The nutritional habits of people often have an impact on one’s entire well-being. In recent years, there have been more and more discoveries and information released regarding nutrition, food and the effects the two have on the human body. Much of the newfound information is pretty straightforward and things for which most people are aware. For example, too much sugar or carbohydrates can lead to serious health issues like diabetes. Although, some modern knowledge that has come to light in recent years is less well known but is very important. Recent studies are finding links between food and nutritional ingredients and other diseases, apart from diabetes, heart disease, and those more common ones.
Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia
Hi everybody, my name is Patrick Philbrick I am the Executive Director of Harmony Home Care in Sacramento and today I wanted to talk briefly about early signs of dementia. I want to start with a story one of my clients told me not too long ago. Her mother was getting up in years and she stopped by from time to time just to check on her and make sure everything was okay. This time she stopped by and noticed the checkbook was out.
Is It Dementia or Normal Aging?--Dementia Home Care Assessment
Martha's mom has always been a bit on the difficult side: very opinionated, stubborn, quick to point out flaws. But in the last couple of years it's been getting worse. Her mom has been getting obsessive about certain topics, "beating a dead horse" over and over. She recently got into a heated argument with her caregiver over the definition of "organic". The caregiver was agreeing with her, but Marhta's mom began screaming and escalating the argument, seeming to feel misunderstand and violated. When the family stepped in to defend, mom began attacking them, screaming at the top of her lungs. Only after everyone left the room and returned a few minutes later, did they find mom sobbing to herself. She said "I don't understand why I do that," "Why am I so negative?" , "I don't want to feel this way, what is wrong with me?"
You stopped by the parent's house the other day, and in going through mom's checkbook you noticed a few large checks written to various charities: the local zoo, the church's fundraiser for their new building, something to do with local police refrigerator magnets… When you confront her about it she says: "well they were so nice and they needed the money." But now you're stressing out because mom doesn't have that kind of money to give away, and you're wondering if her mind is starting to slip.
You've noticed lately that mom or dad just aren't themselves. They've been forgetting important things like taking their medications, paying bills, who they gave money to or worse. You've been dealing with this person in the same way for many decades, and now suddenly they don't respond the way they used to. It can be extremely frustrating and exhausting. Family caregivers coping with an aging family member that is declining mentally have a much tougher time of it than a professional does. There are many options for getting the support you need, and finding education for in-home Sacramento Dementia Care. The Alzheimer's Association sponsors support groups, and has links to third party education resources; UC Davis also has support groups that can help.
Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia
Pet Therapy for Home Care in Sacramento CA
We all know of the tremendous benefit service dogs bring to the disabled, but there is a new trend that has some promising value for people suffering from dementia in the Sacramento region. It seems that people suffering from
these cognitive decline symptoms can be helped by the companionship of all kinds of domesticated animals: dogs, cats, horses, fish and even birds.
Things to Consider When Hiring Home Care Services near Sacramento, CA for a Loved One with Dementia or Alzheimer's!
March 5, 2014 by Patrick Philbrick
Sacramento HomeCare: Some facts about alternative treatments in the care of Dementia Patients. (Excerpts from the National Institute of Health)
1) To date there is no convincing evidence from a large body of research that any dietary supplement can prevent worsening of cognitive impairment associated with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This includes studies of ginkgo, omega-3 fatty acids/fish oil, vitamins B and E, Asian ginseng, grape seed extract, and curcumin. Additional research on some of these supplements is underway.
2) Preliminary studies of some mind and body practices such as music therapy suggest they may be helpful for some of the symptoms related to dementia, such as agitation and depression. Several studies on music therapy in people with Alzheimer’s disease have shown improvement in agitation, depression, and quality of life.
3) Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs may be helpful in reducing stress among caregivers of patients with dementia. (Harmony Home Health has an In-service and public program designed to teach these techniques). To reduce caregiver stress, studies suggest that a mindfulness-based stress reduction program is more helpful for improving mental health than attending an education and support program or just taking time off from providing care.
4) Don’t use complementary health approaches as a reason to postpone seeing a health care provider about memory loss. Treatable conditions, such as depression, bad reactions to medications, or thyroid, liver, or kidney problems, can impair memory.
5) Some complementary health approaches interact with medications and can have serious side effects. If you are considering replacing conventional medications with other approaches, talk to your health care provider.