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Sitting for More than 10 Hours a Day Increases Dementia Risk


In a study recently summarized in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers examined the relationship between sitting for long periods of time and the risk for developing dementia.  The study involved nearly 50k people aged 60 and older. Inactivity has long been associated with increased risk for heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, obesity,…

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Staying Hydrated is Healthy


Here in Tucson and across Arizona we have been dealing with record heat this summer.  It is easy to forget to drink enough water, particularly if you spend any amount of time outdoors.  But staying hydrated is not just an issue in the summer.  Drinking water is good for your overall health. A recent study…

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Why Exercise Makes Us Feel Better


Exercise has been linked to longevity.   Studies have found that exercise reduces rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and lowers blood pressure.  Exercise also improves our mood and can reduce depression.  There is a scientific reason for this.   When our muscles are used, they release chemicals into the bloodstream, including proteins called myokines.  Myokines have…

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Lifestyle Keys to Reduce the Risk of Dementia and Cognitive Decline


Lifestyle choices slow the rate of cognitive decline and reduce the likelihood of developing dementia.  The more positive lifestyle choices you make, the lower the risk for developing dementia and experiencing cognitive decline in general.  In a study that included 29,000 adults over the age of 60, memory function was evaluated over a period of…

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Rejuvenating Aging Brains


Young blood may hold a key to rejuvenating the brains of elderly people.  Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD at Stanford University, has been studying aging in mice.  In this research, the blood of young mice was shared with older mice.  The older mice then began to exhibit signs of rejuvenation, including an increase in neurons, increased neuronal…

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Aerobic Exercise Benefits the Brains of People with Parkinson’s Disease


Regular exercise greatly benefits individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.  A recent study examined the effects of aerobic exercise on people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).  The study included sedentary people aged 30 to 75 who were experiencing mild PD symptoms.  The group was split into two: 1) the first group performed stretching and relaxation exercises, and 2)…

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Alzheimer’s / Dementia Expert Offers Advice to Families


Dr. Macie Smith, Alzheimer’s / dementia expert and SYNERGY HomeCare gerontologist, was featured on Good Morning Arizona.  She provided information on Alzheimer’s and dementia.  She offered advice to families dealing with the disease.  One misperception that she addressed was the notion that a person with dementia should be placed in an assisted living or memory…

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Managing Parkinson’s Disease by Managing Medications


We have a client in Tucson with Parkinson’s Disease.  His family moved him into an assisted living facility because they were facing challenges associated with falls and mood changes.   His situation only got worse because he did not receive the attention he needed.  He desperately wanted to return home so his family contacted us and…

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Home Care for Veterans and their Families


Disabled Veteran and Spouse

Navigating through the maze of benefits available to veterans can be challenging.  These programs help provide access to healthcare, supportive devices, social services, and home care.  SYNERGY HomeCare in Tucson is proud to provide help to the men and women that have served our country.  We work with the Veterans Administration (VA) and other organizations…

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