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· Furniture. Simplify furniture arrangements. Make it as easy as possible for the person with Alzheimer's disease to navigate a room and get from point A to point B. Move or remove objects, such as a loose throw rug, that could be a tripping hazard.
· Lighting. Be sure there is sufficient lighting. As people get older, they require 2-3 times the amount of light they needed when they were younger. Add the confusion associated with Alzheimer's disease, and you can understand how important it is to have enough light. However, too much light, especially when it causes glare, can be distracting and irritating.
· Driving. Research suggests that even mild Alzheimer's disease is associated with an increased risk of accidents. It is important to check with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles to find out the procedure for evaluating the patient's driving ability. Many areas will perform a thorough "driver safety evaluation" to determine whether it is safe for the person to keep driving. If there is any impairment in vision or judgment, a person with Alzheimer's should not be driving.
Other Tips: * Make your environment as comfortable and sensory pleasing as possible.
· Decorate with colors you find soothing; use potpourri with fragrances that relax you.
· Keep photos and music around that uplift your spirits.
· If you find you would like company during the day, consider a pet such as a bird, fish, or cat. If you are concerned about the pet's daily care, surround yourself with plants or flowers.
· Make sure the temperature and climate are suitable to your sensitivities.
The more comfortable and safe you feel in your surroundings, the more manageable your diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease will be. (End)
Green Tea Reduces Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk
By: Jane Hart, MD
Healthnotes Newswire (January 17, 2008)—Drinking green tea may reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer, according to a new study. Green tea, made from the Camellia sinensis plant, contains catechins—antioxidant substances that may help stop cancer cell growth and prevent cancerous tumors from spreading.
· A variety of factors may contribute to prostate cancer developing, including diet, lifestyle, and the environment. Incidence of prostate cancer is low in Asia, where green tea is a popular beverage, and the authors of the new study decided to evaluate green tea’s effects on prostate cancer development in Japanese men.
· The authors looked at data from the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study, which began in 1990 and included nearly 50,000 Japanese men. The men answered questions about how many cups of green tea they drank each day and for 14 years they were followed for a variety of health factors. The study results, which were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that men who drank five or more cups of green tea per day had less risk of developing advanced prostate cancer compared with men who drank less or no tea. The authors noted that information was not available on methods the men used to brew the tea, such as the infusion time or strength.