Caregiver News Trends for August

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Seniors more likely to be scammed by loved ones: Seniors are more likely to be robbed by someone they know than by a stranger, according to a recent report by the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), a non-profit organization dedicated to investor education. An IPT survey of over 700 elder financial experts, found that elder financial abuse is most commonly perpetrated by family members and caregivers. Nearly 80 percent of professionals said that seniors are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation and many felt that the financial education and fraud detection resources currently available to the elderly are sub-par. Learn what you can do to help protect a loved one from frauds and scams.

Brush your teeth regularly—your brain will thank you: People who brush their teeth the recommended two times per day may lessen their risk of developing dementia, according to a recent University of California study. After following a group of seniors for nearly two decades, researchers discovered that those who brushed less than once a day had a 65 percent greater chance of developing dementia. Study authors caution that their findings do not prove a direct cause and effect relationship between dementia and oral care, but previous research has also linked poor dental health with an increased risk of certain ailments, including: heart disease and diabetes.

Alzheimer’s progression slower in the very old: Elders who reach their eighties before experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s may develop a slower-paced form of the disease, according to new study. After examining hundreds of older adults, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found that younger seniors (people in their 60s and 70s) with Alzheimer’s experienced more rapid deteriorations of brain tissue and mental ability than their older counterparts. Study authors don’t know why physical and cognitive decline was more marked in younger Alzheimer’s sufferers, but they feel their findings may have important implications for future drug trials.

Certain community factors may make seniors more social: The sociability of seniors who reside in assisted living communities may be impacted by certain aspects of community design. Researchers from The Gerontology Institute examined the relationships formed by elders in several different communities. They identified different community characteristics that influenced how socially engaged the residents were. These characteristics included things like: the number and variety of structured social activities offered each day, how involved the staff was in encouraging residents to mingle with one another, and whether the physical layout of the community was designed in such a way as to promote spontaneous resident interaction. Scientific evidence consistently points to the positive impact of social interaction on the physical and mental health of seniors.

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