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Another reason to want the corner office: It's good for your health

Another reason to want the corner office: It's good for your health | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- While most of us are sleeping, Keith Jones spends his nights driving a truck. The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident says he doesn't mind the overnights -- the dark and the quiet time help him think. But during the day when he's at his home office filing paperwork, he says has to work in front of the window. The daylight, he says, is essential.

"I always have my windows open, or at least the blinds, when I work," Jones said. "I want to see the pretty grass in my backyard. ... It makes me happy."

Studies show there's another, more fundamental reason he wants that window. It's not just about improving your sunny disposition; scientists say it's essential to let the sunshine in for your overall health.

"Since we spend a lot of our lives in our offices, we thought understanding the impact of light was important," said Ivy Cheung, co-author of a study published this summer in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Cheung is a doctoral candidate working in Dr. Phyllis Zee's laboratory at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

"We already study circadian rhythm in sleep labs and find that ... light is the most important synchronizing agent for the brain and the body."

Cheung and Zee's most recent study found that workers who had a window in their office had a much better sense of health. They examined the lives of 49 people -- 27 who worked in windowless offices and 22 who worked near windows. These were people who worked a typical day shift. Participants were not told about the objectives of the study so they wouldn't be overly aware of windows in their offices.

Exposure to natural light during the workweek tended to inspire people to exercise more. Workers with a window were also better rested: Those with windows got 46 more minutes of sleep a night on average, and the ones without windows had more sleep disturbances.

Without sleep, people tend to suffer from all sorts of other problems that could hurt their performance at work such as memory loss, slower psychomotor reflexes, depression and shorter attention spans.

This lack of sleep could lead to more workplace accidents and errors.

Something as simple as daylight, the study suggests "may provide a profound way to improve office workers' productivity and health, as well as the safety of the community they work and live in."

In another recent study from Cornell University, researchers looked at the performance of nurses who worked long shifts during nonstandard hours. The study was published in the latest issue of the journal Health Environments Research and Design.

Researchers found that nurses who had access to natural light communicated better with their colleagues. They laughed more at work. They were nicer to their patients. And even their own physical health was improved: Those who saw daylight had significantly lower blood pressure. That's all in comparison with nurses who worked mostly in an environment with artificial light.

Letting natural light into a nurses' station also improved nurses' alertness. In a job where they are dealing with life or death matters, that impact can make a huge difference in patient care.

These studies add to a growing body of evidence that suggest exposure to light and dark patterns is one of the most important aspects influencing a person's natural circadian rhythm. These circadian rhythms affect everything from sleep and physical movement to mental well-being.

Other studies have looked at how daylight helps a person's overall psychological health and how students perform better in school if they see some daylight.

Cheung, who did the study involving office workers, said she hopes architects will keep this research in mind when they design new office buildings. But if you aren't lucky enough to have a window in your office, she said, you can make up for it by finding other ways to let the sunshine in.

"Get outdoors during the day," Cheung said. "Take that phone call meeting outside or make sure your lunch break is outside. Even that daylight exposure can help."




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I love this article. And it's so true, even if it's only your own little nook in your own home.

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Parents' lifestyle affects offsprings' health, even before conception - Medical News Today

Parents' lifestyle affects offsprings' health, even before conception - Medical News Today | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Medical News Today Parents' lifestyle affects offsprings' health, even before conception Medical News Today Robertson, recent research has provided substantial evidence that parental history, even when it is not encompassed in genes, can...
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Sources: Notre Dame investigating potential academic fraud that could involve football players

Sources: Notre Dame investigating potential academic fraud that could involve football players | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Sources said four members of the football team were interviewed by school officials Friday: receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore.

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New Study Links Aluminum to Osteoporosis and Alzheimer's Disease

New Study Links Aluminum to Osteoporosis and Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
The aluminum contamination may possibly increase the risk of osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease, two conditions that are a serious threat to the elderly population. Researchers measured aluminum content in five types of ...

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Mental Exercises, Not Meds, Keep Brain Fit

Mental Exercises, Not Meds, Keep Brain Fit | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
A new review says that supplements such as ginko will not help cognitive decline, and physical exercise is not great. Mental exercises, however, may enhance cognitive function.

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"Blue Hydrangeas" by Marianne Sciucco :book review

"Blue Hydrangeas" by Marianne Sciucco :book review | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
“Blue Hydrangeas” is a romance novel. A love story about Jack and Sara, a couple who shared their life for more than 45 years before Sara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and for the last decade sinc...
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One of my all-time favorite books about a couple fighting Alzheimer's together. A devoted husband and loving wife who no longer remembers as she once did.

