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Brain Fitness with Dakim

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Why was the Dakim BrainFitness invented?

A: The Dakim BrainFitness is the product of inventor, founder, and CEO Dan Michel’s experience with his father’s thirteen-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Dan’s participation in cognitively stimulating activities with his father over the course of several years made him recognize the therapeutic and emotional value of mental stimulation. He also saw a pressing need for a more effective means of providing brain fitness exercise to help seniors use rigorous cognitive stimulation, long-term to defend their brain health-to prevent or slow the development of dementia. Dakim’s team has spent the last eight years developing, testing and refining what senior living providers consider to be the most advanced, effective, user-friendly and entertaining way to help virtually all seniors enhance their quality of life.

How does the Dakim BrainFitness improve seniors’ quality of life?

A: Experts have found that brain health is a ‘use it or lose it’ proposition. Dakim BrainFitness engages the brain with challenging exercises across six cognitive domains, and turns rigorous cognitive exercise (based on standardized neurological tests and exercises) into a compelling and entertaining experience. The Dakim BrainFitness makes the entire experience so much fun for seniors, they’ll want to use it again and again! At Dakim, we believe fun and enjoyment enhance everyone’s quality of life!

Who is Dakim BrainFitness for?

A: Virtually all seniors can benefit from the Dakim BrainFitness cognitive fitness system, from those with normal brain function to those with mild cognitive impairment and even moderate dementia. Dakim BrainFitness is designed to enable seniors to use rigorous cognitive stimulation to prevent or slow the development of dementia. As Gary Small, M.D. says, ‘It’s never too early or too late to start a brain fitness program.’

How many cognitive domains does the system exercise?

A: The Dakim BrainFitness exercises six cognitive domains, including memory (short-term and long-term), language, calculation, visuospatial-orientation and critical thinking.

How long does a Dakim BrainFitness session last?

A: A typical session usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes, but this can be adjusted-by home users or by care providers in senior living communities, to suit the specific needs of the community and/or its residents.

Does Dakim provide new exercises?

A: Yes! New content is downloaded and automatically installed, via the Internet regularly, as often as every day or two. Our fresh, entertaining content, which is constantly being created and customized for our users, is the key to making the Dakim BrainFitness fun and beneficial!

SOURCE:  www.dakim.com

Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers
Step 1 – Know the basics. Learn about the risks your particular
community faces; know how to do things like turning off your
gas and electricity; get to know your neighbors.
Step 2 – Have your emergency supplies ready. This includes
items you would need to survive in your home until help
arrives; it should also include a personal evacuation bag,
partially packed and ready to go.
Step 3 – Make a personal plan. Many older persons have
special needs relating to medications, medical equipment,
mobility, and support services; making a personal emergency
readiness plan increases the likelihood that essential needs
will still be met, even in an emergency situation.

Checklist suggests you test your readiness by asking – and being able to
answer – these questions:
❏ If there were an evacuation order, what is the recommended route from
where you live? If you don’t drive, what are your transportation options?
Where is the nearest emergency shelter?
❏ Where are the shut-off valves for your household utilities (gas,
electricity, water)? Do you know how to use them? If they take a special
tool, is it kept right there, ready to use?
❏ In an emergency, local phone service may be down for an extended
period. Have you designated someone out-of-area as your emergency
contact? Do your loved ones know who your emergency contact will be?
❏ Neighbors helping neighbors can be critical in an emergency. Do you
know your neighbors? Do they know you and any special needs you may
have?

Source: aoa.gov

Click here to read the PDF on Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers