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Connection and Community are Good for Your Brain

It has long been known that social isolation is bad for your health.  People who have limited relationships, social connections, and/or social support, as well as those who describe themselves are lonely, are at higher risk for a multitude of negative health outcomes.  These well documented negative health outcomes include hypertension, stroke, and premature death, as well as an increased likelihood of mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety.  In addition to these findings, there is an expanding body of evidence confirming an increased risk of developing dementia among those who lack social connection and support.

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Preparing Seniors for the Upcoming Flu and Cold Season

Now that the summer heat is behind us and the weather is getting colder, flu symptoms will become increasingly common. For seniors, common cold can lead to complications like bronchitis and pneumonia. For seniors struggling with more chronic conditions like diabetes or asthma, a flu infection can worsen things. Your loved one’s health should be your priority as the winter draws closer, and taking the right steps to prepare your seniors for the season is essential.

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Get Some Rest! Your Brain Health Depends Upon It.

We live in a busy world and each of us faces multiple competing demands that require our time and energy. Moreover, our society tells us that being busy is good and that its achievement, accomplishment, and success matter. In this context, many people forgo sleep in order to address the “to do” list in their lives. ” If there are not enough hours in the day to do all that needs to be done, skip that extra sleep and use the time to be more productive” – or so the logic of it goes for many people.

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Are Crossword Puzzles Good for Brain Health? Maybe…

There is a common belief that doing a crossword puzzle every day will help preserve cognitive function. While there is a grain of truth in this idea, like many commonly held beliefs, there is more to it than you might realize. It is more accurate to say that doing a crossword puzzle every day is good for your brain health IF you don’t usually do crossword puzzles. If the New York Times daily crossword has been you favorite pastime for years, learning to square dance may be better for your brain health. And if you both square dance and do crossword puzzles, then perhaps tutoring kids as a volunteer may be better for you brain.

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Brain Health: The Best Bet for Reducing Dementia Prevalence and Risk

For decades scientists have been searching for a treatment and cure for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). This research has resulted in some positive outcomes related to understanding the disease processes underlying different forms of dementia, new tools and techniques to diagnose dementia, and the development of a few treatments that can help to maintain function for a time. But currently, we still do not have a cure for dementia, nor do we have treatments that truly hold disease progression at bay.

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Morningstar Living’s Memory Lane Series for Greater Community

The majority of people who are living with dementia in our community are receiving care in their homes from a family member or friend.  And most of the caregivers providing this care are also working a full-time job or are raising young children.  Whether you’re caring for a spouse, parent, other family member or friend, caregiving is hard work. And caring for a person who is living with dementia can be even harder.  Family caregivers of people who are living with dementia are at greater risk of depression, anxiety, and poor quality of life, than caregivers of people with other medical conditions.

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