From Alzheimer’s News Today:
A recent study revealed the potential of a walnut-enriched diet to benefit brain-health. The animal study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and details how a diet including walnuts may have positive effects against Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the risk of contracting the disease, delaying the onset, and slowing the progression.
The research was led by Abha Chauhan, PhD, head of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) and the outcomes are that mice fed with a walnut-enriched diet had substantial improvement in memory, learning skills, motor development, and reduced anxiety.
The high antioxidant portion existent in walnuts (3.7 mmol/ounce) may act as a brain protective factor against the degeneration common in Alzheimer’s disease. Both oxidative stress and inflammation are prominent features in Alzheimer’s disease.
More than 5 million people in the US are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
This post originally appeared on the LivHome blog.
More than 40% of adults over 60 feel lonely on a regular basis, and the cost of senior isolation is high: chronic loneliness among older adults is a predictor of functional decline and even death. Unfortunately, in our modern times seniors and their families often live far apart. How do we stay close to older loved ones when we can’t see them every day?
I believe very strongly in the power of thoughtful gifts to ease senior isolation. Gifts are a great way to show love when you’re not able to visit. Don’t know what to get? Here are a few gift guidelines:
- Keep it simple. Most people over 60 have all the “stuff” they need. Rather than sending large or expensive items, send a few smaller gifts. Things that they can use such as snacks, stationery, and personal care items are always appreciated.
- Make it pretty. Nicely wrapped presents, no matter what they are, really show that you care.
- Make it personal. The best part of the gift is the thought behind it. That warm feeling of being loved lasts much longer than the present itself. Personal touches like photos and a note add a great deal to the gift experience.
My own grandparents live thousands of miles away. The best part about sending them gifts is always the phone call that comes when the package arrives, when I can hear the joy in their voices. These experiences inspired me to create a service that helps other people stay close to their older loved ones.
My company Gramsly makes care packages for seniors, and we customize each one based on the intended recipient. I love learning about my customer’s loved ones and and choosing the perfect gifts for them. Every box tells a unique story that I feel privileged to share. One person sent a Gramsly box to celebrate a 99th birthday. Another client sent a box to her grandmother who was unable to attend her upcoming wedding. Gramsly boxes are also sent as “get well” gifts or holiday presents. In all cases, the senior recipients are overjoyed that someone thought enough of them to send a present. Most importantly, the gift giving invariably leads to a heartfelt conversation between the giver and the recipient, bringing them closer together.
Every day Gramsly helps families stay connected. If you’d like to send a gift to someone special, please visit our website for more information.
We’ve just discovered a fantastic blog that is (sadly) no longer being updated. Started by actor/writer Seth Menachem, it’s called Life Advice From Old People, and it has more than 100 posts of video interviews with older people giving advice and telling their stories.
The very first post is an interview with his neighbor Abe, who was 90 years old at the time:
So, Abe’s been my neighbor for years. He’s a good guy who’s had a rough patch while taking care of a very sick wife for the last 15 years. It’s drained him financially and emotionally and having caretakers in his house 24/7 is “a pain in the ass.” So, he spends a lot of time outside of his house. We take walks together and I sit and talk with him and his friend, Frank – both of whom are from the same town in Poland and as Jews had to escape during the war. They ended up in Russia. Frank worked for a short time in Siberia and then was locked away in a Siberian prison for years. Abe worked in Russia and also spent some time in prison. When he got out, he went back to his town to find his parents were both dead and his house razed to the ground. His parents were killed in Auschwitz. He went to Israel where his brother had emigrated and they lived together there for years. It is Abe and Frank who sparked this “life advice from old people” idea for me, as I often sit on the stoop and talk to these guys for hours.
Check out the blog to see more videos. We think they’re wonderful!