Berry a Day Keeps Alzheimer’s Away!

A study of Mediterranean and DASH diets led to invention of a new MIND dietary pattern (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet), which  positively affects cognitive function, slows cognitive decline, and reduces a risk of Alzheimer disease (AD).

“One of the more exciting things about this is that people who adhered even moderately to the MIND diet had a reduction in their risk for AD,” said Martha C. Morris, ScD, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Section on Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology at Rush University.

Morris has conducted a research to prove that nutrition has an influence on the risk rate of AD development. After studying a Mediterranean and DASH dietary plans, she created a MIND diet that is based on both Mediterranean and DASH diets, but also has an emphasize on food like green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, wine and berries that are recommended as “brain-healthy” foods.

923 people aged 58 to 98 participated in the MIND diet research. By correlating how close the participants’ diet matched MIND, Mediterranean or DASH dietary patterns and participants’ yearly taken cognitive tests results, researches realized that participants who were following the diet most closely experiencing a 54 percent reduction in the risk of developing AD.
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On behalf of ‪WPHHA‬ , we would like to wish you a ‪Happy Veterans Day‬ . Thank you for your daily sacrifice and the commitment you have made to protect our Country! As we take the time to reflect on this day and to think about those who have served, we must remember that there are thousands of veterans that need our help. Many are unable to afford the services that will help that continue to live independently in their community.
The Aid and ‪attendance (A&A) ‪pension provides benefits for ‪veterans and‬ surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, medication management and taking care of the needs of nature. These benefits are paid in addition to the monthly pension. The benefits also include individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Additionally the pension can be used for assisted care in an assisting living facility.
The A&A Pension can provide up to $1,788 per month to a veteran, $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,120 per month to a couple. This amount is subject to change and more information regarding the benefit can be found by following the link below.
Many of our veterans do not know that this program exists and even more are overwhelmed by the application process. At WPHHA we want to ensure that every qualifying Veteran has access to their benefits. Get the help you need, contact us today to learn more about the VA Aid and Attendance ‪Benefit‬ !

Western Pennsylvania home Health Association is a non-profit organization, servicing clients throughout Western Pennsylvania. At WPHHA we have coined the term “mobile healthcare services” to meet your needs on your time. These include in-home nursing, non-medical homecare and rehabilitation services. Our main concern is to help you or your loved ones maintain the highest level of wellness and independence possible.


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