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Senior Living Week: Beta-Blockers, Dementia & the Human Condition

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenJanuary 12, 2013
“Age is of no importance, unless you are a cheese.” Wisdom found on Pinterest.

This week the French language film

    “Amour”
received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture which is noteworthy because unsentimental, subtitled movies about old people are not your standard Best Picture fare.  Send us your review or let us know if you see it this cold January weekend.

Quote of the Week

“The human condition can’t be relegated to check boxes,” Dr. Sudore said. “In real life, it’s not that simple.” – From Paula Span’s article on Help for Planning End-of-Life-Care.

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Reading Recommendations from A Place for Mom Staffers

  • Surprising Findings About Centenarians in the U.S.
    The American population of 100 year olds are tough as nails, fiercely independent, and mostly women. But they’re also cognitively impaired and living alone. Who’s looking out for this vulnerable group?
  • Beta-Blockers May Lower Dementia Risk
    Exciting news in Alzheimer’s research this week. A study done by the University of Hawaii on men of Japanese-American heritage, found that the men who used beta-blockers as their only blood pressure medication showed the fewest signs of dementia related brain changes compared to other groups who were treated with a combination of beta-blockers and blood pressure medication or other blood pressure medications. Taking any blood pressure medication was found to be better than no treatment at all.  Of course more research is needed. – Alaina D.
  • There’s More to Life Than Being Happy

    A great article from the Atlantic arguing that we really want meaning in our lives rather than happiness. The activities that give our lives the most meaning, such as caring for our children or our aging parents, often make us deeply unhappy (at times), but more fulfilled in the long run.

    The article includes this quote from Viktor Frankl, “A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”– Marika F.

  • Apps for Monitoring Senior Health
    This article mentions some cool tech gadgets that caregivers can use to track their loved ones’ health. From a digital pillbox called uBox to sensors that monitor heart rate, blood pressure and transmit the data to family and doctors so they can be alerted to any red flags. – Tracey F.
  • The Perks of Being a Senior
    A list of discounts and special pricing deals for seniors – beyond discount movie prices and the Denny’s senior menu. “With age comes wisdom — but age also comes with plenty of perks and discounts.” – Amanda L.
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