The Science Behind Always Best Care Service

The Science Behind Always Best Care Service

What does science say about the value of Always Best Care services?

We look at research by The Lancet and the journal of Public Health Nursing to show how ABC SW Houston (Katy) has been helping seniors age with greater comfort, independence, and quality of life.

Supporting Seniors’ Mental Health

Depression affects approximately one in ten adults in the United States, and rates are even higher amount seniors living at home, where the risks of social isolation only increase with age.

Dementia is another leading threat to senior mental health, with late-life cognitive impairment now recognized as a World Health Organization (WHO) priority (Ngandu et al., 2015).

But Always Best Care can help–if our results and reputation aren’t enough, here’s what science says:

In a relatively new study, researchers observed whether a 2-year “multidomain intervention” affected the speed of senior cognitive decline (Ngandu et al., 2015). The “multidomain intervention” involved healthy eating, exercise, and cognitive training.

Their double-blind, randomised controlled trial included 2654 individuals 60-77 years with dementia risk and early signs of cognitive decline.

Over 2 years of healthy lifestyle changes, those allocated to the “experimental group” (i.e. those implementing the multidomain intervention) showed consistently cognition scores, as measured through comprehensive neuropsychological test batteries that were administered at regular intervals for the duration of the study.

In other words, implementing healthy diets, light exercise, and simple cognitive training supports seniors’ mental health, and can even slow the rate of cognitive decline for those living with dementia.

Always Best Care services help your loved one fight depression and dementia. In addition to providing constant company, conversation, and comfort to ward off the risks of social isolation and depression, Always Best Care services mirror the “multidomain interventions” described in the study by Ngandu et al. (2015).

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles to Prevent Disease and Frailty

We all know the value of healthy eating and exercise by now, right?

In addition to the mental health benefits highlighted above, we know that these simple and enjoyable health-promoting behaviors can protect against frailty, disease, and chronic pain.

In fact, the journal of Public Health Nursing just recently published a fantastic article about the frailty-postponing impacts of healthy diet and exercise (Behm et al., 2016). In this study, researchers determined whether regular preventive home visits or multiprofessional senior group meetings could postpone deterioration in frailty if the intervention is carried out when the person is not so frail. Results showed that those who received preventive home visits postponed the progression of frailty, measured as tiredness in daily activities, for up to 1 year.

Always Best Care can bring you all these results and more. Whereas some study participants only received occasional healthy lifestyles tips at senior group meetings, Always Best Care SW Houston offers hands-on support services as often as they’re needed. That means our team can shop for healthy groceries, prepare fresh meals, accompany your loved one on light walks or to social events, and much more. In this way, your loved one gets all the benefits of a healthy lifestyle easier and without any of the risk of solo exercise.

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Behm, L., Eklund, K., Wilhelmson, K., Zidén, L., Gustafsson, S., Falk, K., &Dahlin‐Ivanoff, S. (2016). Health promotion can postpone frailty: Results from the RCT elderly persons in the risk zone. Public Health Nursing, 33(4), 303-315.

Ngandu, T., Lehtisalo, J., Solomon, A., Levälahti, E., Ahtiluoto, S., Antikainen, R., &Lindström, J. (2015). A 2 year multidomain intervention of diet, exercise, cognitive training, and vascular risk monitoring versus control to prevent cognitive decline in at-risk elderly people (FINGER): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 385(9984), 2255-2263.

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