News & Events

Welcome to the JCA News and Events page. Here you will find all news updates as well as post from the general blog and the KC (Kensington Clubs) Blog. Use the search function on the right side of the page to find news and posts about any particular category or key term that interests you.

Social Contact May Help Prevent Dementia

KC Blog / By JCA / August 1, 2023

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from A new study “Impact of social isolation on grey matter structure and cognitive functions: A population-based longitudinal neuroimaging study” by Laurenz Lammer et al. eLife, indicates a lack of quality social interaction can lead to a decrease in the hippocampus’s volume, crucial for memory formation and retrieval, and poorer cognitive performance. However, maintaining …

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‘Hospital-at-home’ Trend Leans Heavily on Family Caregivers

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / August 1, 2023

woman with crutches gets out of bed

by Kat McGowan for GBH News Hospital-at-home programs are for people sick enough to need the attention a hospital provides, but stable enough to be cared for at home. Research on outcomes is not conclusive, yet, but shows promise that it can provide good care and save health care dollars. But a big question looms: …

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What You Should Know as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

KC Blog / By JCA / July 25, 2023

Marty and Elaine

by Paul Wynn for Next Avenue After 45 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Elaine, he was utterly unprepared for the most challenging role of his life – being a primary caregiver. “I learned first-hand what it takes to be a loyal and selfless caregiver.” After two years of steady decline in remembering …

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Hearing Aids May Cut Risk of Cognitive Decline by Nearly Half

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / July 20, 2023

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by Lindsey Bever for the Washington Post Older adults at greater risk for dementia may be able to protect themselves against cognitive decline by using hearing aids, new research shows. A study published Monday in the Lancet found that the use of hearing aids can reduce the risk of cognitive decline by about half — 48 percent — for …

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When is it Time for Assisted Living?

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / July 19, 2023

older woman looking pensively out a window

from As our loved ones age, we must look for signs that show they’re no longer able to live independently. It’s impressive that many elders maintain lives at home; they continue to drive, manage their own finances and even appear as mentally sharp as ever. However, we must learn to identify the potential warning …

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Safety and Planning is a Snap! with Sally Pessin

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / July 12, 2023

Power of Attorney document

A Power of Attorney is a Must! by Sally Pessin, Licensed Retirement Planning Counselor and Estate Planning Attorney An estate attorney friend of mine recently shared a problem she was having.  My friend’s client was a 70-year-old woman whose husband needed to go into a memory care facility.  The client needed to access her husband’s …

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Alzheimer’s Drug Gets FDA Approval

KC Blog / By JCA / July 7, 2023

FDA facebook post announcing approval of drug

From CNN, by Meg Tirrell, Nadia Kounang and Tami Luhby (CNN )— The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday [July 6, 2023] granted traditional full approval to the Alzheimer’s drug Leqembi, the first medicine proven to slow the course of the memory-robbing disease. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday that it …

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Respite Care from The Arc of Montgomery

KC Blog / By JCA / July 6, 2023

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Webinar: SmithLife Homecare is hosting a free online seminar on respite care to help you take a break from caregiving with The Arc Montgomery County July 19, 2023, 11:00 am. If assistance is essential and you are over sixty, respite coordination from SmithLife Homecare and The ARC Montgomery County can provide free support for a …

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Montgomery County Parks 55+ Summer Events

KC Blog / By JCA / June 30, 2023

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This summer, Montgomery County Parks is offering a variety of events for county residents aged 55 and better. Get outside and get moving! Some events are free and others have a fee. Registration is required for all. >>See the list of summer events

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Senior Planet Classes Continue Online in the Summer

Blog, KC club / By JCA / June 30, 2023

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If you’re a senior aged 60 and older, these live online classes are designed just for you! Learn about Finance, Wellness, Fitness, Computers and Technology, and so much more. You’ll learn so much, and also find a real community of fellow life-long learners. Need help joining a class? Call the free Senior Planet Hotline: 888-713-3495 >> See …

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