Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – Drink Responsibly – Smilecast 67

Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – OK to Drink But Like Everything in Moderation

Leave it to German researchers to conduct a study where they found that elderly adults who consume about two alcoholic beverages per day are at a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-drinkers. Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – who knew?

Researchers said that study subjects were 30% less likely to develop dementia, and 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

The study sampled 3,200 German seniors aged 75 and older. At the start of the study, none of the participants had dementia. Over the course of three years, participants were occasionally interviewed about their drinking habits and evaluated for signs of dementia. During that time, 217 participants were diagnosed with some form of dementia.

Researchers surmised that older men and women who drink alcohol sensibly in old age also have a healthier lifestyle in terms of physical, dietary, and mental perspectives. The study was published in the journal Age and Aging.

So is it really the drinking or the fact that responsible adults take better care of themselves.

I’m going with the drinking!!!!

Fun and Different Activities for Seniors – Charlotte Today – Smilecast 66

Fun and Different Activities for Seniors – Charlotte Today

Seeking out engaging and fun activities for seniors? Forget the novelties of gardening and golfing, and try a little something new with these fun ideas! This segment is from my appearance on the Charlotte Today Show. We discussed different categories of activities – exercise, activities that stimulate creativity, those that engage people socially, those that have a charity component, and finally those that contribute to lifelong learning. Take a look and try some for yourself.

Estate Planning is for Everyone – Charlotte Today

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Estate Planning is not Just for the Rich

Estate planning is misnamed, because it implies that one must have extensive assets to even consider an estate plan. That is not true.

“Everyone needs an estate plan because it is simply about control and protecting the ones that you love,” according to my friend Wendy Witt.

As she emphasized, it’s not just for the rich. It’s about creating a set of instructions so people know what to do and when if you’re not there to tell them anymore. It’s more than about money. It’s about making sure your kids are protected and cared for, making sure your wishes are carried out and yes, even keeping peace in the family she says.

What We Can All Learn About Living in the Present – Smilecast 65

What We Can All Learn About Living in the Present

My good friend Sandy Halperin, who has early onset Alzheimer’s was recently honored along with Sanjay Gupta, M.D. with the 2016 Proxmire Award, which recognizes national figures who have “demonstrated leadership and positively impacted public awareness around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”

A couple weeks before he accepted the award we had a 35 minute Skype call. In it he expressed concern about what he was going to say. Certainly honored by the award, he knew he needed to be both gracious but also make a statement, while he still could, about how much more was needed to be done in the battle against the disease.

Sandy lives in what he calls “The Precious Present.” It’s a book and a way of life for many with dementia, including Alzheimer’s. But it could be a way of life for all of us if we grasp the nugget of what this tiny book is about. Living in the present. It’s all we got. 

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