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Keeping our mind sharp, with games!

Just like we need to exercise to keep our muscles strong, our brain needs exercise to stay in shape. Thankfully you don’t have to go to your local gym for these workouts. Along with a healthy diet, “brain games” are a great way to keep you brain strong and ward off some of the risks that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Brain exercises or “brain games” can be broken down into 4 categories.

The first category being, memory & recall. Playing card games such as solitare, bridge, and even blackjack, can help with stimulate memory. Chess is another great game that helps boost short-term memory. Chess requires the player to constantly devise new strategies, this helps stimulate the players short term memory. Even a simple crossword puzzle or word jumbles are a great way to boost your ability to memorize and recall.

The second category is, attention & focus. Reading is a great way to relax at the end of the day, but it also helps your brain stay attentive and focused. If reading isn’t your thing you can also play memory games. These type of games force the brain to pay close attention to details. Not only do memory games help with attention span, but also with memory because these two are strognly linked.

The third categoty is cognition and problem solving. Playing games that involve numbers help the brain with problem solving.

Finally, the fourth category is, speed & reaction time. Surprisingly a great way to improve brain speed and reaction time is by playing video games. These games require the brain to be alert and ready for what may come next.

Keeping a sharp mind is a great step in preventing Alzheimers. You can use these fun games to exercise your mind or you can come up with your own, just like your muscles our brain stays strong the more we work it out.

For more information on this subject take a look at this article by Michael A. Smith, MD


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The Importance of Sunblock

Happy July 4th! With summer now in full swing, it is important to remember our sunscreen.The FDA and other sources suggest that people use sun block with at least 15 SPF. Usually the UVB and UVA symbol is clearly marked on the bottle. UVB and UVA are types of rays the sun gives off that can be very strong. If you see these labels on your bottle, you are being safe about the sun. So head out and enjoy the weather, just don’t forget about the sun block! For more information go to,

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May Gift Baskets – Burlington Public Library

Burlington Public Library is hosting their annual May Baskets Raffle 2013. Private Home Care donated a beautiful Home Health Basics basket. The basket has a $50 home health gift certificate, organic body lotions, grooming tools, informational brochure on brain health, and chocolate. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5. Winners will be drawn May 30th at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Burlington Library and to view all the gift baskets online go to:

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Learn Nutritional Benefits to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Come listen to Mary Demakes, RN speak about foods that feed your brain and why nutrition makes a difference.  Mary has been a recipient of the Mayo Clinic Certificate for medical research and education.  She has also participated as an American Heart Association instructor on Cardiovascular Health and the Harvard School of Public Health in Nurse’s study I and II (20 years).  Mary is the past Co-chair of the North Shore Alzheimer’s Partnership.


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Mary Demakes with Dr. Paul Raia on WBZ 1030 AM

Mary with Dr. Paul Raia, will speak on WBZ 1030 am from 10p – 12a on 11.26.12.  They’ll address Alzheimer’s, treatments, etc.   WBZ 1030 am –

Dr. Paul Raia, has been directing patient care and family support at the Alzheimer’s Association for the past 22 years and now serves as vice president of clinical programs at the MA/NH Chapter.

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Partnerships with Lifeline & Partners Private Care

AAAAA Private Home Care is proud to announce two new partnerships with Lifeline and Partners Private Care.

These partnerships will bring additional benefits to our customers.

  • Lifeline – free installation (courtesy of Stephen Hersey)
  • Partners Private Care – backup support (courtesy of  Arthur St. German, VP.)

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Press Release

Health and Wellness

Enjoy an interactive, informative, and inspirational evening with leading experts learning the latest advances on topics that will change your life.

Private Home Care and Penguin Hall, a Wise Living Community, are honored to co-host a “Health and Wellness at Any Age” event  at Penguin Hall located at 36 Essex Street, Wenham, MA on September 27th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Doors will open at 3:30 and the event will begin promptly at 4 p.m.

