Approximately 70% of Americans age 65 or older will require long-term care. At Singerly Manors assisted living facilities, we specialize in providing the support and eldercare many people need, in the comfort of independent senior housing. Many of our residents are perfectly able and capable of performing all, most, or some of their day-to-day functions on their own while others require a bit more attention and service.
One of the groups that falls into the latter category of our senior housing residents is the population suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Obviously, it can be almost impossible for these folks to successfully live a healthy and happy life without the assistance and care of other people.
Approximately 89% of people living in assisted living homes rate their overall satisfaction as good or excellent. Singerly Manors offers a variety of education and services for our senior housing residents suffering from Alzheimer’s, but we may need to start including a special pancake day if the results of a recent study turn out to be true.
According to Fox News, researchers seem to have found a positive link between maple syrup consumption and combating this devastating disease. Specifically, researchers found that the clumping and “misfolding” of brain cell proteins, which build up and cause plaques that trigger Alzheimer’s, might be preventable due to something in the syrup’s chemical makeup.
“Natural food products such as green tea, red wine, berries, curcumin and pomegranates continue to be studied for their potential benefits in combating Alzheimer’s disease,” said symposium director Dr. Navindra Seeram. “And now, in preliminary laboratory-based Alzheimer’s disease studies, phenolic-enriched extracts of maple syrup from Canada showed neuroprotective effects, similar to resveratrol, a compound found in red wine.”
Another similar study presented at the annual gathering of the American Chemical Society found that pure maple syrup extract may help avoid entanglement of proteins. It could even have protective benefits in the brain cells of mice.
Experts plan to continue more in-depth studies of the natural treatment method, but for now, we might encourage the residents we have who suffer from the disease to pile the sticky substance high on their next breakfast trip.
“We already know that maple has more than 100 bioactive compounds, some of which have anti-inflammatory properties,” said Serge Beaulieu, the President of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.