• Gain a better understanding of the neurological diseases that may create a need for assisted living

    Many of us have had our lives or the lives of our loved affected by neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The impact of these diseases can be devastating, requiring placement in special Alzheimer or Parkinson’s units or other assisted living settings. It does help to know as much about the disease process as possible. For those in the Vancouver WA and Portland OR area, there is another educational opportunity for the community’s residents. A free community forum will address the three diseases from diagnosis to the latest treatments and research. After the three experts speak, there will be a question-and-answer session. The forum will be held at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in the Southern Auditorium on November 1, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The location is at 9205 SW Barnes Road in Portland. Register for the forum at http://www.providence.org/brain or call 503-216-1055. It is our hope that you […]

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  • Discover what your loved one in assisted living, memory care or caregiving maybe experiencing

    Just to keep you up to date on local events, we’d like to mention an opportunity for you to see first hand what loved ones might be experiencing if they are suffering from dementia. The Highgate Senior Living in Hazel Dell’s Senior Helpers and Support & Caregivers Resources for Dementia are hosting a Virtual Dementia Tour on September 8th, 2012. Beginning at 2 p.m., the virtual tour will simulate the challenges people with dementia or Alzheimer’s face daily. The event will take place at the Vancouver Hilton (301 W. Sixth Street). To reserve a space, you will need to call the Highgate Senior Living at 360-571-7272 or email Vancouver@highgateseniorliving.com. Understanding what your loved ones may be experiencing in their daily struggles with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease allows you to better understand how to provide or arrange the best caregiving, or arranging alternate senior housing options like a memory care or Alzheimer’s care unit or other assisted living in Vancouver WA. […]

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  • More on lowering your risk of dementia

    A recent study at the Oregon Health and Science University has shown that persons over 80 with higher levels of certain vitamins and fatty acids performed better on cognitive tests and had less brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. And a University of Miami study showed that there was less small blood vessel damage in the brain when eating a certain diet. The Mayo Clinic studies have shown that better brain health is related to eating a fewer than 2,150 calories a day. And avoiding trans fats helps brain health, too. Other studies elsewhere have shown similar findings. All in all, the key to decreasing the risk of dementia seems to be to eat a balanced diet. And, while they do more studies, there are some general tips we can pass on. Without going into all the scientific findings and supporting data, the list of brain healthy foods includes beans, green peas, citrus fruits, sweet peppers, strawberries, cantaloupes, tomatoes, broccoli, […]

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