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How To Fight High Blood Pressure With Food

High blood pressure has swept the nation. It's one of the most common medical conditions in America, and contributes to heart disease including strokes and heart attacks. Whether it's caused by stress or the massive amount of salt that we consume, we suffer from the repercussions nonetheless.
Next Avenue provides some tips on how to lower blood pressure. No, it's not exercise or even a pill. It's food. Here are the top foods that can help:
• Bananas: Popular and packed with potassium, bananas are an excellent way to fight high blood pressure.
• Yogurt: A high calcium diet can drastically lower blood pressure. Yogurt may be one of the healthiest ways to obtain this benefit as its packed with a ton of other vitamins.
• Dark Chocolate: Low blood pressure is one of the many health benefits of eating chocolate. One of its ingredients called photochemical is very helpful for heart health.
• Red Wine: As Next Avenue explains, too much alcohol will naturally raise blood pressure. But a moderate amount of red wine can soothe arteries, lower blood sugar, and lessen diabetes risk.
The next time you head to your local supermarket, keep these food items in mind. They provide natural (and delicious) ways to prevent high blood pressure and ultimately heart disease.

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Foods That Make Your Brain Smile
We know the power of Alzheimer’s disease and its effects on an individual’s entire family. While there is much advancement in medicine and technology, we continue to see the number of people being affected by the disease rise consistently. Still, there are always steps we can take to protect our minds.

As Medical Daily states, the answer to brain health may be in the simplest ingredients we have. The nutrients that the following food offers can help our cognitive abilities and provide protection against dementia and Alzheimers:

• Beets
• Berries
• Salmon
• Kale

As you can see, all four are wholesome, raw ingredients that pack a powerful nutritional punch. Caregivers, be sure to include these foods for your seniors so they can live long and well!


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A Possible Source For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There was a time when medical professionals quickly dismissed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as nonsense. Next Avenue's article shares Dr. Jose Montoya's days as a medical student in the 1990's when he was instructed to turn away CFS patients. Now, things are changing, and medical professionals are paying attention to the disease, and analyzing its effects. CFS is a condition that affects an individual's energy levels, making them constantly tired. New research discovered that the cause of this might be a bacterium that is native to a person's gut. This was discovered when researchers noticed the gut micro-biome of someone with CFS is different than a healthy person. Stomach and gastrointestinal issues have been commonly associated with CFS. This may be the cause of an infection, and while there are many varieties of bacteria to study, this is a major step forward in the medical world.



6 Fun Activities for Caregivers and Seniors

It's not always easy to find entertaining things to do with your aging loved one. Whether they have physical impairments or they're unable to grasp new and complicated concepts, it can be a challenge to find just the right activity. Well, here's good news. Caregivers have some fun and fairly inexpensive options at their disposal. Check out these 6 fun activities that your aging loved one will enjoy.

Scrapbooking - Arts and crafts are always fun, but what better way to mix creativity and nostalgia than with scrapbooking? They can create new memory-based layouts and enjoy looking at old photographs.

Audiobooks - Reading is always an excellent hobby, but even large print books can be difficult for some seniors to see. Audiobooks are relaxing and easy alternatives that seniors can enjoy. Immerse them into a new story or a classic tale.

Clubs - Just because your elders are old doesn't mean they don't want to socialize. There are many community-based clubs and organizations where they can meet new people. Whether it's a religious organization, Kiwanis club, or even knitting group, there's a place for everyone.

Media apps - Pandora, Netflix, Hulu, oh my! With today's technology, your aging loved one can listen to their favorite songs or dive into a brand new show.

Nature walks - Few things are as relaxing and therapeutic as a quiet nature walk. Caregivers and seniors alike will find solace and joy in taking a break from it all and just taking a stroll.

Going out for entertainment - Movies, live shows, and even concerts aren't completely out of the question for some seniors. Visiting local landmarks and attractions are also great ways to get your senior out and about. Don't forget, just because they're a little older, doesn't mean they're any less fun!

Caregiving can be not only rewarding, it can be fun. As you spend time with you senior, you will develop last memories and strengthen your relationship. As always, enjoy every moment you have with them and be as patient as possible.


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How Virtual Reality Could Help Seniors

It’s the next step everybody is expecting technology to make. Virtual reality is coming in ways that not even science fiction writers could’ve imagined. We’re going to be able to mold virtual 3D sculptures and enter digital worlds. Most of that is years away but it is being developed. However, Samsung, LG, Oculus, and other companies are creating virtual reality systems that could be in your living room very soon. Senior Housing News explains that two grad students from MIT are trying to make it so seniors can benefit from this groundbreaking technology.

The article explains that the MIT students Reed Hayes and Dennis Lally have developed software that works with Samsung’s Gear VR system so seniors can experience environments and events like never before. They’d be able to see places they weren’t able to visit in their younger years or revisit places that they knew as children. They’ve been trying it out at a few senior living communities and are excited to share their invention. Hayes explains to Senior Housing News that while users have the opportunity to see whole different countries, even outer space, they’ve seen the most emotional impact when they can take them in front of their childhood homes.

