To ensure their ability to play this important role, caregivers are required to attend ongoing training sessions that enable them to better connect with clients and apply new developments in the fields of aging and old age diseases.
Guiding us are two forward-looking books in the field of gerontology, The Blue Zones, by National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, and The Alzheimer’s Solution, by Dean and Ayesha Sherzai M.D.
Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones is a first-hand study of five areas of the earth exceptional for the incredibly high proportion of centenarians among their populations.
The book uncovers secrets to long life by examining the peculiarities of each culture and distilling the lifestyle choices that connect these international communities. Its conclusions make simple innovations on standard health advice—emphasizing a plant based diet and regular, moderate exercise—while also stressing the importance of maintaining mental health through practices like keeping community close, retaining a sense of purpose, and performing stress relief rituals.
Dean and Ayesha Sherzai’s The Alzheimer’s Solution debunks the notion that Alzheimer’s is mostly a matter of genetic fate by exposing the impact our lifestyles can have on our susceptibility to the disease.
The Sherzais stress that Alzheimer’s disease and overall cognitive health are deeply influenced by five main lifestyle factors represented by the acronym NEURO—Nutrition, Exercise, Unwind, Restore, and Optimize. By combining a diet low in meat with proper physical and mental workouts, we can defer Alzheimer’s—or prevent it altogether.
Assisting with difficult tasks and protecting from falls.
Offering friendly conversation and patient assistance.
Making getting out easy and accessible.
Meeting grooming and hygiene needs.
Providing reminders and coordinating refills.
Promoting active living to boost long-term health.
Cooking to fit any client’s tastes or restrictions.
Relieving stress by helping clients unwind.
Keeping minds sharp and engaged.