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Alzheimer’s Disease and Broccolis

There is a study at Dundee University about a new way for preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Broccoli is said to help against the deterioration of the cells in our brain and keep it sharp. Sulforaphane, a chemical present in broccoli, is said to help the antioxidant mechanisms in our body in order to prevent our brain cells from being attacked by the free radicals.

But eating broccoli may have different effects on different people. Dr. John Sharkey, the author of the study, said that some people may have the biological effects after much consumption of broccoli. He added that there might also be some people who won’t experience the same effects. This is why putting the chemical from the broccoli in a pill form might be more beneficial.

A study about the chemical’s effect with Alzheimer’s, whether or not it slows it down or stops it has been conducted by Dr. Sharkey by dealing with mice for two years. Any drug may still be ten years from its release in the market, since the research is still in its initial stages. But the chemical cannot only be found in broccoli. Sulforaphane is also present in brussel sprouts, cabbage and arugula.

The aim of this study is to be able to find a solution that can counteract Alzheimer’s since the patients are expected to double during the next decade. Vegetables that have Sulforaphane like broccoli are also linked to the reduction of the risks of having cancer.

Although the study is still in the primary stages, it is good to note that including broccoli in your diet can lead you to a healthier life.

Having a Home Health Caregiver

The usual reasons why people need the services of a Home Health Caregiver is when they need assistance in doing the normal activities in daily living and personal care like bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting and transferring.

Caregivers can help in these activities:

Shopping – They do this either with or for the patient. They can accompany the patient’s family member in shopping, in bringing the packages, and in putting them away.

Transportation – They can take the patient to different places, like to the restaurant, the beauty parlor, to the movies and even to the clubhouse to relax.

Laundry- They can carry the laundry, wash them and dry them. They can also help in putting the cloths away and in changing the linens at home.

Cooking – They do this either for or with the patient. They will prepare a balanced diet and regular hot meals which can lead to good nutrition.

Walking and Exercise – Regular physical activity is advised by doctors in order to have toned muscles, better blood circulation which can attribute to a better well being. The caregiver can help in assisting the client in order to ensure the safety in every activity that he/she does.

Light Housekeeping – The caregiver can clean up your kitchen after the meals, the bathroom after showering, do the dishes, straighten the closets, put things away and go through the clutter.

Review Bill Reminders and Mails – They can go through the mail and separate those important ones from the junk ones, be on guard for mail scams and remind the client to pay the bills.

Medication Reminders – There are states wherein the caregiver cannot administer the medication. They can only remind the client when to take the medication and how much dosage should be taken in. They also can help in opening the bottle and in getting water. This can help in ensuring that the client does not miss any medication in order to speed up the recovery.

Someone to Observe – The caregiver can help in looking after the patient especially those whose families are far away. Even just having the caregiver a few times a week can be beneficial in looking after the needs of the patient. The caregiver can give his/her observation of the current status of the patient whether there is improvement or none in his/her situation. This can help in preventing serious health problems that can happen.

Social Contact – For those patients and people who are living alone or living with someone with a day job, it can be sad and lonely. Having someone to be with for most of the day can help in improving the health of a person. Having another person to talk to, to share meals with and to do things with can be comforting and enjoyable.

Respite for the Family Caregivers – There are 12 million or more family caregivers that are employed in the country. They also need to have their own break so that they can rest, visit their doctor, or even meet their friends. There are also spouses who are caring for their partners who are sick. Having a day off can be beneficial in order to recharge their energy and have a break. This can be beneficial to their mental and physical state.

How to Handle Home Care For Elders

In practicing home care within your own household there are a lot of factors to be consider beforehand. It is important to talk about the benefits, formal or informal issues and also take into consideration the issues about the priorities for the care of the elders. You have to develop a primary goal to help the elders in case a crisis or emergency arises.

A successful home care should always maintain a sense that everybody should think about the independence and the dignity of the elders and support them to maintain their quality of life. Most of them locked themselves inside their home. We want to inform them that everyone cares for what’s important for them as well as their situation. This is to help them plan their future and identify what’s important and what’s not.

Ask them these questions like do they want to live near their family member and friends? Is privacy important for them? Is there a need to keep their pets at home? Do they want to stay in a place where they feel most secure? Do they have access to activities that they enjoy and access to their place of worship? Do they have the ability to maintain a clean surrounding and personal hygiene? Is there a need for a nutritious meal and assistance with preparation? Is there a need to control or maintain their spending or assistance with financial matters? Do they need transportation, home and medical care assistance services? Do they want to be involved in a volunteer work?

Such questions will help you identify the place to start with. If there is a need to seek advice and help from a professional or a friend or anyone that your parents have their high regard to make them begin to discuss ideas and needs, then invite them. Some elders can take advice from their doctor, their religious leader or a close friend. These trusted people could help you pass on your concerns and guide your parents into the right direction. You should avoid starting a personal rebuttal because this might draw them away from you. This might not be easy but you need to focus on the aim of sustaining their total freedom and exceptional home health care for them.

A family discussion might require you to invite a professional. A neutral party will be necessary if the family members faces problems working together or when divided with a major problem. There are available case managers, elder-care facilitators,social workers, and family mediators that can provide these services. They will not be playing a deciding body but rather help you keep focus on the concerns and deal with areas that should be brought up in the family.

So how will you find out what degree of home care benefits is needed? You need to evaluate the structural hindrances inside the home that limits independence. What are the durable medical devices present or needed? What are the casual support systems for caregivers? Are they home staying? Can they continue provide on-going support? How frequent does a caregiver assistance needed? How many times per day or per week do they need the assistance? What sort of informal assistance is required? bathing,toileting, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, telephone assistance, shopping, and finances? Do they require a support with their socialization, recreation, companionship, etc.? Do they need a power of attorney, or a health care agent? Will they need an advocate to help and coordinate their participation on a proper medical care? Do they experience a present cognitive or mental condition? Are they experiencing depression or anxiety? Is there a need to control their extreme and bizarre personal hygiene habits? Are they wandering too much? Do they exhibit abusive physical or verbal behavior? Do they exhibit poor judgment or noncooperation that they cause trouble to others?

Elders may or may not have any of the mentioned behaviors. If this is the case then you need to determine if the elder need supervision due to its cognitive impairment or poor judgment. This will help you decide whether the elder needs home care benefits and to what extent it is needed. How frequent the elder requires supervision? You can answer this question by none at all, less than daily, daily but not constant and all of the time. Determining what extent of home care assistance that the elders needed can be only determined through this assessment process and to answer these questions before providing them anything.

How to be a Friend to Someone with Dementia

There are a lot of us who know someone that suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. For those people who are close to these patients, they know how difficult it is to cope with these conditions. Although this can be difficult to handle, there are ways to make it easier for someone to cope up with the challenges and show their support for the patients as well as their families. This will help in creating more awareness.

The following are some ways on how to be a friend to someone with dementia:

• Always make it a point to listen well to the patient when he/she is talking.
• Offer real help like assistance and other similar aids
• Connect with other families who have the same ordeals and offer help
• Refer people to the right organization for support and offer help like the Alzheimer’s Society
• Always respect the patient
• Talk or communicate to the patient effectively
• Make it a point to keep in touch
• Give the patient a treat
• Know more about dementia

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