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Advice for Dealing with a Dementia Diagnosis

Dementia affects 47.5 million people globally, and it is estimated that 7.7 million new cases present themselves each year. If you have been diagnosed with Dementia, know that you are not alone. Many people receive the emotional news every day and are forced to face their disease. Receiving a dementia diagnoses is very difficult and life-altering. The good news is there are healthy ways to deal and live with a dementia diagnosis. Work Through Your Emotions It is normal to feel a gamut of emotions once receiving your diagnosis, and it is important to allow yourself work through each one
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Health and Wellness in Memory Care Centers: Preventing Falls

When people start to reach an advanced age, preventative care becomes even more important. People’s bodies may start to break down both physically and mentally. To avoid the health consequences that can result from this, caregivers everywhere need to prioritize preventative medicine as part of an overall health and wellness strategy. A Senior’s Worst Enemy! One of the most common problems that can impact the elderly population is falls. While these might seem relatively benign for children and young adults, falls represent some of the most costly problems both financially and physically for people of advanced age. There is some
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Care Giving Tips for Loved Ones with Dementia

As people age, certain health problems such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease start to become more common. Another example of an elderly health condition is dementia. Most people have experienced life with an elderly relative struggling with dementia. This can be a challenging illness because it saps the mental strength of fortitude of the patient; however, there are certain tips that everyone should keep in mind when caring for a loved one with dementia. Good Communication Communicating with someone who is struggling with dementia can be a challenge because the patient may not remember that they’ve already told a
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An Overview of Respite Care

Anyone who has taken care of loved ones knows that taking care of an elderly loved one can be a challenge. As people age, their ability to care for themselves diminishes drastically. They often have trouble paying their bills, cooking their meals, and doing their laundry. Some elderly people can even develop dementia, making them mentally and physically incapable of performing their activities of daily living. When someone else has to step in and perform these tasks on top of taking care of themselves, they may become physically and emotionally drained. For people who are having trouble taking care of
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Keeping Your Loved One Healthy during Cold and Flu Season

During the cold and flu season, individuals over the age of 65 face tremendous risks. Due to an already weakened immune system, a common cold or minor case of the flu can produce serious health complications. As with other health issues, prevention is the best defense. In addition to an annual flu vaccination, ensure you know what other measures to take to keep your loved one safe this cold and flu season. Encourage a Healthy Diet When an individual comes in contact with a cold or flu virus their body’s immune system kicks into action. It works by destroying the
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Why Less is More with Seniors and Sugar

Has your mother or father grown a sweet tooth in their retirement years? Has a loved one turned into a cookie monster like many older Americans? If so, you may be concerned about the causes of their sugar cravings as well as the health effects of so much extra glucose. Recent research has shed new light on how sugar affects the heart and brain and has linked both heart disease and Alzheimer’s elevated blood glucose levels. In addition to how we can deal with cravings and make healthy choices, ideally before problems develop. The simplest explanation that sugar cravings increase
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An Overview of Vascular Dementia

While many people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease and the memory problems it can cause, there are multiple other types of dementia that people should be aware of. One such for dementia is called vascular dementia. This is a form of dementia the results when people suffer multiple strokes. Most people understand that as people age, their chance of suffering a stroke increases. If these strokes occurred in multiple areas throughout the brain, this can result in a form of dementia. There are many risk factors that people should be aware of that can cause blood clots. One of these
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Why is an Advance Directive Important?

Many people do not like to think about end-of-life issues because these issues are uncomfortable. This could be due to many reasons. Some people are afraid of death. Others are afraid of the unknown. Whatever the reason is, it is important to think about end-of-life issues and create a plan to help with the decision-making. End-of-life issues govern what happens to our minds and our bodies when we are no longer capable of making decisions for ourselves. One of the most important issues surrounding end-of-life care is an advance directive. And advance directive has a number of legal and financial implications
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An Overview of Frontotemporal Dementia

Many people have relatives who are living with dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. This is a form of dementia that most are familiar with. On the other hand, there are other forms of dementia that you should be aware of, along with the most common symptoms. The second most common form of dementia is called frontotemporal dementia. This is also known as Pick’s disease. Patients who suffer from this form dementia are often very difficult to deal with because the dementia erodes the frontal and temporal lobe of the brain. For the best prognosis, it is vital
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An Overview of Treatment Options for Alzheimer’s Disease

Most people know someone or have lived with someone who has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. For those who do not know, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive form of dementia that impacts someone’s ability to learn, recognize, and remember certain ideas or facts. People will start to notice that patients suffering from Alzheimer’s will have trouble remembering where they put their items, recognizing certain faces, and performing executive tasks. This is a disease that is best treated if caught early. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the treatment options that are available. These
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