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If you’re worried about developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that eating more fruits or drinking more tea or red wine might help protect your brain.

People who had the lowest amounts of fruits — like apples and berries — and red wine and tea in their diets were two to four times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or another related dementia, the study found.

“Diet matters. And the good news is you don’t have to make dramatic changes. Modest changes like going from not eating any berries to eating a cup or two a week can make a difference,” explained the study’s senior author, Paul Jacques. He’s a senior scientist and director of nutritional epidemiology at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

Full article at WebMD

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JOSEPHINE PASTORE HAS lived in Yonkers, a city of about 200,000 people between New York City and the rest of the Hudson Valley, for 66 years. And up until a few weeks ago, Pastore says she was often out of the house, with weekly church meetings and other social plans.

“I’m the type that always went out in all kinds of weather, even if I am 90 years old,” Pastore says.

Now that Pastore – and millions of other Americans – are under guidance to stay at home due to the coronavirus, it’s become impossible to keep her independence. Pastore’s medications are delivered, but she says grocery store deliveries are often booked up weeks in advance. And because she’s older and at higher risk of complications if she does get sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, her family doesn’t want her leaving the house.

To meet the needs of residents like Pastore, Westchester County, which includes Yonkers, is rapidly expanding its meal delivery services for seniors. About 5,000 seniors are receiving one or two meals every day through initiatives overseen by the county – up from about 1,600 before the virus struck, according to Mae Carpenter, who has led the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services since 2001.

Full article at US News

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The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL has opened a new funding opportunity for a Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) on Assistive Technology to Promote Independence and Community Living, and two Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) on Employment of People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision and Home & Community Base Services (HCBS) Outcomes Research & Measurement. 

The purpose of the DRRP program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities (including international activities) to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities.

Full article at Administration for Community Living

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EVER SINCE THE NOVEL coronavirus pandemic forced California to issue a stay-at-home order to prevent spread of the virus, Fred Davis’ phone has been ringing almost nonstop. The callers: senior citizens who are shut in, alone and eager to know when the statewide lockdown might end.

“They’re calling me because they’re lonely,” says Davis, 74, a retired mortgage broker and part-time minister who volunteers at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in San Diego, his hometown. Some clients, he says, are alone after having outlived spouses or even children, while others depend on the senior center’s bingo games, dances and luncheons for social contact. The shutdown order, he says, is pushing his peers further into isolation.

Avoiding others “is OK when you choose to do it, if you want to go home and rest,” Davis says. The harm, he says, comes “when you are forced to do it – when you’re locked out of places. It’s just a sad experience for them.”

Full article at US News

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Take a walk, weed your garden, go for a swim or dance — it could keep your brain from shrinking as you age, a new study suggests.

Being physically active may keep your brain four years younger than the rest of you, which might help prevent or slow the progression of dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say.

“We recently published a paper using information of both current and past physical activity and found they both are associated with lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Yian Gu, an assistant professor of neurological sciences at Columbia University in New York City. “The current study is a step further to show that physical activity is also protective against brain volume loss.”

Full story at US News

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week published a final rule to ban electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used for self-injurious or aggressive behavior because they present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury that cannot be corrected or eliminated through new or updated device labeling.

ESDs administer electrical shocks through electrodes attached to the skin of individuals to immediately interrupt self-injurious or aggressive behavior or attempt to condition the individuals to stop engaging in such behavior. Evidence indicates a number of significant psychological and physical risks are associated with the use of these devices, including worsening of underlying symptoms, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, burns, and tissue damage. In addition, many people who are exposed to these devices have intellectual or developmental disabilities that make it difficult to communicate their pain. Evidence of the device’s effectiveness is weak and evidence supporting the benefit-risk profiles of alternatives is strong.

Full article at the Administration for Community Living

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New research confirms that the lower 0.25mg/kg dose of the clot-busting agent tenecteplase is appropriate for eligible stroke patients and can reduce the need for mechanical clot removal, according to late breaking science presented today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020. The conference, Feb. 19-21 in Los Angeles, is a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians dedicated to the science of stroke and brain health.

The clot-busting medication alteplase was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 25 years ago for treating clot-caused stroke (ischemic stroke) within 3 hours of symptom onset and AHA guidelines recommend alteplase up to 4.5 hours after stroke onset. Alteplase is administered as an IV drip over an hour. Alternatively, tenecteplase, a genetically modified variant of alteplase, is more convenient because it is administered as a single injection directly into the vein and restored blood flow to the brain better than alteplase in a previous trial. Two different doses of tenecteplase have been used in previous trials, and AHA guidelines include recommendations for both doses. Tenecteplase use for ischemic stroke is currently not approved by the FDA.

Full article at Science Daily

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In collaboration with ACL, the Evidence-Based Program Review Council is surveying organizations that have implemented approved evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs that meet ACL’s OAA Title III-D criteria.

As part of a re-review of all programs on the current Title III-D approved list, this survey aims to gauge satisfaction with these evidence-based programs:

  • Active Choices
  • Active Living Every Day (ALED)
  • AEA Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP)
  • AEA Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)
  • Better Choices, Better Health (online Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
  • Care Transitions Intervention (CTI)
  • EnhanceWellness

Full article at Administration for Community Living

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Hundreds of hospitals across the nation, including a number with sterling reputations for cutting-edge care, will be paid less by Medicare after the federal government pronounced that they had higher rates of infections and patient injuries than others.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday identified 786 hospitals that will receive lower payments for a year under the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, a creation of the Affordable Care Act. The penalties are designed to encourage better care without taking the extreme step of tossing a hospital out of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which would drive most hospitals out of business.

Now in their sixth year, the punishments, known as HAC penalties, remain awash in criticism from all sides. Hospitals say they are arbitrary and unfair, and some patient advocates believe they are too small to make a difference. Research has shown that while hospital infections are decreasing overall, it is hard to attribute that trend to the penalties.

Full article at Kaiser Health News

Most older adults want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Home maintenance is an important part of achieving this goal. Join the webinar to learn about Here to Stay: Home Upkeep for All™, a new AARP Foundation program sponsored by The Hartford. Here to Stay provides tools and advice to make preventive home maintenance easier and more cost-effective for older adults through interactive online tools and in-person workshops in select communities. Participants will learn ways to utilize Here to Stay resources to empower senior homeowners in their community to age more safely, cost-effectively, and confidently at home.
Presenter: Brenna McCallick, Program Manager, Housing, AARP Foundation

Register at Administration for Community Living