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OSTEOPOROSIS: A Silent Destroyer

By Jane Noble June 27, 2013 The word osteoporosis comes from the Greek osteo, meaning bone; and poros, meaning hole or passage. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes our bones to lose density and therefore become weak and fragile, and more susceptible to fractures. Bone is living tissue and as an ongoing process during our lives, old bone is broken down and replaced by new. Unfortunately, as we age, this replacement process slows down. Somewhere around the age of 30, bone mass stops increasing and we then have to look after the bones we have more carefully. In most women,…

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Brainpower Boosters

By Jane Noble June 18th, 2013 Alzheimer’s is on a relentless upward trajectory. It is the 5th leading cause of death in people over 65, surpassing diabetes. In the US alone, someone develops the disease every 70 seconds. While scientists continue their search for a cure, we would all do well to take a long look at our lifestyle and take whatever preventative measures we can to keep Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay. The better our brains function, the more we can get out of life. Here are some brainpower boosters you may want to adopt to help improve your…

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Doughnuts, Diabetes and Dementia

By Jane Noble June 18th, 2013 Put that doughnut down and walk away; not just for the sake of your waistline, but also for your brain. There is growing evidence that eating sugary, processed foods can trigger brain altering dementia like Alzheimer’s disease, which some experts are dubbing “Type 3 Diabetes.” At Amada we have many Alzheimer’s patients in our care. So much of the disease is still a mystery to doctors and researchers, but every day we get one step closer to better understanding the disease and ultimately finding a cure. Dr. Suzanne de la Monte, a neuropathologist at Brown…

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Getting to Yes: True Amada Stories with Happy Endings

Jane Noble    June 3, 2013 For most people, it’s not easy coming to terms with aging and admitting that things a person once took in stride are now causing difficulty. Pride is at stake, and fear of change and of the future can loom large. It is somehow easier to be an ostrich – to bury one’s head in the sand and pretend it will all go away. But that is not going to happen. Aging is, unfortunately, a one-way street. As the child of an aging parent, it can be distressing to see a loved one decline; but how…

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The 10 Absolutes of Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Patients

By Jane Noble June 3, 2013 At Amada, we know that caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia takes an endless amount of patience. Professional caregivers are trained to handle difficult situations and respond to the varying moods of their clients – but family caregivers usually have no previous experience to draw on. Jo Huey, an Alzheimer’s caregiver for over 30 years, has created what she calls “The 10 Absolutes of Alzheimer’s Caregiving.” She shares more stories of her experiences in her book “Alzheimer’s Disease: Help and Hope.”  The 10 Absolutes provide practical yet compassionate strategies for…

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