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Man's rare condition may lead to new Alzheimer's treatments - CBS News

Man's rare condition may lead to new Alzheimer's treatments - CBS News | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
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Man's rare condition may lead to new Alzheimer's treatments
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That medical fact might mean that lowering levels of the protein in the brain "may provide a wholly new venue for intervention in Alzheimer's disease.
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This is interesting information and I hope it leads to new developments in treating those with Alzheimer's / dementia.

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Ask the Diet Doctor: Foods to Prevent Alzheimer's - Shape Magazine

Ask the Diet Doctor: Foods to Prevent Alzheimer's - Shape Magazine | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Ask the Diet Doctor: Foods to Prevent Alzheimer's
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A: Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for up to 80 percent of diagnosed cases.
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The 10 ultimate healthy breakfast recipes

The 10 ultimate healthy breakfast recipes | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
We all know that it’s the most important meal of the day but breakfast can be a challenge for many of us.

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How to take the Car Away when someone has Alzheimers dementia

How to take the Car Away when someone has Alzheimers dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
How to take away the car away when a person has Alzheimer's dementia? One of the most difficult things you will ever do is take away driving privileges when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's o...
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I can't say enough how important it is to monitor your loved one's driving. Everyday we hear of someone with slight dementia who forgets whether it's the gas or brake and careens through a crowd, glass panned store front, or worse.


Don't allow this to happen to your loved one <3


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Talking Medication Reminder Clock

Talking Medication Reminder Clock | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
One of the best things about having full time caregivers for my Mom was not having to worry about her missing her medications – we had living, breathing medication reminders in the form of me or other caregivers.
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You are so right about that. Before my Mom came to live with us, taking her medication was the #1 problem. I came by her house twice a week and thought we could work it out.


With a weekly calendar, I marked each time she should take a pill and which one to take. Her pills were colored and numbered and divided into slots in a 7 day tray.


I was slightly mortified the first week I returned as each pill from every slot had been neatly stacked in a colorful row along the edge of the calendar. Red, blue, pink marched gently around November.  


I held my breath and bit my tongue as I piled the 4 she should have taken that day near a glass of water at her elbow.


Then I sat down with a sigh. She had no idea why I had arranged her medicine so strangely into colored rows around the calendar.

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Why Won't Family Help, and Why Do They Criticize Us? | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Why Won't Family Help, and Why Do They Criticize Us? | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
The worst part of being a caregiver for a person living with dementia is that you seldom get much real help from family and close friends.

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I certainly understand how that is. I had family members who barely visited my Mom. But most were not "No Shows" out of disrespect.


I know for a fact that one loved one was simply devastated because she no longer recognized him. Other felt inept among a multitude of other reasons.


There will be those who dodge and dart to avoid their share of caregiving but many are not that devious and have fair, yet embarrassing reasons for staying away.

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Are Reminder-Notes Enough for the Alzheimer's Patient to Live Alone?

Are Reminder-Notes Enough for the Alzheimer's Patient to Live Alone? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Can reminder-notes slow or prevent memory loss from Alzheimer's or Dementia? If you knew you were going to lose your car keys tomorrow, could you put them in a "special" place tonight and prevent t...
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10 Warning Signs of Memory-Loss that Disrupt Daily Life

10 Warning Signs of Memory-Loss that Disrupt Daily Life | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
To encourage early detection and diagnosis, the Alzheimer's Association Website has listed 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's. This is not the list of 7 Stages of Alzheimer's but rather a list of "war...
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Avoiding Alzheimer's - Neal Barnard MD

Attend this year's EXPO, full info at http://www.HealthyLifestyleExpo.com Neal Barnard MD explains the latest research in Alzheimer's prevention. This is one of over 13 talks from the 2012...
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10 potential benefits of robot caregivers

10 potential benefits of robot caregivers | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
My recent New York Times op-ed on robot caregivers for older adults has elicited curiosity, enthusiasm and controversy.

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How do you feel about Robot Caregivers? I can't even wrap my brain around that. Folks who need caregivers need more than a robotic helping hand to take a shower.


I can't imagine a robot being warm, loving or offering a word of kindness to someone who is already feel alone and adrift in the world.


What do you think?

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What Fish Does to Your Brain

What Fish Does to Your Brain | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
[The Atlantic] Thicker, stronger, more resilient: One serving per week is all it takes, new research says. (What Fish Does to Your Brain {Enlargen hippocampus: memory/learning ctr.

