4 11, 2016

Supporting Caregivers During November Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

When it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Caregivers know that Education and Support is priceless. 


Today, Passport for Wellness is a sponsor and attendee of the 23rd Annual Caregiver Educational Conference, Aging Well: Lessons from the Blue Zones, to support our mission, and the mission of our community, of empowering and educating caregivers of loved ones with conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Led by our friends at the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center located in Orlando, FL, the trusted community event educates, motivates, and inspires caregivers from across the state of Florida.

Get the Facts: More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. Active Aging, excellent healthcare, caregiver tools, and awareness can help us eradicate Alzheimer’s disease forever. That is why the entire team at Passport for Wellness is so committed to “Going Purple” for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, as well as these local, national, and international endeavors.


28 10, 2016

Three Ways to Go Purple for November Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

It’s nearly time for us to “Go Purple with a Purpose” for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month! Are you ready? The Passport for Wellness team sure is!


President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time of the proclamation, fewer than 2 million Americans suffered from Alzheimer’s. As we’re writing to you today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. It’s time that we change that.

November is also dedicated to caregivers of those afflicted by Alzheimer’s Disease, and the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org) wants you to know that you’re not alone. Whether you or a friend need information about the early stages of Alzheimer’s, or how to face the challenge of middle to late-stage caregiving, resources like the Alzheimer’s Association are devoted to helping you.

Caregivers in the US may find this local resource list helpful. Click here to access.


Credit: ALZ.org

No matter whether you are a professional caregiver, loved one, friend, or advocate, you can do your part to Go Purple for November Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Here are 3 ways to do so:

1. Find Your Local Alzheimer’s Walk and Raise Awareness

You can find a local Alzheimer’s Walk near you by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association Find a Walk link here. This is one of the best ways to get involved in Alzheimer’s Awareness and Prevention in your local community and raise money for the cause in the process. Remember, the end of Alzheimer’s truly starts with you!

2. Get Support with the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline

Have questions? Aren’t sure where to turn? The ALZ.org 24/7 helpline was designed to assist caregivers and loved ones across America. Tell your friends, and call toll free anytime day or night at 1-800-272-3900 for help and support, or visit this link for more information.

3. Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

You can do your part to help a friend or loved one if you suspect the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Click here to learn about the 10 signs, which include memory loss that disrupts daily life, changes in mood or personality, or new problems with words in speaking or writing. You can also use this resource to determine what’s considered typical aging, and what indicates further investigation by a health professional.

Please also stay tuned for coverage of our participation in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center’s November 4 Event, Aging Well: Lessons from the Blue Zones

21 10, 2016

The Importance of Staying Mentally and Physically Fit

Active Aging is all about being physically active – but don’t forget the mental component! Staying mentally sharp is a critical aspect of healthy aging, too.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and affects millions of people every day.

The disease is trying for seniors, their families, and their communities, but there’s good news. You can slow and even prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s with simple, regular active aging sessions.

Exercise and Alzheimer’s Prevention

The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation stresses the value of exercise for senior citizens. In fact, they state that regular physical exercise can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by up to 50%! It also greatly reduces memory loss and cognitive decline.

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Brain Aerobics

What can be better than physical exercise? Mental exercise! The ARPF also reports that mental exercise can reduce your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 70%. Engaging in regular “brain aerobics” is vital for staying mentally sharp.

“Brain Aerobics” are defined by these three characteristics:

  • It engages your attention.
  • It involves more than one of your senses.
  • It breaks a routine activity in an unexpected, nontrivial way.

A healthy social life, healthy diet, and getting enough sleep also play a part in keeping seniors mentally healthy and fit.

Passport For Wellness for Physical and Mental Fitness

Our exercise videos are made with an understanding of how instrumental physical and mental activity is to the Active Aging Community.

Our fitness streaming program involves multiple senses, breaks up the routine in your Assisted Living Facility, and engages the attention of participants. That’s why we stimulate seniors on a physical, social, and mental level with each episode!

Historical facts, trivia, and recall questions are integrated seamlessly into the Passport For Wellness program. Stretching, flexibility, and 20 continuous minutes of aerobic exercise aid in keeping seniors physical fit.

Try the #1 fitness video streaming program for seniors!

Your loved one or assisted facility residents are sure to love and benefit from our one-of-a-kind program.  Try our program for one month free today.