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Page 16; Smaller, homelike setting; Minimum of 1 staff to 7 residents; State licensed; Recognized, reputable communitypartner in Battle Creek for 33 yearsSenior Times - September 2018BRAIN HEALTH TO BEBy: Sherii Sherban, PublisherMany suspected it; researchers began to focus on it; results are supportingit. We are able to have an impact on reducing our risk for cognitive decline. Studies have focused on overall health, chronic condition management, move- ment and exercise, diet, social engage- ment, hearing, depression, medication management, and even education and challenging your brain. Next will be to confirm that combining these lifestyle changes decreases risk even further. It’s never too late to make new choices.The Lancet Commission found that one third of dementias may be preventable with just nine modifiable risk factors.An international panel of 24 experts reviewed the literature and found nine modifiable risk factors across the lifespan that could collectively reduce dementia risk by 30-35%, not includ- ing special diets. Realistically, the risk could be impacted by even greater per- centages when diet is adjusted as well.Lancet Commission recommenda- tions:• Early Life: Staying in school until at least the age of 15 years. (Better yet, continue education through the lifes- pan.)• Mid Life (~45-66): Vigorous treat- ment of hypertension, and maintaining overall good health through diet and exercise. Prevent obesity. Stop smok- ing. Guard against hearing loss. Keep socially active.• Later Life: Manage depression. Guard against diabetes. Continue with the recommendations for mid life.Have you been told that your loved one needs nursing home care ?Explore An Alternative; Respite care options ; End of life careAll inclusive rates: meals, laundry, transportation,medication management, activities and more;Contact Renee Kelly (269) 964-8292 www.CretsingerCareHomes.comA MEDICARE RATED FIVE STAR FACILITY!FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VIST www.laurelsobedford.comGet Moving – Stay Moving: We’ve been talking about this since Miles for Memories started. In fact, it was the motivation for getting started. Running or walking at least 15.3 miles per week was shown to decrease Alzheimer’s- related mortality by as much as 40%. The goal is to get the cardiovascular system delivering oxygen to the brain. While all movement has benefit, espe- cially for other health-related issues, weight-bearing seems to be the most beneficial for reducing the rate of cogni- tive decline.Clean Those Pipes: Those activities that reduce blood flow to the brain may increase your risk so eliminating smok- ing will allow your vascular response to increase. Keep your cholesterol under control, eliminating potential blockage. And if you’ve had a cardiovascular incident, from heart attack to stroke, be sure to follow your doctor’s directions for maintaining adequate blood flow. Finally, if oxygen deprivation is an issue, such as with sleep apnea, don’t let the discomfort of a CPAP machine, or daytime oxygen, keep your from getting your brain what it needs to continue to thrive. Other chronic conditions that★★★★★We Provide TopQuality NursingCare & Therapy!SERVICES WE PROVIDE• Skilled Nursing Care • Respite Care• Palliative Care• Wound Care• Short-Term Rehab• Outpatient Rehab• Stroke Rehab• Joint Replacement Rehab(269) 968-2296 • www.laurelsofbedford.com270 NORTH BEDFORD ROAD • BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037CERTIFIED BENEFIT ADVISORSLearn About Medicare Options■ Medicare Supplements ■ Medicare Advantage■ Part D (RX) Drug PlansPlanning & Protection■ Safe Money Retirement Planning■ Life "Burial" Insurance Find The Right Coverage ProviderWe represent over 30 different carriers to make sure you find the right coverage that works best for you.HELPING YOU PROTECT YOUR TOMORROW TODAY!Call us today to set up your FREE consultation.269-979-8600www.certifiedbenefitadvisors.com100 Country Pine Lane, Suite 2, Battle Creek, MI 49015Serving all of Southwest and South Central Michigan including these cities: Battle Creek, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Benton Harbor, Coldwater, Hillsdale, Sturgis, Charlotte, and surrounding areasSolving Senior Problems with Senior SolutionsIn-Home Care for a Better Quality of LifeLight Housekeeping • Meal Prep • Dressing • Companionship Grocery Shopping • LaundryProviding services to Kalamazoo, Calhoun, St Joseph, Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee and Jackson Counties.2990 Business One Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49048Phone: 269.762.6110 • Fax: 269.762.6109Toll Free: 877.406.9783 • Email: info@rahhelps.com744 W. Michigan Ave., Suite #301B, Jackson, MI 49201Phone: 517.768.0900 • Fax: 517.768.0909Toll Free: 877.768.0901 • Email: rahofscm-info@sbcglobal.netThe Care That’s Right, at Home®Call 24/7 For

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