our weight, our blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, we're at much higher risk for shortening that journey to dementia.
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