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Do your Christmas Shopping at smile.amazon.com and a percentage goes to Hands to Help Seniors

by Richard Kuehn on 12/08/16

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Dementia Patients Aided By Music

by Richard Kuehn on 09/26/16

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia is a terrible condition, robbing you of memories and the people that you love.  Researchers have found that one way to ease the pain is with music.  Dan Cohen started an organization called Music & Memory (see www.musicandmemory.org) which can help a loved one connect with the world by bringing personalized music into their lives.  The non-profit uses volunteers to bring digital music to the elderly to improve their quality of life.  One man could barely speak and literally came alive after they started playing music that he loved.  What a wonderful contribution to his quality of life.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend the documentary “Alive Inside.”

Affordable Housing Coming To Downtown Monterey

by Richard Kuehn on 09/24/16

It’s only 19 units, but at last some affordable housing will be built in downtown Monterey for seniors.  The Van Buren Senior Housing Project will occupy six parcels in the 600 block of Van Buren Street just south of Madison Street.  Developed by the non-profit Mid-Peninsula Housing, the one-bedroom units will be designated as Section 8 federally-funded housing.  Thanks to the City of Monterey who gave the non-profit developer a long-term ground lease for just $1 per year.

Monterey, CA Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, To Hold Class On How Exercise Can Stave Off High Blood Pressure

by Richard Kuehn on 08/01/16

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, is having a number of great classes this summer including one on how exercise can stave off high blood pressure.  It will be held on Wednesday August 3 from 5:30 to 630 p.m. at the Montage Wellness Center in Marina in the conference room.  Get tips and guidelines to design an exercise plan if you have high blood pressure.  For more information, call 888-452-4667 or go to www.chomp.org/classes.

Dementia Reduced Dramatically In Seniors Doing Computer Exercises

by Richard Kuehn on 07/31/16

A study which has been going on for a decade has produced some exciting results.  It found that computer exercises (speed training) that get users to visually process information more quickly was very successful in staving off dementia.  This proved superior to memory and reason exercises to the surprise of many.  Dubbed the Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), the study is the first to find that behavioral intervention can reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.  Although previous studies have found that all three types of memory exercise reduce your chances of getting dementia, speed training was the only one of the three which protected against depression and it also reduced the chances of getting in an at-fault car wreck.  Thanks go to the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research which tested 2,832 healthy subjects aged 65 to 94.  Regular readers of my blog know that both my grandmother and my father had this terrible disease when they passed away, and I have been working diligently with the Monterey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to raise money to find a cure.  In addition to being the largest private funder of Alzheimer's research in the United States, they have support groups and a 24-hour hotline (800-272-3900) where a dedicated staff member can help you if you are struggling with caring for a loved one with the disease.   

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