Issue No. 8 – October 2, 2014

Dementia is actually a very general term; there are various forms of dementia. But dementia is more than just memory loss, which is what it is most commonly known as. Some possible early signs of dementia can be confusion, difficulty adapting to change, or changes or shifts in moods or personality. Dementia can also include apathy, withdrawal, or loss of interest in activities, impairments in communication, language, focus, or reasoning, or repetition – doing the same tasks more than once a day.

5 Ways To Prevent Dementia

  • Exercise

    Three times a week, for 40 minutes, walk briskly. Research shows that aerobic exercise can reduce the risk of dementia by 40 to 50 percent.

  • Healthy Eating

    A diet consisting of lots of fish, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, and fresh produce is beneficial.

  • Portion Control

    Instead of eating three main meals, try having four to six smaller meals throughout the day. This will help with keeping blood sugar levels consistent.

  • Mental Activity

    Besides for working on your body, work your mind. Play word games, memorization games, puzzles, and other things that exercise your brain.

  • Good Sleeping Habits

    Have a regular sleep schedule. Napping is important, but don’t sleep too much during the day as that could lead to insomnia at nights. Keep naps to thirty minutes.


 

Ask the Experts

How can I take care of someone who has dementia?

  • People with dementia might become aggressive. Never engage in an argument or push an issue. Work on figuring out what is making them aggressive and deal with them in a calmly manner.

  • Elders with dementia can be confused about where they are. Don’t give long explanations. Keep it simple and short; this will help ease their confusion without becoming complicated.

  • Dementia can cause poor judgment in elders. Don’t attack them about their choices or decisions if they don’t make sense to you. Assess the situation and calmly work with them on a solution.

  • Always treat them with respect. It might be easy to become frustrated with them due to their disease. Always exhibit patience and understanding.

  • Have a support system. Not only should you turn to family and friends for help, but ask questions to doctors or nurses if anything isn’t clear.



 
 
 

Issue No. 7 – August 28, 2014

Ask the Experts

What is a Medicaid spousal refusal?
A Medicaid spousal refusal is when the spouse of a Medicaid applicant refuses to contribute their finances toward medical expenses for the applying spouse. By doing so, the Medicaid applicant is looked at as an individual, not as part of a couple, and therefore Medicaid will only look at the applicant’s finances to determine eligibility. The spousal refusal can be crucial and it comes into play when the applicant would otherwise be ineligible based on their spouse’s finances.


Labor Day celebrates the American Labor movement. It celebrates the social and economic achievements of workers. While today the meaning of this day is sort of lost, it means a lot more to seniors. Seniors came from a time when the day truly celebrated the working men and women of the country.

As seniors, however, they are no longer working. Most of them are retired and living at home, without the daily work routine to keep them busy.

So how can seniors stay busy throughout the day?

  • Sleep

    It’s very important for seniors to rest and sleep enough. Too much sleep could lead to insomnia at night, so try to keep naps to half an hour.

  • Household chores

    If they are able to, seniors can tidy up the house and keep things neat.

  • Volunteer

    Help out in community programs or at a local community center.

  • Shop

    Go shopping for household items or groceries.

  • Stay active

    It’s important for seniors to stay healthy and as physically active as possible. Some ideas are to garden, walk, golf, play tennis, or swim.

  • Mental exercises

    Stay mentally active – word games, puzzles, reading, and these types of things keep the brain in good shape.

  • Family

    Spend some quality time with children and grandchildren.

  • Friends

    Invite friends over or make plans to go out together. Staying social will keep seniors happy and healthy!



 
 
 

Issue No. 6 – August 12, 2014

Ask the Experts

How can I protect my home when applying for Medicaid?
While you need to have under a certain amount of resources to qualify for Medicaid, you would think that one qualification would be that you can’t own your own home. This isn’t necessarily the case, however. As long as the home you own is your primary residence, it can be worth up to $838,000 equity value. There are options of how to qualify for Medicaid if your home is worth more than that amount, even if you’re being admitted to a nursing home! Here at White Glove we can discuss these different options with you.


 

5 Ways of coping with a loved one that has Alzheimer’s disease

  • Be well informed

    The more you know about the disease, the better. Ask your doctor or other health care provider any questions you may have.

  • Speak to your family and close friends

    Don’t push them away. Let them be there for you as a support team.

  • Work on managing your stress

    This will help you mentally, physically, as well as emotionally.

  • Face your challenges

    Realize what has become more challenging for you and make a list of these things. Focus on these things. However, don’t focus on too much at once; this could just lead to high stress.

  • Daily routine

    Have a daily routine and set realistic goals for each day. Don’t push yourself too much, or it could stress you out.


 

8 Ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

  • Healthy Eating

    Eat foods that are good for your heart. What’s good for your heart is good for your brain.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    Eating foods like salmon and tuna which are rich in omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Fruits & Veggies

    Consuming fruits and vegetables can lead to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s. Eating lots of Berries can also help you fight memory loss.

  • Vitamins

    Take folic acid and/or B12 supplements.

  • Keep moving

    Being physically active is also a good way to prevent Alzheimer’s. Exercise helps with blood flow to the brain.

  • Exercise your brain

    Stay mentally active. Working your brain will strengthen brain cells and connections between them, as well as possibly creating new nerve cells.

  • Avoid Fatty Foods

    Eat less of foods high in saturated and trans fats. These fats can produce more beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Be a social butterfly

    Staying socially active can also help to prevent Alzheimer’s. Go out, see friends, and enjoy yourself.