” TUESDAY, April 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Eating a Mediterranean diet that’s high in vegetables, whole grains and fish could reduce your risk of mental decline, two studies from the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI) suggest.
“We do not always pay attention to our diets. We need to explore how nutrition affects the brain and the eye,” lead author Dr. Emily Chew said in an NEI news release. She is director of the institute’s division of epidemiology and clinical applications.
The researchers analyzed data from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and the follow-up study, AREDS2. The studies, which included 8,000 people in all, were set up to explore the eye disease age-related macular degeneration.
At the start of both studies, participants’ diets were assessed, including their average consumption of specific Mediterranean diet components over the previous year. Besides veggies, whole grains and fish, this type of meal plan is rich in whole fruits, nuts, legumes and olive oil.
A Mediterranean diet also features lower consumption of red meat and alcohol.
AREDS tested participants’ mental (cognitive) function at five years, and AREDS2 tested mental function at the start and again two, four and 10 years later.
Those who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had the lowest risk of mental impairment…”
Read the full article here: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-04-14/which-foods-might-reduce-your-odds-for-dementia
“FRIDAY, April 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The coronavirus pandemic will put extra stress on caregivers of loved ones with dementias, so the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers some advice.
“Reducing stress is always important for caregivers, and even more so now,” said Charles Fuschillo Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO.
“Disruptions in daily routines, social isolation and anxiety are all added stressors caused by the coronavirus, but there are steps caregivers can take to help reduce stress and take care of themselves so that they can continue to provide care to their loved ones,” he said in a foundation news release.
The organization offered these pointers:
- Social distancing doesn’t mean cutting off contact with others. Caregivers can use video chats, phone calls, text messages and emails to stay in touch with loved ones and friends.
- Strive to be adaptable and upbeat. Your attitude can also influence the person you’re caring for, the foundation pointed out. Try to focus on situations in a constructive way. For example, if your loved one’s adult day program is now closed, plan some easy, fun activities at home to keep them engaged.
- Focus on things you can control. That includes following public health guidelines, eating properly, following a routine, getting a good night’s sleep and prioritizing self-care.
- Try to refresh your mind. Exercise, yoga, meditating, listening to music or deep breathing can help relax your mind and reduce stress. Figure out which steps work for you and do them regularly.
- Stay informed, but overloading on news can add to your stress. Constantly checking social media can increase anxiety levels. It’s also important to get your news from trusted sources — such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or your state/local health department. It’s also a good idea to set a schedule for news updates: for example, 6 p.m. every night for 30 minutes.
- Talking about your stress can help ease it. That can include people on your support team, a professional or even a stranger. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Helpline (866-232-8484) has licensed social workers available for caregivers seven days a week to provide support or just listen.
“SAN FRANCISCO, California —
Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco say they are a step closer to diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease with a blood test.
The test measures blood levels of certain proteins linked to Alzheimer’s. In four hundred older adults, who had brain scans and spinal fluid tests, scientists found blood protein levels were three and a half times higher in people with confirmed Alzheimer’s Disease compared to healthy peers….”
“In a new study, researchers from Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health provide insight into physician moral distress, a condition correlated with burnout and depression. The researchers report that about four of 10 doctors caring for older adult patients who require a surrogate decision-maker experienced moral distress…”
Read more here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200225101314.htm
“Andrea Kline, whose mother, as well as her aunt and uncle, had Alzheimer’s disease, just turned 71 and lives in Boynton Beach, Fla. She’s a retired registered nurse who teaches yoga to seniors at community centers and assisted-living facilities.
“I worry about dementia incessantly: Every little thing that goes wrong, I’m convinced it’s the beginning,” she told me….”