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#1921183 - 05/08/14 01:49 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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And kudos to you for recognizing your sister. Mental anything is a tuff nut to crack. Hang in there and remind your sister often how much she is appreciated. wink
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#1921186 - 05/08/14 01:55 PM Re: Caring for our parents RR Joker
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And kudos to you for recognizing your sister. Mental anything is a tuff nut to crack. wink


Sorry I thought you were talking about my sister eek laugh
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#1921194 - 05/08/14 02:10 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Awww...Ed...is she as Odd as you are? smirk
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#1921196 - 05/08/14 02:11 PM Re: Caring for our parents RR Joker
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Awww...Ed...is she as Odd as you are? smirk


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#1921198 - 05/08/14 02:15 PM Re: Caring for our parents Security_Guy
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More important than recognizing what your sister does is offering her respite periods where you or a hired caregiver steps in so your sister can step out for a massage, hair appt or just to wander a mall. As others can attest, Alzheimer's caregivers in particular are on 24/7.

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#1921221 - 05/08/14 02:53 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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We have hired a lady to come in the morning to get Mom going into the day. This lady is excellent, makes sure she has something to eat, gets her meds, and best of all combs Mom's hair. This 2 or 3 hour break in the mornings has helped my sis take a brief timeout and rejuvenate.
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#1921228 - 05/08/14 02:57 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Great for the breaks and also to have a second set of eyes to look at Mom for any changes that may need attention. Good luck to you all as you move forward through this.

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#1921243 - 05/08/14 03:10 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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We have started looking at resdidential facilities for mom. I'm not sure that the nurse 4 days per week is going to last much longer. She has had good days and bad days, but the bad days are coming more oftgen and she is getting pretty frail. It is really har for dad to think about, but I think he knows that the day is coming when, even with help from all of us and the nurse, he will not be able to handle this.
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#1921249 - 05/08/14 03:16 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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BBB1 - I'm so sorry. I know this has to be extremely difficult for all of you.
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#1921271 - 05/08/14 03:33 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Did any of you see the 60 Minutes segment this past Sunday on aging? They have been following a group of folks in one of those senior living "cities" since the 1980's. Many of them are in their 90's now and it was a very interesting segment. I'm sure I was drawn into it because with my mother having Alzheimer's I am interested in any research that comes out. The segment is not just on dementia, some of the things they have figured out after studying all of the folks for all of these years are:

Cigarettes are never good. Coffee is good. Moderate alcohol is good. 45 minutes exercise per day seems to be the best, and it doesn't have to all be all at once. And probably my favorite: It's not a bad thing to carry a little extra weight going into your senior years (operative word "little"). Anyway, very interesting if you get a chance to check it out online.
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#1921278 - 05/08/14 03:39 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Thanks skittles. smile

I agree with the "45 min per day". One of the things that mom and her brother both have in common is life devoid of exercise. Do I think it is the only factor? Not at all, but every study that I have seen shows that exercise helps stave off and slow down the effects fo dementia.
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#1921282 - 05/08/14 03:44 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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I agree Bankbb1. The study even showed that even people who exercised 3 hours didn't show more benefits, 45 minutes seemed to be the best result. I think the fact that all these folks stayed "engaged" in a lot of different activities has helped many of them too. At least I tell myself that when I am "making" my Mom go to the daycare and she is trying to get me to let her go back to bed. Trying to keep her progression at bay as long as possible and I think interacting with others could help that.
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#1921290 - 05/08/14 03:58 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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It definitely helps. When we had the nurse start coming in and staying with mom all day, she showed improvement. Inactivity of the brain and the body are just devastating. The more controlled interaction they can have the better. I say controlled because one on one interaction with mom seems very helpful, but putting her into a public setting with too many people and too much stimuli kind of shuts her down.
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#1921375 - 05/08/14 05:28 PM Re: Caring for our parents 80's Lady
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Originally Posted By: 80's Lady
Did any of you see the 60 Minutes segment this past Sunday on aging? They have been following a group of folks in one of those senior living "cities" since the 1980's. Many of them are in their 90's now and it was a very interesting segment. I'm sure I was drawn into it because with my mother having Alzheimer's I am interested in any research that comes out. The segment is not just on dementia, some of the things they have figured out after studying all of the folks for all of these years are:

Cigarettes are never good. Coffee is good. Moderate alcohol is good. 45 minutes exercise per day seems to be the best, and it doesn't have to all be all at once. And probably my favorite: It's not a bad thing to carry a little extra weight going into your senior years (operative word "little"). Anyway, very interesting if you get a chance to check it out online.


