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Caregiver Advice on Protection from Insects

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While we’ve all been itching for it to be summer already, it’s also the season for annoying insects. Mosquitoes and ticks are a real issue here in Missouri – and can be even more serious when seniors are involved. And while there have not been any Zika virus cases locally (or in the U.S.), protecting against mosquito and tick-borne illnesses should be top of mind. We thought we’d share the Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services top five recommendations for protection against bites from these critters: 1. Repel. The easiest way to keep insects away is to wear insect repellent on both your skin and your clothing. These repellents work best. 2. Loosen Up. Wear loose fit clothing that cover up …

Live to be 100 Years Old

100 Ways To Live To 100

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According to experts, your genes only have a 10% influence on how long you will live. What really matters are the choices you make throughout your life. 100 years ago the average lifespan was 31 years. Since then it has almost tripled. The longer life span is thanks to many, mostly minor, life tweaks. Experts say that you can have a very real effect on how long you will live. What can you do to live to 100? Turns out there are a ton of simple steps you can take every day to live a longer life. Nap, eat blueberries, take the stairs, wash your hands, smile big, dance, meditate, drink apple juice, the list goes on and on. Get …

Chronic Stress

Why, Exactly, Is Chronic Stress So Harmful?

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You probably know that chronic stress can affect your health. It can lead to depression, and even to a higher risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Why? Under stress, the brain’s limbic system — responsible for emotions, memory and learning — triggers an alarm that activates the fight-or-flight response, increasing the production of adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol, which work together to speed heart rate, increase metabolism and blood pressure, enhance attention, the immune system and anti-inflammatory response, and lower pain sensitivity — all good things when your very survival is on the line. When the stressful situation is over, the body resets back to normal. However, under constant stress, the body is unable to reset. High adrenaline and …

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Spring Allergies – Minimize Suffering in Seniors

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Spring allergies run rampant in the St. Louis area. St. Louis has fallen from the #1 city in the U.S. for allergies and asthma to #35, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Yet, for those who suffer from spring allergies, St. Louis can be a tough place to live. Over 30% of adults in St. Louis suffer from spring allergies. And the elderly are not excluded from the stuffy noses and uncomfortable itchy eyes that allergies bring on. In addition, seniors often have additional issues that they are dealing with which can make it troublesome to diagnose and work with their allergies. Here are some suggestions from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Allergic Diseases:   …

Upcoming alzheimer's association event

Upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Event!

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Join the Alzheimer’s Association and St. Louis Rabbinical Association to discuss Judaism, Jewish Life and Alzheimer’s on Sunday, June 5. To register, call 800-272-3900 or visit.

If I get dementia

If I Got Dementia

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Rachael Wonderlin, a specialist in longterm dementia care, is asked a lot of questions about the disease. One of the most frequently asked questions is: “Are you afraid to get it when you’re older?”   While Rachael Wonderlin has seen first-hand how terrible the disease is, she says there are many things that scare her more than dementia does. Rachael has written a list of 16 rules she’d like to live by, just in case she does get the disease. This heartfelt list may help those who act as caregivers to truly help their loved one live a good and happy life. Read more here.  Rachael Wonderlin

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Infections Among The Elderly

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Infections Among The Elderly Many people don’t realize that the leading cause of death in adults over 65 is infections. (Infections are responsible for about one third of all deaths in seniors over 65.) Many are common infections, but in older adults they are often tougher to diagnose. This can lead to heightened risks and hospitalization. Seniors are more susceptible to infection in general – and those with dementia may be at an even greater risk. Some of the early symptoms are not always obvious. Symptoms like a loss of appetite, incontinence and a change in mental status – these can all be side effects of an infection at work. The following are the most common types of infections in …

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Seniors and Caregivers – Let’s Get Organized!

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Getting and staying organized can improve your mood, your mindset and your productivity. Don’t wait to get started on this three-step plan to organize your home. 1. Walk though your home. Make note of two areas you can de-clutter. One area may be your entryway, where both kids and grown-ups dump their stuff when they get home. The kitchen is also high risk for clutter, as working parents and busy kids struggle to make onthe-go meals, often without enough time for planning or clean-up. Now, let’s tackle these two spots: 2. Clear your entryway by adding one bin or basket per person. Always try to use containers you already have. The bin or basket is to catch everyone’s things when …

Can young blood treat Alzheimer's and other effects of aging?

Can young blood be used to reverse the effects of aging?

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Can young blood be used to treat Alzheimer’s and other effects of aging? Stanford biologist Tony Wyss-Coray gave a TED Talk describing “an absolutely amazing development in aging research.” His research has shown that proteins found in the blood of younger mice can dramatically reverse the effects of aging when given to older mice. The implications are huge, perhaps ushering in a new era for the treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s and maybe — just maybe — providing a way to treat aging itself. But the same research has also triggered some hand-wringing. It’s not hard to guess why. If using young blood proves to be a successful treatment for Alzheimer’s and other effects of aging, then its possible it …

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Eight, Great Activities for Grandparents and Grandchildren to Enjoy!

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Children keep us young in spirit, whether they are our friend’s grandchildren or our own. The next time you have a young visitor, try one or two of these activities with them. These are perfect activities for grandparents and grandchildren alike! 1.Host a scavenger hunt. This activity is one that will take some planning in advance, but the planning is a worthwhile activity for you, and the results are very enjoyable for your little hunter! You can keep it simple by creating five clues to find, including a small prize at the end. Your clues can be questions (the older the child, the trickier the question should be) or poems if you are feeling extra creative. Leave one question or …