This event hosted in the beautiful Penguin Hall Estate is free and open to the public; however, space is limited, so RSVP to  781-639-8696 early.  You will be eligible to qualify for a $100 prize.


Mary Demakes, RN, Private Home Care presenting on “Your Wealth is Your Health, and Health is Your Wealth.”


Marc Freedman of Freedman Financial and Host of Dollars and Sense on 96.9 Bostontalks WTKK, presenting on “5 Critical Money Issues Retirees Need to Address Today.”


Dr. Darlene Ertha of Eight Rivers Integrative Medicine presenting on “Pain Management without Medication.”


Linda Goddard of Mindful Medicine presenting on “Talk Therapy and Body Work to Increase Body Awareness.”


Sallie Felton of Sallie Felton Life Coach and an International Talk Show host presenting on, “Start Where You Stand,” What do you want in this next stage of life and how are you going to get there?


Dr. Jonathan Inz from Beverly Hospital presenting on “Stress Management during these Stressful Times.”


Heather Carroll, LSWA, NCDP, NCDM with Alzheimer’s Association addresses “Signs and Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease.”


Christine Lucas of Complete Mind and Body is a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor who will share life-skills on “6-Steps to Creating a Life You Love,”

Private Home Care is Nurse Owned and Operated with over 30 years of experience.  We believe that the quality of care, determines the quality of life. Our specialized services for seniors include Alzheimer’s Care, Live-in 24 hr. Care, Bathing and Dressing, Meal Preparation, Manage Medications, Walking Companion, Event Companion, Respite Care, Hospital Assistance, Nursing Home Assistance, and Transportation Assistance among other services.  Our philosophy is “Compassion is at the Heart of Our Care.”  We are located in Marblehead, MA with new offices opening up in Wenham and Burlington, MA.  For more information contact Mary Demakes, RN Owner and Bonnie Akerson, Marketing and Business Development at  781-639-8696 or

Penguin Hall, a Wise Living Community, is a splendid 1929 mansion surrounded by 50 parkland acres offering independent seniors the opportunity to experience Great Estate Living.  The project will create 192 homes connected to Penguin Hall’s elegant common rooms plus three architecturally distinguished 1930s-style mansions, each harboring 12-to-16 private units. Every home comes with chef’s kitchens and a sunroom ringed with windows. Both the connected and mansion-style homes are elevator-served, as is the heated, below-home parking. Ownership is hassle-free because all interior and exterior maintenance is included.  Concierge Assistants are on site 24 hours of every day.

Extensive amenities are part of the Great Estate life, including a restaurant with menus created by a top Nantucket chef, a complete Wellness Center, lap and plunge pools, gardens with a four-season greenhouse and access to Gordon College’s academic curriculum. Penguin Hall’s condominium homes will range from 800 to over 2000 square feet with prices from $450,000 to over $1 million.  Jim Mullen and Chris Wise regularly give personal presentations.

Please call  978-468-2645 to register. ( and

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Mary Demakes Answers Your Questions Live on Sunday 9/16

Are you ready to talk about elder issues?

10,000 Americans turn 65 years old every day.  This means that the proverbial “pig in the python” will be aging at a rate faster than we’ve ever imagined.  Are you prepared to address “elder care” issues for yourself or for your parents?

Whether it’s finding in-home care for an aging parent,  identifying companion services, or having a conversation about “the next phase” in someone’s life, elder issues are likley require signficant attention in the years to come.  The question is, what can you do? Where do you begin? Are there options besides a nursing home?

That will be the subject of this weeks episode of Dollars & Sense on Sunday from 4 – 5PM on News/Talk 96.9.  We will have special guest, Mary Demakes of AAAAA Private Home Care of Marblehead to answer your questions on this most important topic. Listen in or call us on the show.  Planning Pointers readers will go to the top of the caller list.

To learn more goto Freedman Financial

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