Parkinson’s Disease Support Group: February 2, 2016

January 31st, 2016 by Doris Bersing

February 2, 4:30pm: Informational Session Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, 4141 Geary Boulevard Room F2 (between 5th and 6th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94118

Living Well Assisted Living at Home Receives Best of Home Care and Best Employer Award

January 29th, 2016 by Doris Bersing

2016-BOHC-Provider-of-ChoiceLIVING WELL Assisted Living at Home has been recognized with the Best of Home Care Award from Home Care Pulse as provider of choice. Awarded to only the top ranking home care providers, based on client and employee satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, LIVING WELL Assisted Living at Home is now ranked among a select few of the best home care providers in the country. Living Well was recognized for its work ethics, timeliness of caregivers, knowledge, compassion, problem solving attitude, and overall quality service. Moreover, Living Well received the employer of Choice voted by employees.

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Living Well presents: Enjoying your golden years, Thursday, February 18

January 19th, 2016 by Doris Bersing

Contrary to conventional belief, retirement is a great time to set new goals that don’t revolve around work and raising kids, but instead revolve around your own personal growth. Living with purpose is something that doesn’t stop when you are older. If anything, purpose becomes even more important for the overall health and well-being of senior citizens. So get ahead and start your goal setting during your golden years. And learn how to pay for it.

Refresments provided.

Speakers
Mary-Alice Cardenas
Doris Bersing
Date/Time
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 5-6:30pm
Location
Mill Valley Recreation Center
180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Limited seating. Please rsvp by calling 1-800-805-7104 or email us at events@livingwellah.com

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group: January 5, 2016

January 3rd, 2016 by Doris Bersing

January 5, 4:30pm: Therapy Session by Living Well Assisted Living At Home

Kaiser Permanente, 4141 Geary Boulevard Room F2 (between 5th and 6th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94118

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group: 2016 schedule

January 2nd, 2016 by Doris Bersing

Coping with Parkinson’s disease is difficult—more difficult for some than for others. Whatever the case, this support group will facilitate with:

  • Getting comfort and encouragement from others facing similar problems
  • Realizing you are not alone
  • Combating isolation and depression (a part of having Parkinson’s)
  • Obtain and share accurate information about Parkinson’s disease, research, and treatment
  • Resources in the community
  • Promote public awareness and education

Refreshments are provided.

Free. No preregistration required.

Facilitator(s)Rima Ash, MD, Doris Bersing, PhD, Elke Tekin, PR, Jennica Murray-Elizondo, MFTLiving Well Assisted Living at HomeFurther InformationElke Tekin (650) 678-4221

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Dementia, One Size Does Not Fit All

December 3rd, 2015 by Doris Bersing
Dementia Infographic

Click infographic to enlarge. Infographic provided by Be Independent Home Care

The number of dementia cases is expected to more than triple by 2050. Researchers have found one of the rarest forms of dementia is called Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease. Only one in one million people are diagnosed with it annually. We also know that many diseases can cause dementia at later stages. These include people with Multiple Sclerosis and HIV patients not taking antiviral medication.

 

Healthy Diet for Seniors and its Benefits

November 21st, 2015 by Doris Bersing

healthy foods for seniorsOur regular collaborator, Edward Francis with Supplemented.co.uk alerts us that trying to stay healthy as we age can be a bit of a challenge, and it’s even more difficult to try and encourage someone else to be healthy. He says: “…But there are many benefits of having a healthy diet as a senior, so it’s definitely worth the effort. Here’s just a few of the main benefits of having a healthy diet as a senior:

Reduce Risk of Heart Issues

As we get older, our heart is already at a higher risk of suffering from issues – whether that’s heart attacks, heart disease or other similar problems. Making sure you have a healthy diet is one way to lower these risks and keep your heart in top shape. But what exactly is a heart healthy diet? Portion size is important here – eating too much of even the best things isn’t great for you. There’s no need to cut the size so much that you’re hungry, but learning not to overfill your plate is a great foundation for building a healthy diet on. Other key aspects of a heart healthy diet include eating more fruit and vegetables, swapping to whole grains, and limiting unhealthy fats. It’s important to note that it’s only unhealthy fats – there’s no need to cut out fat altogether!

Have More Energy

It’s common for older people to begin to feel lethargic and low on energy. Part of this is simply because of aging, but it’s often something worsened by underlying issues – such as depression, or a poor diet. Swapping to a healthier diet is a quick way to give yourself an energy boost. If this is the main benefit that interests you, there are some specific tips you should follow. Firstly, make sure you’re eating breakfast! This is a vital part of both eating healthily and keeping your energy rates high. If you’re really struggling to eat a full meal in the mornings, even snacking on a breakfast bar is better than not eating. Complex carbohydrates are a must – starchy foods such as potatoes are a great source of these. And finally – make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Being dehydrated saps away energy, and making sure you’re drinking lots throughout the day is a great way to feel refreshed.

Strong Bones

One risk for seniors is brittle bones – it’s why there’s an increased risk of hip fractures from falls, for instance. Whilst this isn’t entirely avoidable, it is possible to lessen the impact by ensuring you’re eating correctly. Calcium and vitamin D are the most important things to consider here. Vitamin D is often hard to get enough of through diet alone, so we recommend taking a supplement in order to ensure you reap the benefits. As for calcium, milk and yogurt are key sources, but you should also consider increasing the amount of green leafy vegetables and nuts that you eat, as these are great secondary sources. It’s also important to remain active – in this case, diet can only go so far, so making sure you get a regular amount of exercise (even if it’s only a small amount) is vital.

Keep Your Mind Sharp

There’s a lot of discussion on the best way to keep your mind sharp as you age – from doing sudoku to taking long walks. One thing everyone agrees on though is that your diet plays a massive part of it. Starting to eat more healthily can has major benefits for your mind, and if you’re concerned about issues like dementia or Alzheimer’s, then it’s a quick and easy change with a big impact. If this is the thing you’re most concerned about, then a big thing to add into your diet is omega-3s. Foods like salmon are the obvious choice, but did you know you can also get the same effects from flax seeds? Green tea is another worthwhile addition, as it’s great for countering free radicals – the things most likely to be responsible for age-related mind issues.

These are just a few of the potential benefits gained from having a healthy diet – there are many more, and it’s something worth discussing with a medical professional if you have any queries about. Just be aware that the portions deemed healthy for a senior are likely to differ from what’s considered healthy for a younger adult, so make sure to do the research and not overload with food by mistake. Everything calls, of course for balance. That what you like and that what you must have versus what improves your quality of life. A difficult balance to keep and yet, a token for quality of life.