Hearing Loss | Winter 2018 Newsletter

Hearing Loss Is Not Good For The Brain Barbara E. Weinstein, PH.D. In light of the growing emphasis on healthy lifestyles and scientific, medical and technological advances, people are living longer. The increase in life expectancy is accompanied by a rise in the prevalence of several major public health issues which impact quality of life and health care costs substantially: age related hearing loss and dementia. Age related hearing loss (ARHL) is a chronic condition which is on the rise with an aging society. More than two-third of adults 70 years of age or older have hearing loss which int [...]

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Diet | Winter 2018 Newsletter

Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease Lawrence S. Honig, M.D., PH.D., FAAN Everyone hopes that they can do something to prevent the development of dementia — and the most common dementia is due to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The biggest risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are genetics and age. You can’t change your genetics and of course living to older age is something most wish for, but unfortunately comes with this increased risk. But, one somewhat controllable aspect of lifestyle is diet – the particular combinations of food and drink that people consume. And the idea that diet might influence the [...]

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Brain Injury | Winter 2018 Newsletter

2017 Brings Major Progress in Diagnosing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) During Life Sam Gandy, M.D., PH.D. Mount Sinai Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, and Associate Director of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in New York City. Dr. Gandy is an international expert in the metabolism of the sticky substance called amyloid that clogs the brain in patients with Alzheimer’s. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disorder that can occur following repeated trauma to the head. Symptoms of this dise [...]

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Connect2culture®| Winter 2018 Newsletter

The Caregiver and the Creative Spirit Meredith Wong, Manager of Connect2culture® There are some who think the term creative doesn’t apply to them because it may be understood only in the context of artists. However, if we think about creativity in terms of expression and communication, it’s a word that is relevant to everyone. The many ways in which we can communicate through and with expression is what makes us able to engage with our surroundings and with each other. In the context of caregiving, creative activity can be an outlet for self-reflection, care, exploration, and discovery. Care [...]

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Social Work Services | Winter 2018 Newsletter

What about the Caregiver? Caregiving and Staying Healthy Ana Araujo, Manager of Social Work How do you take care of yourself? Many family caregivers are often unsure how to answer this question. The idea of finding time for themselves is a foreign concept. They have not taken a vacation in a few years. Meetings with friends are limited and seeing a doctor for themselves may occur once in a while. There is no doubt that caring for a person with dementia is challenging and exhausting. Too often caregiving responsibilities become the priority and self-care is placed on the back burner. Many car [...]

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