Combating Isolation

We know that proper sleep and a healthy diet fight against the common causes of death, cognitive decline and heart disease; however, many neglect another root cause of illness: loneliness.

With the ‘over 65’ population group increasing, and the number of elders without children on the rise, society is faced with an isolation problem.

An archived A Place For Mom article is more relevant today than it was when first published in October 2014. The write-up lists 20 facts that link senior risk factors to loneliness. Facebook and the connectivity that technology allows are not always the answer.

In the past, we’ve blogged about the importance of making connections and helping forge synapses in the brain. Sadly, the article points to a Statistics Canda report that indicates more than 20% of seniors live alone, without a strong base of friends, and attend fewer than one activity per month.

What Brooking Park Offers

Caregivers and families of elderly loved ones must find programs or a community that engages and stimulates their residents (mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally).

 More than 40 Hours Per Week

On any given week, for 40+ hours a week, our uniquely caring staff provides group activities including religious services,  entertainment from outside the community, art activities, happy hour, pet therapy, exercise groups, cooking demonstrations, card games/board games, Bible study, and more.

For community involvement, questions regarding our upcoming activities, or to schedule a to tour, please contact Katie Easton and the Brooking Park team at (314) 576-5545

 

Celebrating Lucy Hamm: 109 Year-Old Brooking Park Resident

This January 30, as tradition, notable St. Louisans raised a glass of Schlafly beer to Lucy.

Sometimes referred to as “The Sheriff” from her residency at Tower Grove Manor, the current Brooking Park matriarch has been in the St. Andrew’s network for many years.

Is Lucy Hamm The Oldest Resident In St. Louis?

We really love Durrie Bouscaren’s writeup today from St. Louis Public Radio, “Curious Louis: Who is the oldest person in St. Louis?” (here)
Listen to the audio below!:

Lucy Hamm Birthday at Brooking Park

Fighting Alzheimer’s With New Drug Compound

Background

  • The tau protein allows the nervous system to operate normally.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is rooted in degeneration of neurons to the brain.
  • For some, toxic ‘tangles’ accumulate in the tau protein, and the brain loses synapses. This causes memory disorders to occur.

Via Washington University School Of Medicine

An encouraging article published by Tamara Bhandari details a synthetic molecule tested on mice and monkeys that fights against toxic tau proteins.

The findings suggest that the molecule – known as an antisense oligonucleotide – potentially could treat neurodegenerative diseases characterized by abnormal tau, including Alzheimer’s.

“We’ve shown that this molecule lowers levels of the tau protein, preventing and, in some cases, reversing the neurological damage,” said Timothy Miller, MD, PhD, the David Clayson Professor of Neurology and the study’s senior author. “This compound is the first that has been shown to reverse tau-related damage to the brain that also has the potential to be used as a therapeutic in people.”

Via St. Louis Business Journal

We first learned of this story through Diana Barr’s article in the St. Louis Business Journal’s Health Care section. Brooking Park anxiously awaits more details. Barr concludes,  “Human trials of oligonucleotides are underway for several other neurological diseases.”

Thank You, Washington University

On behalf of all the loved ones suffering from a devasting neurological disease worldwide, in the St. Andrew’s Network, or here at home at Brooking Park, we send our full support and gratitude for your research.

Brooking Park has been linked to Wash U in the past. Recently, the newly-developed Come Sing With Us program sang for the Brooking Park Memory Care unit. We’ve also been involved directly with School Of Medicine research through their KARE program.