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Five Ways to Make Your Brain More Resilient to the Early Signs of Dementia

Dementia is a slowly progressing disease, and it can be distressing to witness a loved one experience the different stages of dementia. During the onset of this disease, it can actually be difficult to separate natural memory loss due to aging and early signs of dementia. However, just as we can resist the physical signs of aging through taking vitamins and exercising, there are measures we can take to keep our brains strong and resist the early stages of dementia.

Five Ways to Keep your Brain Resilient

  • Learn a New Language: Studies show that bilingual brains are actually more resistant to dementia – and can delay symptoms of dementia in a person by an average of 5 years while functioning with a greater level of brain dysfunction. The theory behind this phenomenon is that learning multiple languages prompts the human brain to grow new brain cells.
  • Maintain your Social Life: As long as our brains remain active, they will continue growing new cells even as they age. One of the best ways to keep our brains active is through social interaction. Remaining social throughout your life helps you learn new things, exchange information, and reduce anxiety and depression – all of which keeps your brain active and strong.
  • Learn New Skills: When our brains are challenged, they grow new cells to accumulate the new knowledge and changes the way connections are made to keep it active. Every new challenge helps – from small challenges like doing a task with your non-dominant hand to big challenges like learning a new hobby.
  • Exercise & Eat Healthy: Maintaining your overall health through exercise and nutrition will help your brain be more resilient to the early signs of dementia. Your brain will continue to grow new cells if you keep your body healthy through eating nutritious foods, remaining physically active, and getting enough sleep, along with staying mentally healthy through social activities.
  • Be Curious: Asking questions, learning new things and finding new activities to do will keep your brain constantly taking in new information, which will help it grow new brain cells and make new connections. Being curious will help your brain resist the early signs of dementia, so be on the lookout for new things to do in your community. Some ideas are learning to play an instrument, volunteering, joining a book club, and taking a class.

All of these things and more will promote brain health throughout your life but are especially important in the senior years to fight dementia.


Caregivers of the Month

Congratulations to our Caregivers of the Month Michelle Spies-Chapman (left) and Sandra Milton! (right) They have shown exemplary punctuality and care for us in these past few months. Thank you both and keep up the good work!                                                                                                                      img_1276img_1271

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Home Care Assistance Receives 2016 Best of Home Care® Provider and Employer of Choice

Home Care Assistance of Indianapolis, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, has again been recognized as both a 2016 Best of Home Care Provider and Employer of Choice for its second consecutive year. This also marks the organization’s third consecutive year as Employer of Choice, sweeping all 11 categories. Home Care Assistance is also one of only two companies in Indianapolis to earn both of these honors. Read more

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Crustless Spinach Pie

It’s a brand new year and you, like everyone else, you make resolutions to be healthy. If you’re short on ideas that are good for you and taste good, we’re sharing an easy take on a crowd favorite – pie! Read more


Key Investment Advice for Caregivers

Our guest blog author, Steve Carr, is Partner and Director of Research for Peloton Wealth Strategists. Peloton manages custom investment portfolios and provides financial counsel on a fee-only basis for clients throughout the U.S. and internationally.

When a parent or other loved one looks to us to handle their personal affairs because they are no longer able to, the stress can be heavy. Financial caregivers are often required to make investment decisions without the benefit of key information. The following are of some of the most common investment-related decisions that you may need to make for a family member’s benefit. Read more

Healthy Living: Harvest Rice

As a part of our commitment to promote healthy living for seniors, as well as support our Indianapolis community, Employee Care Manager Pam Berg returned to PrimeLife Enrichment center for her monthly cooking class.

PrimeLife is a United Way agency, serving Hamilton County residents age 50 and up.  The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to providing services and programs that promote independence, optimal wellness and socialization.

According to Pam, “I’m very diligent about incorporating the healthiest ingredients into our classes. I look for products that are organic, low sodium, and minus MSG or preservatives.” Pam took over the kitchen this month to create a savory yet healthy side dish, perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday: Harvest Rice. Read more

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Advantages of Caregivers for Post Hospitalization Recovery

For most adults transitioning out of the hospital setting, home care is the solution that offers the greatest security and happiness for the client and the most peace of mind to his or her family.

  • Working with a personal caregiver provides the individual customized attention, ranging from a few hours a day to around-the-clock care 24 hours a day.
  • Visiting therapists can cater to the specific recovery needs of a client at home. For example, to practice walking stairs, a therapist can utilize the exact staircase the patient will eventually need to climb. This level of customization is not available in a rehab facility.
  • A patient benefits psychologically from the comfort of home and has a smoother transition back to a familiar routine and lifestyle.
  • Further, patients recovering at home can benefit from full-time, 24-hour services from a caregiver; the level of care is far more personalized than at a nursing facility and families enjoy peace of mind knowing a trained professional is always at home.