By Cozette Eldridge

White Pine Co. Field Representative 

We’ve all been there: We walk into a room, forget why, and leave! Doctors believe that some decline in memory is part of natural healthy aging. A decrease in memory isn’t necessarily a sign of Alzheimer’s or other disease. Momentary lapses are generally normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern unless they impair daily life.                                                              

Alzheimer’s disease is rare in people younger that 65. About 15% of Americans ages 65 to 74 have the diagnosis. About 45% of Americans 85 years old and up have been diagnosed with dementia. When is memory loss a sign of health trouble? A red flag is the inability to retain new information. Episodic memory loss and trouble finding words might be precursors to Alzheimer’s, evident in the preclinical state, but aren’t always signs of dementia.                                                         

Early diagnosis can help slow the progression of disease related memory loss. Medications, sensory therapies, cognitive therapies and more may be helpful.                                    

Researchers believe that when the coating over part of the nerve cells becomes covered with beta-amyloid plaque, neurons are unable to communicate. Prevention research for Alzheimer’s suggests that Omego-3 fatty acids may help prevent the buildup of the protein. Fish oil is a common source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Some vegetarian sources include black raspberries, Canola oil, chia seeds, eggs, flaxseed, hempseed, seaweed, soy and walnuts. Various spices such as cumin, sage and turmeric may also be preventative as they work as antioxidants. B vitamins (B3, B6, B12 and folic acid, Vitamin D and E are also considered helpful preventatives to dementia.                             

Staying active both physically and mentally can also help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease.   RSVP has a new Respite program, called Friends Day Out, featuring Java Music Club, designed to help people with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, COPD, diabetes and other illnesses that require a full-time caretaker. It offers the primary caregiver support, respite care help, and a much-needed weekly break. RSVP volunteers are trained to host the weekly event, facilitate the classes, assist with supervision, and provide the primary caregivers with a regular break. It will be held each Friday at the White Pine County Library from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please call our office, (775) 289-6323 for more information or to sign up for the program. 

SENIOR CENTER LUNCH MENU        

MAY 13- MAY 17                                                                 

MON. Hamburger, Lettuce/Tomato/Onion, Baked Beans, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit, Crackers

TUES. Italian Baked Chicken, Noodles, Garden Salad, Orange                                                                                                                                              WED. Lemon Baked Tilapia, Roast Potatoes, Bean Combo Vegetables, Mixed Fruit Cup                                                                         

THURS. Chicken Florentine Soup, Deli Sandwich, Lettuce/Tomato, Fruit                                                                        

FRI. Pork Roast, Stuffing/Gravy, Herbed Vegetable Medley, Fruit Dessert