Coronavirus Cases in NY Expected to Peak Within Next Week

According to official estimates, the number of new coronavirus infections in New York are expected to peak at some point within the next week. While this doesn’t signal the end of the coronavirus infections, it does mean that New York may be able to begin relaxing some of the coronavirus-related restrictions over the next few weeks. This would allow life in New York to return to relative normalcy after the strife caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading Coronavirus Cases in NY Expected to Peak Within Next Week

Low-Carb Diet May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

In a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience, it was demonstrated that a diet rich in ketones, such as that produced by a low-carb diet, can help fight Alzheimer’s disease. The study, conducted on mice in a laboratory setting, showed that feeding them ketones helped reduce the impact of an Alzheimer’s-like condition. For some, this may provide an avenue for fighting the effects of Alzheimer’s disease aside from simply taking medication.

Ketones are a kind of fatty acid that is typically produced when a body begins to break down fats for energy due to a lack of available sugar or other carbohydrates. Ketones are rarely found in a healthy human body, and most typically appear in alcoholics, starving people, or those with untreated type I diabetes. However, a person can intentionally induce ketosis (the process of producing ketones) by switching to a low-carb diet, which causes the body to burn fat due to the lack of available carbohydrates for energy.

Aside from allowing a body to quickly lose weight, the ketones produced by a low-carb diet can also fight the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The effect is a result of Alzheimer’s on the SIRT3 protein, which is closely related with neurological health. When the mice consumed large amounts of ketones, the amount of SIRT3 increased in their brains, and the rate of cell death due to low SIRT3 declined.

However, there are downsides to this sort of approach. Low-carb diets can strain a person’s liver and kidneys, which can be an issue for anyone who already has liver or kidney problems. Additionally, a low-carb diet is not recommended for anyone with cardiovascular issues, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, due to the large amount of fat typically consumed in such a diet. However, for people who can withstand the effects of a low-carb diet, it may be a good way for people with Alzheimer’s to fight back against the disease.

McPeak’s Assisted Living provides care for your loved ones while ensuring they maintain a happy, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyle, right here in Suffolk County, Long Island, near downtown Patchogue. We provide particular attention to residents with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. With our affordable prices and excellent standard of care, we have the facilities to accommodate your love one’s needs and allow them to live to the fullest. For more information, please call us at (631) 475-0445 or visit our contact page.

 

Why You Should Consider Assisted Living

There comes a time in many people’s lives where you need to consider how to care for family members who can no longer fully care for themselves. When making such an important decision, it’s essential to take into consideration all of your options and make a choice that works best for you and your family. Here’s a few reasons why you should consider assisted living as an option for your loved one.

First and foremost, assisted living facilities have the resources and personnel to ensure your loved one’s needs will be attended to, whenever they need assistance caring for themselves. However, unlike a nursing home, assisted living allows them a degree of freedom and independence that allows them to enjoy life to its fullest. In an assisted living facility, your loved one can have a full social life like they did before, surrounded by others in similar situations that they can build camaraderie with.

Compare this to home care, where a person is periodically attended to by a nurse who assists them with whatever issues they may have. While that might be enough for some people, others may require more dedicated attention than a home care nurse can provide. Additionally, because home care nurses typically only visit for a few hours every couple of days, there’s a good chance no one will be around to help in a medical emergency. In an assisted living facility, however, there’s always someone to help nearby, just in case something bad happens.

McPeak’s Assisted Living provides care for your loved ones while ensuring they maintain a happy, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyle, right here in Suffolk County, Long Island, near downtown Patchogue. With our affordable prices and excellent standard of care, we have the facilities to accommodate your love one’s needs and allow them to live to the fullest. For more information, please call us at (631) 475-0445 or visit our contact page.

How Do You Choose Between Home Healthcare and an Assisted Living Facility?

Realizing you need help taking care of your loved one is both normal and healthy. It also means there are some big decisions that need to be made. Is it possible for your loved one to stay home, or would it be better for your loved one to move into an assisted living facility? This is a tough decision to make, and requires a lot of research, but if you have recognized the problem, then you have already taken the first step.

Before deciding, you must completely understand the differences between home healthcare and assisted living. It is also important to include the person who needs caring for in on the decision-making process. This is ultimately going to have a huge impact on their life, so be respectful and take their wishes into consideration.

Choosing home healthcare means a trained home health aide travels to a patient’s place of residence and provides medical assistance and help with daily tasks. It might be for just a few hours per day, or it might be all day, every day. Some of the benefits are that the family gets to choose the caregiver, the caregiver’s full attention is on your loved one, and your loved one gets to stay in their own home, where they may feel the most comfortable. However, some important things to consider are home modification and the possibility of loneliness if the home health aide is the only person they talk to.

An assisted living facility is a community where multiple residents live and receive care. In these facilities, there are always trained staff available to provide care and assist with daily activities. The benefits are that there is a lot of social interaction with other residents, family and friends can visit whenever they want, and residents get to participate in exciting activities run by the facility. With all the other residents and the various activities going on, the assisted living facility may feel just like a home for your loved one. Residents maintain their independence without having to give up their safety.

However, considerations such as costs and types of care provided vary by location and situation. Before deciding, research assisted living facilities and home healthcare providers in your area. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the care provider.

McPeak’s Assisted Living is an assisted living facility located in Suffolk County, New York and provides a safe, clean environment in a former mansion that has been updated to include numerous safety features and modern amenities. If you have any questions about whether assisted living is right for you or your family member, you can call us at 631-475-0445.