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Keep exercising: New study finds it’s good for your brain’s gray matter

Home care and nurses recruitmentCardiorespiratory exercise — walking briskly, running, biking and just about any other exercise that gets your heart pumping — is good for your body, but can it also slow cognitive changes in your brain?

A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases provides new evidence of an association between cardiorespiratory fitness and brain health, particularly in gray matter and total brain volume — regions of the brain involved with cognitive decline and aging.

Brain tissue is made up of gray matter, or cell bodies, and filaments, called white matter, that extend from the cells. The volume of gray matter appears to correlate with various skills and cognitive abilities. The researchers found that increases in peak oxygen uptake were strongly associated with increased gray matter volume.

The study involved 2,013 adults from two independent cohorts in northeastern Germany.

To read more about this study – Click here

Everycare Wirral Wins Home Care Award

Home care top 20 awardEverycare Wirral’s Registered Care Manager Dawn Macdonald was thrilled to receive the acknowledgment of this award for the second year running and is immensely proud of her Professional Care Assistants, “whose consistent hard work and dedication to providing a fantastic level of care has allowed their Clients to live their lives to the fullest.

There is no better recommendation than from the people who use our service, each and every day. We also realise how much reviews can help when people are looking for care for a loved one and they can trust that these are genuinely, honest reviews.

We are honoured to be rated by our Clients within the top 20 care providers in the North West of England and will endeavour to continue providing a high standard of care for our clients.”

The Homecare Awards highlights the top 20 most recommended home care providers in each of the 11 regions throughout the UK.

The Awards are based on thousands of independent reviews, from the most important people, our clients. Clients who have experienced, evaluated and appreciated the individually tailored care services that we provide. The recognition from these independent reviews is important to us, they show us that we are achieving our goal, which is to provide outstanding and genuine care within our community. We are dedicated to provide the highest quality of Client services, delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride and Company Spirit.

Low intensity physical activity allows older people to reduce their risk of dementia

Recent research suggests that doing even low-intensity physical activity allows older people to reduce their risk of dementia.

Carrying out even basic activities in older age might help maintain brain health. Several factors can affect a person’s chance of developing dementia.

Some of the factors, such as age and genetics, are unavoidable. Others, such as smoking and other unhealthful behaviors, are lifestyle choices that a person can change.

Regularly exercising and eating a healthful diet may prevent the onset of symptoms, say the Alzheimer’s Association.

However, a new study that appears in the journal Neurology has revealed that any kind of physical activity — including basic tasks such as doing housework — may protect a person’s brain when they have already reached old age.

To read more about this visit the Medical news today website.

Caring for the elderly in the Wirral this winter.

All of us can be affected by the cold winter weather. It is so important to look after yourself, friends and family. We hope you have taken advantage of the FREE flu jabs available for carers.

How to keep your home warm

Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home:

  • if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)wINTER WEATHER CARE
  • keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
  • during the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C
  • if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable
  • draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
For some more useful information and tips on keeping well this winter please visit the NHS website.