Memory Loss is also caused by Lack of Sleep!

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After reading the last article that I posted, I found another article on the elderly and memory loss.

The article Lack of deep sleep in old age ‘can contribute significantly to memory loss found at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2269177/Lack-deep-sleep-old-age-contribute-significantly-memory-loss.html and written by Nick McDermott is interesting as it takes a different view, saying lack of deep sleep in old age can contribute significantly to memory loss.

The article says that researchers suggest by stimulating deeper sleep, it may be possible to boost memory maintenance in the elderly. It also explains that they hope this research will hopefully someday lead to treatment that will help prevent the incidence of dementia in the elderly. There is a quotation by Professor Walker saying, “There are three factors that are already well known, as you get older you lose memory, have increasingly bad sleep and suffer brain deterioration. We wanted to find out whether these three things are separate or inter-related and if so, what is the chain of command.”

I found it interesting that the study discovered that a particular part of the brain shows the greatest degree of deterioration as we age, and it is directly linked to our quality of sleep.This article is not only interesting but also helpful, as most people don’t realise how important it is too get the appropriate amount of sleep every night, especially for the elderly.

The Elderly and their Memory Loss

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There is a reason why the older people get, the more forgetful they become, and this article by Rupert Shepherd on Medical News Today shows exactly why. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/239785.php

This was an interesting article to read. It tells us the studies and tests that were done to find out and pin-point exactly why memory loss is so common in older people. They did tests with 658 people 65 or older without dementia and 174 of them had suffered silent strokes, which is what is thought to be the cause of memory loss with old age. They also scored worse on the memory test than the others, even though they do not have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Brickman, who developed the study, says “Since silent strokes and the volume of the hippocampus appeared to be associated with memory loss separately in our study, our results also support stroke prevention as a means for staving off memory problems.”

I feel this is an interesting article to read because most people assume its just old age that impacts the memory of even a healthy elderly person, however there is in fact research in this article that shows why this happens, and it isn’t just through dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

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http://www.naturalnews.com/035089_vitamin_D_deficiency_signs_symptoms.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/027345_Vitamin_D_exposure_sun.html

The links above are articles explaining how not getting enough sun will result in vitamin D deficiency and other problems like osteoporosis. The messages and advertisements that urge people to slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat, prevents us from skin cancers and melanomas, however if the younger generations do not get their daily intake of some sun, they will be more likely to suffer more illnesses as an adult or elderly. It is very common in elderly people to have problems that have resulted from vitamin D deficiency and this problem must be solved.

Age, skin colour, weight, and chronic illness are all factors that may variate your daily intake thats needed for Vitamin D. One of the article also says that when you are sick, the body demands more vitamin D. It is healthier to intake natural forms of vitamin D rather than taking supplements, so thats why its becoming more prominent for doctors to encourage at least half an hour of sun daily. This doesn’t mean sitting out in the hot sun without any sort of sun protection at all, but just getting the vitamins you need without the supplements, sitting outside to read a book or have a picnic so it will help your body grow stronger and healthier.

Why is the Japanese government asking the elderly to die?

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I found this interesting article named Japanese government tells its elderly to die sooner, saving the government money. (http://www.naturalnews.com/038824_Japanese_government_elderly_death_rates.html) which explains how Japan’s deputy Prime Minister suggests to “let old people die sooner so they are no longer a burden on government coffers.’

In many countries, including Australia, it is understood how the elderly and the ageing population can cause a burden on the country, as an increased number of nurses and carers for them would be needed for example, however what would make the Japanese Deputy Prime Minister go so far to proclaim such a comment?

The country is in a lot of debt, and as writer of the article J. D. Heyes says, “That unfathomable disparity is obviously weighing so heavy on the minds of some Japanese politicians it has driven them to speak their true hearts about how they think they can best solve the fiscal crisis they created: Kill off the old and informed.”

From reading the article listed, it show me that 72-year-old Aso, (Japanese deputy Prime Minister) needs to help the elderly and the growing and ageing population like the government does in Australia. It made me realise how lucky the growing and ageing population in Australia is, with so many healthy, comfortable living choices for the elderly and exercise classes such as aqua aerobics and Tai Chi. There are many great nursing homes with nurses to look after them and the elderly should get all the assistance they need.

Beer is Healthy!

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From reading the ‘Be Healthy – Health works’ February newsletter, I came across an interesting, eye-catching, article, Beer benefits by Bill Owen. It explains that while wine gets praise in the health industries for actually being healthy for you (in moderation, one glass a day), studies have also found that beer can have a healthy affect on your heart.

It is the ingredients in the beer that are good for you. The article shows that drinking one beer a day keeps the cardiologist away. Folate and the constituents found in beer together, reduce homocysteine in the blood, lower cholesterol and reduce blood clotting and one beer per day has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease. They emphasise that drinking more than that, and heavy drinking is still bad for you.

They also busted the myth that low-carbohydrate beer is better for you, as all beers are low in carbohydrate and contain much less than a regular soft drink. In conclusion, Bill Owen expresses that just like wine, beer has also been found to be healthy for you if only consumed once a day.

Do you experience joint aches, pains and red skin rash?

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You may experience a fever, fatigue, hair loss, mouth ulcers and dry eyes. These symptoms are common in most illnesses yet many people are unaware that it is difficult for a doctor to diagnose certain sicknesses on their patients sometimes without doing further tests.

Things aren’t always as they seem, as the link shows, ( http://www.arthritisvic.org.au/conditions-and-symptoms/Lupus ), Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE) is “notoriously difficult to diagnose”.

Although lifestyle factors play a major role in keeping healthy and free from disease, everyone should get regular health check ups, because sometimes it wont be just an average cold.

SLE is almost unrecognisable and there is no known cure, however it can be managed. This article is extremely helpful as it gives readers an understanding that sometimes disorders and illness can be hidden, even when you look and feel healthy.