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Senior Living Residences Launches Innovative Nutrition Program to Promote Cognitive Health and Lower the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Date:9/14/2009

BOSTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans rate Alzheimer's disease as their second most-feared illness, following cancer. Currently, there are five million people living with this disease in the U.S. Recent research suggests that diet may play an important role in the cause and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, indicating that there may be something each of us can do to stave off this devastating illness.

For the past two years, Senior Living Residences (SLR), a leading Boston-based company providing Alzheimer's care to New England seniors, has been implementing a cognitively protective diet and nutrition program at its independent and assisted living communities. Following a research-based model of treatment and care and placing a strong emphasis on innovation, SLR is the first assisted living company in the nation to offer the Memory Preservation Nutrition(R) program in its communities.

The Memory Preservation Nutrition(R) program, developed by and implemented in conjunction with internationally recognized expert Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Ph.D., adjunct research assistant professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine and president of Health Care Insights, LLC, is a unique, evidence-based program incorporating foods and spices specifically selected for their nutrient-rich properties and scientifically linked to improve overall brain health. Integrating information from hundreds of studies, the Memory Preservation Nutrition(R) program seeks to improve brain function, decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease for an individual who has already been diagnosed.

In August, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported findings from a compelling study describing a direct connection between diet and cognitive health. One of the most comprehensive studies on diet and cognition to date, researchers found that individuals who follow a "Mediterranean-type diet" have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. In the study, individuals who adhered to a Mediterranean diet had a 32-40 percent decreased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. In the same study, adherence to the diet combined with physical activity resulted in a 61-67 percent risk reduction for developing the disease.

Robert Larkin, president of Senior Living Residences, said, "This major study reinforces what we have been working on for the last two years in providing our residents with the health benefits of the Memory Preservation Nutrition(R) program. Our program implementation, which is truly ahead of the curve, includes all of the basic elements of the well-known and well-documented Mediterranean diet and goes well beyond it with its cognitive health protective factors."

About Senior Living Residences

Since 1990, Senior Living Residences of Boston, MA has created service-enriched housing and care options for seniors in New England. Fervently adhering to its "Right Values"--Resident Quality of Life, Valued Associates, Integrity and Innovation--SLR is a trusted leader in the communities it serves through innovative programs and services, which exceed industry standards, as well as its high staff retention. Partnering with equally committed organizations, such as the Boston University School of Medicine's Alzheimer's Disease Center, SLR remains at the forefront of research-based care for seniors, especially those living with Alzheimer's disease. For more information, contact SLR at 617-268-9140 or online at www.SeniorLivingResidences.com.


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