For those of you who like to hear about new terms, etc. Here is a new one presented by
Dr. Frank Lin, a otolaryngologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Cognitive load is essentially, when the brain is so preoccupied with translating the sounds into words that it seems to have no processing power left to search through the storerooms of memory for a response. This often comes when a person has some hearing loss. Dr. Linn is concerned about a significant issues that is being address more today with the relationship between hearing loss and dementia. “Compared to individuals with normal hearing, those individuals with a mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss, respectively, had a 2-,3- and 5- fold increased risk of developing dementia” this was over the course of one of his studies.
For those of you living in the Willamette Valley we would like to invite you to attend any or all of the upcoming events that we will be participating in. Come visit our booth and find our more about us.
April 3-4 (8:15 am – 4:30 pm)
OSU – Corvallis, OR
CH2M Hill Alumni Center
April 5 (1 – 6pm)
Florence Event Center
Florence 7th Day Adventist Sponsor
In addition Donna Peterson, MA our Community Relations Coordinator will present in the afternoon – “I’ve Lost My Keys – Have I Lost My Mind”.
Free to the public.
Florence Health Fair
Sponsored by Three Rivers Casino
Location: Three Rivers Casino Conference Center
10 am – 3 pm
Open to the public.
Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
10 am – 6 pm
Location: The River Center in Lebanon
Tell us you heard about the events on Facebook and get a free gift.Posted in General
As individuals grow older it seems as if one of the greatest health complaints is that of intestinal discomfort. According to Aglaee Jacob, MS, RD “there are some dietary supplements that may further boost gut health: probiotics fermented cod liver oil, glutamine, digestive enzymes, and medium chain triglycerides.” According to the January 2008 issue of the American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology Vitamin D plays a key role in calming the autoimmune reaction by soothing inflammation and contributing to the integrity of the gut lining. It is thought that professionals should be promoting the use of vitamin D3 supplements since the foods are scarce. The sun provides us with a source of Vitamin D, however, if you live in an area that has limited sun during the year, you should consider taking the supplements.Posted in Aging Issues, General, Nutrition & Exercise, Prevention, Research
Tonight is the Fiesta Bowl with our infamous Ducks playing K-State. We want to wish them the very best for a big win. They have demonstrated a great deal of ability over the last few years with this year being one of the best!!!!Posted in General
Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
As we approach the New Year here are some exciting books that can help us find out if we as human beings can change or are some of our characteristics set in stone. List of books taken from February 2013 Psychology Today.
Rewire Your Brain For Love
Marsha Lucas, Ph.D.
Joshua Gowin, Ph.D.
Fulfillment at Any Age
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
Art Markman, Ph.D.
Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D.
Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D
On Behalf of New Horizons In-Home Care may you have a very Happy New Year and a prosperous and health filled year in 2013!
.Posted in General, In The News, Research
The staff in the Eugene-Springfield, OR office would like to wish all of our clients, families, and colleagues a very Happy Thanksgiving! We have many things to be thankful for. We appreciate the relationships we have will all of you and enjoy are grateful to have the opportunity to serve you.Posted in General
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal by Melinda Beck indicates that the National Institute on Aging has found that upon autopsy of 1,000 demented patients at 30 top research centers found that between 17% and 30% of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease had been misdiagnosed and had other conditions. The study was published in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology in April. It also found that 40% of patients in the study who were not diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in their lifetime had evidence of the disease.
These findings demonstrate that when a person is having issues similar to those identified with Alzheimer’s disease, i.e. memory loss, confusion, changes in personality or mood, they need to have a thorough examination to rule out other issues. There are several conditions that can cause a person to have any one or all of theses symptoms. Many of these can be corrected, for example, multiple medications that are interacting and causing memory issues, a urinary tract infection, untreated thyroid issues and many more.
If you or your loved one are experiencing memory issues, confusion, etc. you should consult your health care provider in order to determine the cause.Posted in Aging Issues, General, In The News, Prevention, Research
A new 10-year study published in Social, Psychological, and Personality Science, indicates that when people have mixed emotions over a period of time, the slower their age-related decline. For example, if you are celebrating the birth of a baby while worrying over how you will pay for their college, this experience contains both positive and negative feelings at the same time and researchers believe this can help mental wellness. Another example might be the person who looses a loved one, while at the same time remembers the wonderful life they had. Hal E. Hershfield, a co-author of this study believes that “the ability to withstand the tension of feeling both positive and negative emotions may represent an important human strength.” This type of balance can help to mitigate the physiological damage of sadness and help people feel whole.
Translate this into later life, think how this might help when some of the losses occur with an older person, such as giving up the car keys. A person might grieve over not being able to drive, while at the same time remember some of their wonderful road trips when they were younger. For those working with older adults it is well worth encouraging them to tell their story of happy moments as it might relate to a loss they are experiencing.Posted in Aging Issues, General, Prevention, Research
Our office in Florence, OR is in a wonderful quaint setting at the coast. Florence is a community that many people like to retire to and enjoy life. In fact, three years ago Florence was voted one of the best places in the United State to retire to. Our nurse of several years recently retired and we were fortunate enough to find a nurse who had recently moved to Florence from California. She is one of those dynamite individuals who not only has great nursing skills, but a personality that never meets a stranger. Her name is Marilyn Ward and I thought I would give our readers from Florence some biographical information on her. Feel free to stop by our offices at 398 Hwy. 101 and meet her.
Marilyn Ward, LPN was born in Huntington Park, California and moved with her family at age 6 to Minnesota. She grew up in the country outside a small town with 69 students in her graduating class. She raised a grand-champion pig in 4-H and loved to swim in all the lakes in Minnesota. Her nurse’s training was done in St. Paul at Bethesda Hospital (a long time ago!)
Ms Ward has had varied nursing positions throughout her career: most recently with Home Health in Quality Improvement as clinical document reviewer. Other Home Health positions that she held were field nurse, liaison, and marketing.
Other nursing jobs she held were Occupational Health Nurse for one of the Black & Decker Corporation facilities in Anaheim, CA, Employee Health Nurse at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA, and various clinics, acute care hospital and with the developmentally disabled.
Recently moving to Florence,, Marilyn is thrilled to be living near her family and is looking forward to spending the Holidays together with them. Also, she is happy to be working for New Horizons and is looking forward to the new opportunities coming!!
Posted in General
For those of you who follow our blog you might want to check out our other website blog at our Corvallis, OR website at www.corvallisinhomecare.com. We just recently started that blog and there is additional information that might be of interest to our blogging friends.Posted in General