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Walnuts – A Crucial Factor against Alzheimer’s

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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.

Visiting an Older Loved One

Caring.com has a fantastic article about visiting older loved ones:

Many people make brief visits to those in assisted living, rehab facilities, or nursing homes — or avoid visiting completely — because they dread awkward moments. Please don’t let these concerns stop you from visiting. Recent research that shows that loneliness is a major health problem, causing damaging stress and even memory loss. Even those living with others in group settings can experience the dangers of loneliness. Visits, however, can provide wonderful opportunities for bonding, connection, and learning from one another.

The article provides 11 tips for great visits. Our favorites? Remember that it’s not about youfocus on the person inside, and bring props. Suggested props include music, photographs, hand lotion, food, children, and pets.