The future is bright and the opportunities are infinite. Innovators like Hayes and Lally are taking great strides in providing ways for seniors to enjoy every moment. We can’t wait to see how we can make each resident’s life a little brighter!

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World Wide Cuisines That Promote Longevity


All around the word, food is ingrained in every culture. No matter where you go, people take pride in their dishes, recipes, and ingredients. Unsurprisingly, we all receive a variety of nutritional benefits, some more than others. Could we achieve long, healthier lives through our cuisine?
Check out the following countries and how they use food for improved health, courtesy of CNN Health:
• Japan - Japanese cuisine is known notoriously known for its health-centric food. Heavy on vegetables, just the right amount of protein, and low in calories.
• Costa Rica - This food is loaded with energizing ingredients such as beans and meats, and tasty plantains. While not as lean as Japanese foods, Costa Rican dishes are delicious and nutritious.
• Greek - Fish, dairy, olive oil, vegetables, and fruits are the main elements of Greek cuisine. These ingredients are nutritional powerhouses that can benefit someone of any age.
• California - California has crafted a particular type of diet, loaded with organics. Fruits and vegetables such as avocados, citrus, and berries are always great additions to your diet.
Branch out! Try these various types of cuisines, and you may enjoy more energy, nutrition, and strength.


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Trying to Help Your Aging Parents With Finances

One of the hardest aspects of caregiving for your aging parents is trying to convince them that they need help. Whether it’s medical or financial, it can always be a difficult task for an individual to comprehend they aren’t as capable as they once were. AgingParents.com offers some sound advice on how to approach a conversation about finances.

For even the most lucid adult, tackling monthly bills and balancing a checkbook can be a cumbersome and tedious task. Errors are easy to make with finances, and when our brains begin to age, it can be even more possible to make a calculation error or miss a due date. AgingParents.com suggests that you approach this in a positive life. Let your loved ones know that you want to help them with their finances for their sake, not for a hidden agenda. You are on their side! Explain to them that nothing is being taken away, independence, money, or otherwise. They are simply receiving help from a loved one.

Older people typically tend to be very private about their assets and property, but the need to open up and allow you to help. At times, this will need to happen sooner rather than later if your loved one is beginning to exhibit signs of dementia. Most importantly, be calm and patient. Try to put yourself in their shoes. This would be a jarring conversation for anyone. Try to be understanding, kind, and positive.


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Is Your Aging Loved One At Risk Of A Stroke?

Strokes are serious, life-threatening events. The brain loses millions of cells during a stroke, and afterward, its condition is significantly "aged" than before. Needless to say, recovery is extremely difficult. It's a leading cause of death in the elderly, and caregivers should always watch for signs that may indicate a stroke is imminent. Reader's Digest delivers the most significant stroke indicators:
- Double vision. Many people think that this may be due to old age or exhaustion, when in reality; double vision is a major indicator for an impending stroke. Persistent double vision should be checked immediately.
- Numb limbs. This is perhaps the most common stroke indicator. However, it is often dismissed. If arms or legs stay numb, call 911.
- Slurred speech. Many medications cause slurred speech. But if none of your loved one's medicines have this side effect, this could be a major red flag.
- Extreme headaches. Sure, migraines and tension headaches are very common, but they aren't all easily dismissible. If a headache doesn't feel like the usual pain or it's rare for your parents to get them, seek help.
Strokes are no joke. If left untreated, they can be fatal or cause permanent damage. They can come without warning or pre-existing symptoms. Do not dismiss these symptoms as nonsense. You could save your aging loved-one's life by seeking help.


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How to Explain Dementia to Your Children

Even for adults, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be hard to fathom. When we receive the news that a loved one has been diagnosed with such a condition, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and forget about what is best for the family. Even though children are young, it is essential for them to understand what is happening to one of their family members. As sad as it is, they will witness someone they love change.

Mind Mate’s blog explains how to approach this subject. You need to take into consideration two major factors: the age of the child, and how he or she copes. Even if your child is older, they may not be able to handle news like this as easily as others. Each child is unique and deserves an individualized approach.

Even if they struggle with this, lying is never the right decision. Instead, you need to present the truth in a way they can understand. Explain to them that those with dementia do not have control over their actions at this point. It is common to see hostility brought about by these diseases, and the children must feel supported, comforted, and informed that it’s not their fault. Mind Mate speaks of another website called Dementia In My Family, where a user can enter details about their children and be presented with a personalized approach to this subject. This may help if you suspect your child will struggle with the concept of dementia.


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Seniors Are Happier than Millennials

Unhappiness and depression tend to be stereotypical traits attributed to seniors. Yet this doesn’t seem to be the truth, as Time talks about a research study that reveals young adults are less happy in life than their elders. Why exactly is this?
Stress, anxiety, and depression are more common amongst young adults in their twenties. The article continues to explain that these people, who are part of the generation known as Millennials, are entering the “real world”, facing bills, jobs, and taxes. Due to all this, their happiness levels are reportedly lower as they struggle with all life has to offer. Seniors, on the contrary, reap the benefits of advanced medicine that help their health more every day, and can enjoy the golden years. Their experience also typically allows them to “brush off the small issues” as Time explains. It should also be known that caregivers and their passionate work significantly adds to the happiness of seniors overall.

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