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Grounding Is a Key Mechanism by Which Your Body Maintains Health

Grounding Is a Key Mechanism by Which Your Body Maintains Health | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

"Have you ever noticed how good it feels to walk barefoot on a sandy beach, or in a forest? There is a reason for that—it’s called the grounding effect. The reason for this sense of well-being is due to the fact that you’re receiving a surge of potent healing electrons from the ground."


The earth has a slightly negative charge, so when you stand barefoot on that sand, electrons from the earth flow into your body, giving you a virtual “transfusion” of healing power.

 

The featured documentary, The Grounded 2, is a sequel to the film The Grounded, released in 2013. The sequel features Step Sinatra, the son of cardiologist Stephen Sinatra MD, astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, and yours truly, among many others.

 

Step was a Wall Street trader until his health suddenly began to decline, bringing him to the brink of death. He credits his ultimate recovery to learning about grounding, along with a switch to an all-organic diet.

In 2010, his father, Dr. Stephen Sinatra released a book on the healing power of grounding called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, co-authored with Clint Ober, one of the pioneers in this field.




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Rick Phelps' Private Social Group on Facebook - Memory People™ - Growing Rapidly

Rick Phelps' Private Social Group on Facebook - Memory People™ - Growing Rapidly | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
  A small group of Alzheimer's and Dementia sufferers, along with their caregivers and loved ones, united behind Rick Phelps in a "social group" on Facebook only, what seems like,  a short tim...
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The secret weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's might just be an iPod - Public Radio International

The secret weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's might just be an iPod - Public Radio International | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Stuff.co.nz The secret weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's might just be an iPod Public Radio International These areas of the brain aren't typically affected by Alzheimer's or other memory loss conditions, Sacks says, because they are...
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A fascinating article. And great to learn that these areas of the brain are not usually affected by Alzheimer's. The more we know, the better Caregiver we are. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Bideford councillor honours late wife by completing bucket list - North Devon Gazette

Bideford councillor honours late wife by completing bucket list - North Devon Gazette | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
North Devon Gazette Bideford councillor honours late wife by completing bucket list North Devon Gazette As part of the list, he continued Jenn's work to sign Bideford up to the Purple Angel scheme, which raises awareness of dementia and offers...

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Wonderful that Bideford is joining with Purple Angel!

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Vitamin D May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Vitamin D May Lower Alzheimer's Risk | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's disease is often thought of as a part of aging, but it may not have to be. New research suggests a certain...

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Sometimes we forget how important Vitamin D can be. We know it can be absorbed through our skin through lots of sunshine so we often don't give it much thought.


But Vitamin D is an important vitamin for our bodies since it allows for the proper absorption of calcium, which helps our bone development. It also controls cell growth, assists with nerves and muscles and keeps our immune system functioning properly. It also helps to fight inflammation so we stay healthy. 


Though we do receive lots of our needed Vitamin D from the sunshine each day, it is also in our diet through lots of fish and fatty foods such as cheese, eggs, mushrooms. Plus, Vitamin D is added to many food items that we purchase and eat each day.


Despite all the ways we include Vitamin D in our diet. we may still have levels below a healthy range.


I was hospitalized 2 years ago and besides treating my ailment, the very first thing done was Vitamin D shots because the level in my system was so low. Frankly, I was amazed to be low on Vitamin D because I live in a sunshine state and spend lots of time outdoors.

 

So don't be over-confident about the Vitamin D in your system. Check with your doctor to see if your numbers are low. You might need a Vitamin D supplement for a short while.

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Torbay Council awarded purple angel status

Torbay Council awarded purple angel status | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
TORBAY Council has been designated purple angel status which now means that more staff are dementia aware.

Norman McNamara, a dementia awareness campaigner, who spearheads the campaign, has been...

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Wonderful news and you know, our very own Norman McNamara (on Facebook) is behind this award.

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Jane Moore's curator insight, August 7, 2014 3:30 AM

Well done to Torbay Council!

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A Sad Anniversary, Birthday and other Memories of a Daughter whose Mom had dementia

A Sad Anniversary, Birthday and other Memories of a Daughter whose Mom had dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
As we near my Mom's birthday, she would have been 85 on July 18, we also near the anniversary of her passing only weeks prior to her birthday, my thoughts are more and more about her and those sad ...
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New details on Google's anti-aging startup - Fortune

New details on Google's anti-aging startup - Fortune | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
FORTUNE – Google GOOG 1.41% last month made waves in the biotech world by announcing the formation of Calico, a “new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and ...
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