Chronic Condition Management
Chronic conditions are defined as an ongoing conditions lasting over one year, requires ongoing medical management. These conditions include cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, respiratory diseases, arthritis, obesity, and oral diseases.
The Facts: Researchers have identified heart disease and diabetes increase the risk factor of developing one or more kinds of dementia.
Our Take: By managing chronic health conditions you can reduce risk factors leading to brain inflammation and dementia.
Until recently older adults often did not have access to dental care increasing their risk for untreated tooth decay, gum disease, sensitive teeth, and oral cancer.
The Facts: Some evidence suggests oral bacteria may be linked to heart disease, diabetes, arterial blockages, and stroke with poor oral health.
Our Take: When you protect your heart with better oral health care you reduce your risk factor for heart disease contribution to dementia.
Similar to oral health older adults have not had access to hearing screenings. Unfortunately, lack of access coupled with the high cost of hearing aids 2/3 of Americans age 70 + have undiagnosed hearing loss.
The Facts: Hearing loss may increase the risk of cognitive problems and even dementia.
Our Take: Undiagnosed hearing loss may result in self social-isolation and depressio and may increase your risk factors for dementia.
Breath work is a quick and simple way to begin a stress management practice.
Breath Practice 1 First, sit erect in a chair (no rolling chairs please) with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Next, drop your shoulders, while settling into your chair. Next take your dominant hand, place it approximately 3 - 4 inches from your month and begin breathing into the palm of your hand.
Goal: To begin a concentration practice. The exercise is useful in developing your concentration muscles useful in mindfulness.
*Why it works: Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.
Weighted blankets are designed to provide gentle and constant pressure on the user that mimics the Deep Touch Pressure (DTP). DTP has been shown to increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of sleep and has a calming effect.
Goal: The blanket encourages the users body to produce hormone Oxytocin, which can relieve pain and stress while boosting the immune system. It may also improve the users sleep
*Why it works: The need for good quality sleep is often neglected. If using the blanket improves the ability to acquire the recommended seven to nine hours.