Sleep and Dementia, Older Caregiver Depression, Pomodoro Technique

Five helpful article excerpts for caregivers feeling unsettled during this pandemic, yet burdened by additional safety and prevention measures.

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Too Much or Too Little Sleep Raises Dementia Risk

Compared to people getting about seven hours of sleep a night, those who slept ten or more or four or fewer hours increased their risk of cognitive decline, or dementia, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open with 20,000 participants at an average age of 65.

Depression Worsens Over Time in Caregivers of Partners with Dementia

There was a 30% increase in depressive symptoms among more than 16,000 older caregivers of partners or spouses who are diagnosed with dementia within two years versus those without a dementia diagnosis, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Five Benefits of the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique, discovered by Italian entrepreneur, Francesco Cirillo, helps us improve our focus and productivity. The technique includes five steps (with breaks), and five benefits. One benefit is recognizing how our time is valuable, while reducing distracted multitasking.

Baby Boomers Grieve Lifestyle Lost Due to Pandemic

Canceled travel plans, social isolation, and missing family visits due to the COVID pandemic are hurting Baby Boomers. The article offers tips on how to cope and ease depression and loneliness.

The Slow, Troubling Death of the Autopsy

Why you should get an autopsy if it’s the last thing you do

Funding health-related research in the U.S. is based on how many lives end due to a disease or illness. As many as 85% of death certificates, according to some studies, “have an error in the Cause of Death section, and about half have multiple errors.” “’Cardiac arrest’ is particularly infuriating to pathologists; as one” [conveyed to the author that], “We all die of cardiac arrest. Your heart stops. It means nothing.”  This happens because doctors don’t (or can’t) take the time to actually work through the complex causes of death. Interestingly, “in over 10% of cases (some studies have estimated the number to be triple that), pathologists find that doctors missed something that, had it been caught, would have allowed the patient to walk out of the hospital alive.”

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