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Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region Weighs In On New Brain Cell Growth in Adults

— Toronto, Canada, December 30, 2015 – Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region (, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on studies regarding new brain cell growth in adults.

Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret has begun to prove the development of new nerve cells in the adult brain. The process of creating these new brain cells is called neurogenesis and is significant to seniors because the location of the growth impacts both mood and memory. (Source: “Growing New Brain Cells as We Age,” Home Case Assistance, December 14, 2015;

“The hippocampal region of the brain is specifically where this nerve growth is taking place,” says Brian Shevel, president of Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region. “Learning, emotion, and spatial navigation are all controlled by the hippocampus, which also compresses short-term memories into long-term ones, so it is an important region of the brain.”

Approximately 700 new cells are said to develop in the hippocampal region daily, but the question Thuret was looking to answer was whether it was possible to control this number. Through her research, Thuret hoped to discover whether genetics and daily activity could affect how many nerve cells are created in the hippocampal region.

“Knowing if daily habits can improve the growth activity of these specific nerve cells will be vital to seniors in so many ways,” Shevel continues. “We are already aware that two thirds of healthy longevity is lifestyle based. If it is possible to control neurogenesis in the same manner, then we can better manage mood, memory, and other functions the hippocampal region is responsible for.”

On the positive side, Thuret was able to show a correlation between lifestyle choices and nerve growth in the hippocampus. Specifically, diet—including the frequency and types of food consumed—was found to promote neurogenesis. The level of alcohol consumption is also a factor, along with sleeping habits.

“Thuret’s research can hopefully be applied to find ways of slowing down —even preventing—the cognitive deterioration experienced through ageing. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia could see a notable decline,” Shevel concludes.

Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for older adults across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Their expert staff of caregivers provides older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. More information about Home Care Assistance can be found on its web site at

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Brian Shevel

I was born in South Africa in a city called Bloemfontein. Went to Christian Brothers College (CBC) finished High school there. I went into business with my father we had a wholesale selling cloths and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. Was a past president of Bnai Brith and served on many other committees. In Canada worked in the computer software industry selling construction software. I was always involved helping the elderly as my mother was very involved and I went along with her. Also looked after my father as he aged. Helped as a volunteer with seniors. Add me to your G+