Wasn't that a fantastic piece?
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#1921391 - 05/08/14 05:39 PM Re: Caring for our parents #Just Jay
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Originally Posted By: 80's Lady
Did any of you see the 60 Minutes segment this past Sunday on aging? They have been following a group of folks in one of those senior living "cities" since the 1980's. Many of them are in their 90's now and it was a very interesting segment. I'm sure I was drawn into it because with my mother having Alzheimer's I am interested in any research that comes out. The segment is not just on dementia, some of the things they have figured out after studying all of the folks for all of these years are:

Cigarettes are never good. Coffee is good. Moderate alcohol is good. 45 minutes exercise per day seems to be the best, and it doesn't have to all be all at once. And probably my favorite: It's not a bad thing to carry a little extra weight going into your senior years (operative word "little"). Anyway, very interesting if you get a chance to check it out online.


Wasn't that a fantastic piece?


That was an interesting piece. And also having slightly elevated blood pressure was a good thing rather than low blood pressure.
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#1921393 - 05/08/14 05:41 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Was that due to a fall risk? (low BP)
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#1921439 - 05/08/14 06:44 PM Re: Caring for our parents 'Lil Freak!
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Originally Posted By: #Just Jay
Originally Posted By: 80's Lady
Did any of you see the 60 Minutes segment this past Sunday on aging? They have been following a group of folks in one of those senior living "cities" since the 1980's. Many of them are in their 90's now and it was a very interesting segment. I'm sure I was drawn into it because with my mother having Alzheimer's I am interested in any research that comes out. The segment is not just on dementia, some of the things they have figured out after studying all of the folks for all of these years are:

Cigarettes are never good. Coffee is good. Moderate alcohol is good. 45 minutes exercise per day seems to be the best, and it doesn't have to all be all at once. And probably my favorite: It's not a bad thing to carry a little extra weight going into your senior years (operative word "little"). Anyway, very interesting if you get a chance to check it out online.


Wasn't that a fantastic piece?


That was an interesting piece. And also having slightly elevated blood pressure was a good thing rather than low blood pressure.


Which makes sense. And a little 90's nookie wasn't frowned upon either.

What I found interesting is that some of the traditional signs in brain scans for Alzheimers wasn't necessarily present in those diagnosed with, and yet was present in others who presented no signs or symptoms. Makes you wonder it we are really looking at the right signs, or what other pieces are we missing from that puzzle.

Basically, work hard but smart, don't just sit, don't smoke, eat a little, move a little, drink a little, screw a little, mingle, have a good time, enjoy life, and you have a good chance at living a long fulfilling one!
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#1921825 - 05/09/14 05:05 PM Re: Caring for our parents 80's Lady
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Did any of you see the 60 Minutes segment this past Sunday on aging?


Okay, that's the third time I've heard someone recommend a show that was only on a few days ago. The entire episode
is here. The 90+ segment begins at about the 15 minute mark. (Place your cursor on the image to show the slide that allows you to "skip" the first segment.

Fascinating.
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#1921914 - 05/09/14 06:35 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Thanks, Ken. Finding that was on my to-do list for this weekend. Want MOML to see it too.

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#1921967 - 05/09/14 07:53 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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What Truffie said. Thanks
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#1922119 - 05/12/14 03:11 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Longevity was the front page article of our Sunday paper. Reiterated a lot of the stuff that the 60 minutes segment had. There's a growing concern that the baby boomers will be around and affecting society for quite a while to come. Personally, I hope so!!! smile

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#1922454 - 05/13/14 11:56 AM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Me too, Truff.
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#1922566 - 05/13/14 02:15 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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We are the first generation in history to have a longer life expectation than our children. Not sure how I feel about that.
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#1922587 - 05/13/14 02:35 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Really, BB1??? I didn't know that. Wonder why we're going to live longer than them.

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#1922589 - 05/13/14 02:36 PM Re: Caring for our parents Truffle Royale
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Really, BB1??? I didn't know that. Wonder why we're going to live longer than them.


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