Family inHome Caregiving Blog
Since 1993, the average life expectancy of those living in the U.S. has risen—until now. In 2015, rates for eight of the ten leading causes of death rose, a disturbing trend which reversed the trend of a rising life expectancy. An American born in 2015 is now expected to live 78 years and 9 ½ months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The downtrend is troubling, however, we have made a lot of progress. In 1950, the average life expectancy was just over 68 years old.
Parkinson's disease has long been an affliction for which there is very little which can be done treatment wise. It’s very debilitating and can leave patients suffering for years and even decades. Like Alzheimer’s disease, it’s also been something for which the research community has had little to offer as far as developing new drugs or treatment options. Device makers, however, are taking another look at deep brain stimulation (DBS), an established therapy that many think is being underused. St. Jude Medical Inc., for instance just released a new DBS device in the U.S. and Boston Scientific Corp. is planning to next year. Both already sell the devices in Europe. This brings new competition to what was formerly the only purveyor of DBS devices for Parkinson’s disease, Medtronic, and hopefully the new competition will spur new innovation in this market.
Alzheimer's disease impacts women more than men, according to a new study, making up about two-thirds of the people that have Alzheimer’s in the United States. They also provide a disproportionate amount of care than men do. Women are family caregivers to 2.5x more of the population than men are. And nearly 19% of these wives, sisters and daughters have to quit work in order to provide adequate care for their family. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 3.3 million women aged 65 and older in the U.S. now have the disease, and a woman in her sixties is about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer within her lifetime. Although researchers are in a race to find new treatment options for this terrible disease, unfortunately there is currently no cure.
The Annual event in Washington DC is coming up shortly (March 27-29 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park) and Maria Shriver will be honored with the Alzheimer’s Association Lifetime Achievment Award at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. Congratulations Maria for being an inspiration and raising public awareness for this terrible disease. Other highlights will include Alzheimer’s Association Champion Liz Hernandez of “Access Hollywood” receiving the Young Advocate Award, and former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry serving as a featured speaker. To learn more or to register, go to alz.org/forum.
Experts warn you not to exercise vigorously when you are angry or it can bring on a heart attack. A large international study found that anger plus heavy physical exertion triples the risk for having a heart attack within an hour. Published in the journal Circulation, the study looked at more than 12,000 people who had suffered from a heart attack and found this strong correlation between anger, heart attack and exercise.
Seniors are getting increasingly savvy about financial fraud schemes, most of which ask for payment via wire transfers and prepaid cash cards. The Federal Trade Commission has already made it illegal for telemarketers to ask for payment that way. Scammers have turned to a new way to look for payment—asking for prepaid iTunes gift card as their preferred method of payment. Look out for these types of scams. Loading up a prepaid gift card and sending it off makes the fraud virtually untraceable.
I am happy to say that business is booming at Family inHome Caregiving! We have had a greater than anticipated influx of new Clients over the past two weeks, many of which have been referrals from past and current Clients. Our reputation for having the best caregivers (Home Care Aides or Senior Companions) in Monterey County is growing. We are currently looking for a handyman as well as qualified caregivers.
Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care. Our services include:
Monitoring of safety while bathing
Information and referral services
Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.
If you believe you would make an exceptional Home Care Aide, we would love to hear from you! We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems. Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a plus. To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle. To apply, please visit our web site www.fhcofm.com, click on careers where you can fill out an application online. We have immediate openings all over Monterey County. Service areas include:
Aromas, Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos
Fifty-six people have been arrested and charged with impersonating Internal Revenue Service officials and bilking people out of a whopping $300 million. I have warned people several times on my blog about this scam where the victim receives a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. The caller says that the victim owes money and will be fined or sued if they don’t pay up immediately. At least 15,000 people, many of them seniors, were coerced into wire-transferring funds or giving the scammers a debit card that could be charged.
Although brain games like Sudoko and crossword puzzles are widely believed to be amongst the best tools to stave off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, a new study has shown that exercise is a better way to stave off dementia. Exercise helps keep muscles strong, blood vessels flexible and stress low. People who are physically active “have lower levels of Alzheimer’s and other age-associated neurodegenerative disorders,” Arthur Kramer, senior vice provost for research and graduate education at Northeastern University, told AARP The Magazine. Research has shown that when previously sedentary men and women aged 50-80 walked around a track for 40 minutes a day three times a week for six months, their hippocampus increased in size. Typically this part of the brain would decrease in size with age, and this reduction has been shown to be related to dementia.
CHOMP is having a number of wonderful programs in January, including an American Bone Lecture Series on Tuesday January 17 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. This free informational program will meet at the main campus at CHOMP in Conference rooms A, B and C. An expert panel of doctors, a registered dietician and a physical therapist will tell you how to keep your bones healthy and strong for years to come. To register, go to www.chomp.org/classes.