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Since I am actively involved in caring for elderly parents as well as being a member of the baby boomer generation, flirting with being a senior citizen (depending on which seniors discount I am looking at) and writing all about it, I often visit various medical and caregiving sites for news and updates of interest to myself, my family, and of course, you! 🙂 While visiting various caregiving sites this week, I found several interesting news updates for many of us caring for the elderly parents and relatives in our families:
- Anthony Cirillo shared encouraging information for those caring for elderly parents who are veterans at his website, Who Moved My Dentures? Essential Information for Boomers on Healthcare, Aging and Caregiving.
- In addition to the new book on Lewy Body Dementia Disease, that just came out, I discovered there is also a new book recently published, Help! What Do I Do Now? Caring for Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s by Nancy Nicholson, LBSW. Ms. Nicholson has both professional and personal experience in caring for elderly parents and other seniors with Alzheimer's Disease accompanied by dementia symptoms. It definitely looks interesting.
- There has been a new government study that finds two pesticides associated with Parkinsons Disease. Having dealt with this disease with several family members, including my senior dad, from the early stages of Parkinsons Disease to the difficult end stage of Parkinsons Disease, this was especially interesting to me:
"New research shows a link between use of two pesticides, rotenone and paraquat, and Parkinson's disease. People who used either pesticide developed Parkinson's disease approximately 2.5 times more often than non-users.
The study was a collaborative effort conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center in Sunnyvale, Calif.
"Rotenone directly inhibits the function of the mitochondria, the structure responsible for making energy in the cell," said Freya Kamel, Ph.D., a researcher in the intramural program at NIEHS and co-author of the paper appearing online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Paraquat increases production of certain oxygen derivatives that may harm cellular structures. People who used these pesticides or others with a similar mechanism of action were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease." You can read the entire article about this Parkinsons Disease news by clicking here.
- MedPage had an important warning about breast cancer and cigarette smoking, "Cigarette smoking — both past and present — was associated with an increased risk of invasive breast cancer among postmenopausal women, a prospective cohort study found. " I am not a smoker, by the grace of God Who made sure the cigarettes I sneaked from my parents tasted AWFUL (no filters 🙂 ). But I grew up surrounded by smokers – parents, grandparents, in-laws, and more. And according to this article, that means I am at higher risk than someone never exposed. It's vital for us to be setting the right example for our grandchildren, as well as protecting them from any second hand smoke from us!
- I was very encouraged to notice that the Womans Day magazine for March, 2011 has a complete section for caregiving – The Ultimate Caregiving Guide, including Afford the Cost, Choose the Right Doctor, and Manage the Stress. You can read one of the articles, The Caregivers Survival Guide, online. If you are interested in reading the rest of the articles, it may still be available at grocery stores or book stores, or you can probably find a copy at the library.
Very interesting resources for those of us in the Sandwich Generation, dealing with the varied issues of caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren, don't you think? And if you spot any other news items of interest to boomers and seniors, we'd love to hear about them.
such great information for all of us, especially
those with two sets of elderly parents!
Thank you so much Lea 🙂 I’m glad it is helping! Have a blessed and beautiful weekend! 😉
The Womans Day special section on caregiving is excellent! Well worth a look.
I came by for WFW or WW but I was intrigued by this article. Do u know good resources on gout. I have some in my care who are battling this foot aliment and I am negotiating with docs…
Thanks so very much for posting this great resource info!! 🙂
Hi Lois, The only thing I know of about gout, at this point in time, is an herbal remedy a couple of relatives love. It’s called Go-Out Plex and the bottle we have is from Highland Pharmacies. I checked Amazon and found that they carry a product by the same name from a company with a different name – Healthy Aging Nutraceuticals Go-Out Plex 90 Capsules which does seem to have the same ingredients. As I said, I have a couple of relatives who love it, but I would, of course, ask your doctors about it before trying it. We found our bottle at a local health food store and those would also be a good resource for information about it.
Per the Amazon product:
Not recommended for pregnant and lactating women. Celery seed can cause photo sensitivity. Use sunscreen or stay out of direct sunlight while using this product.
Two Capsules Contain: Potassium 50mg (citrate), Celery Seed Extract 800mg (Apium graveolens, contains 2.2% voatile oils), Black Cherry 4:1 Fruit Extract 200mg (Prunus avium), Bromelain 1200 GDU/g 100mg, Turmeric Root 100mg (Curcuma longa) Other Ingredients: Gelatin (100% natural, preservative-free, from capsule shell), magnesium trisilicate, natural silica, and magnesium stearate. Contains NO corn, soy, salt, yeast, wheat, milk & egg products, sugar, starch or preservatives.
Take One Capsule twice daily with meals.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
GO-OUT PLEX is a formulation to control gout symptoms. GO-OUT PLEX contains: Celery Seed Extract — is a diuretic, has properties that reduce muscle spasms, calm the nerves and reduce inflammation. Black Cherry Fruit Extract — has anthocyanins which relieve inflammation and pain. Turmeric Root — anti-inflammatory Bromelain — It has been credited with a number of health benefits including aiding digestion, speeding wound healing, and reducing inflammation. Potassium — a diuretic; water balance and distribution, acid-base balance , muscle and nerve cell function, heart function, kidney and adrenal function.
If I learn more, I’ll let you know 🙂