Surprised by Symptoms: Parkinson’s Disease is More than Movement

For the nearly 1 million Americans who live with Parkinson’s disease, experiencing and learning to adapt to lifestyle changes is a major aspect of coping with the disease. While they and their care partners may anticipate difficulties with movement, including symptoms such as tremors and stiffness, many are unprepared for non-motor symptoms that may also accompany a Parkinson’s diagnosis. To learn more about how these non-motor symptoms affect the lives of those living with and caring for a person with Parkinson’s, a non-profit organization called the Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMDAlliance) surveyed more than 650 people with Parkinson’s and

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Summer Safety Tips For Seniors

With the weather getting warmer every day, there’s no doubt that summer is fast approaching. The summer can be a great time for relaxing with family and enjoying the nice weather. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Summer Safety Tips For Seniors Your body works hard every day to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat forces your body to work harder than normal, which often is the root cause of heat-related illness. Essentially the heat forces your body to work beyond its limits. For senior citizens, this can be a dangerous – and even

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Dehydration Tips

Summer is now here… as we approach the “heat of the summer” you should be aware of your need for fluids.  If you are exercising, spending time in the sun, or are under the weather, you can more easily become dehydrated.  Once dehydration starts your body begins to shut down, except for vital functions.  Luckily the body gives us symptoms to prevent dehydration from happening. The body will react to the need for water by giving of signs that you should recognize. The initial signs and symptoms of mild dehydration, in adults, start to appear when a person has lost

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Walk Your Way to a Clean Bill of Health

Walk Your Way to a Clean Bill of Health

Do you think you could walk 4 extra steps per minute while you’re awake each day? That’s 4 steps, not city blocks or country miles. Because research shows those 4 extra steps could drop your risk of; diabetes by 23%, stroke by 22%, and even heart disease by 17%!¹ Here’s how we know that: A few years back, the Mayo Clinic published a startling chart that revealed how various diseases could be avoided by walking an extra 3,000 and 6,000 steps each day. If that sounds like a lot, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not! According to an

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How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

It has long been known that exercise benefits the brain through improved vascular health, but scientists are beginning to discover that the benefits could be much more far-reaching. Watch Richard London, MD, Silverado Oak Village Medical Director, explain how exercise may be far more beneficial than previously believed. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMLfcat1aw[/embed] Recent studies show an association between higher levels of physical activity and a slowing in cognitive decline and dementia onset. In some cases an increase in the volume of the hippocampus (where Alzheimer's starts) was observed. Based on this research, Silverado has made physical exercise a pillar of the Nexus program, which is designed to help

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Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors

Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors

Summer’s here, and for elder care providers – and the seniors they care for – that means warm weather, fun, and sunshine. But as we all know, sometimes too much sun is bad for us. This is especially true for seniors, who are more prone to heat stroke and other kinds of heat illness than the rest of us. Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors “Heat stroke is something we take very seriously at Visiting Angels,” says Larry Meigs, CEO and president of Visiting Angels, a nationwide elder care agency. “Our elder care providers are trained in

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Weekly Beach Yoga for Alzheimer’s Patients is a Hit

Weekly Beach Yoga for Alzheimer's Patients is a Hit

You Won’t Believe What These People with Alzheimer's do on the Beach Every Week Breathe in, breathe out. Close your eyes, and take in the warm sand and sound of waves along the coast on this mild summer day. Weekly Beach Yoga for Alzheimer's Patients is a Hit   If you’re part of the Yoga on the Beach group at Silverado San Juan Capistrano, it’s likely you hear those words every Wednesday morning. And when you open your eyes, you look around to see a beautiful day at the beach. Every week, a group of residents from the Silverado San Juan

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Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles

 Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles

The world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, refers to imagination as a “discovering faculty,” one that “penetrates into the unseen worlds around us.” That power to see beyond what is immediately available is echoed by Dave Evans, Stanford professor. “There are lots of you,” he reminds us. “There are lots of right answers.” Things are so much more than they seem, especially for those with a fertile imagination. If your interested in keeping your brain sharp, we recommend exploring ways to enhance your creative powers.  Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles  Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles Seeing multiple possibilities, believe

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Personal Story about Parkinson’s Disease

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Seeing What is Not There Is it possible to see what is not there? For people with Parkinson’s disease, the answer may be yes! It is estimated that nearly half of all people with Parkinson’s disease may experience hallucinations, or seeing things that others do not, or delusions, which are fixed, false beliefs over the course of their disease. Over time, it can be hard for some to understand what is real and what is not. Dan Sees the World and More Dan M., 61, spent his life serving his community. He was stationed all over the United States and

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