Posts Tagged ‘dementia’

Dementia and Delirium: 5 Key Differences

You visit Dad in the hospital, and he asks you why he’s in a flower garden. You’re trying to talk to Mom, but she can’t follow the flow of conversation. If your parent is over sixty-five, you may wonder if you’re seeing the onset of Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. However, that’s unlikely.…

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Top 10 Medical Problems in Seniors

As we age, staying healthy becomes more difficult. According to the National Committee on Aging, 80% of seniors have at least one chronic medical condition; 68% have more than one. What issues are we likely to have? Here are the top 10 chronic medical problems in seniors, as determined by Medicare records: 1. High Blood…

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Dementia: Can There Be a Silver Lining?

How would you expect someone to feel after a diagnosis of dementia? Depressed? Resentful? Disbelieving? How about: Appreciative of life? Encouraged to face the challenges to come? Freed from concerns about failure? A study of patients with early stages of dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) found that positive reactions to the diagnosis were nearly…

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Can Eating Fish Regularly Prevent Parkinson’s, Dementia

Eat fish regularly and prevent Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Have you ever heard of this? Is this true, is it possible? The answer is yes. Recent research, has found a chemical in fish that may prevent Parkinson’s disease.       Fish: Brain Food Extensive research investigated whether eating more fish can help reduce the risk…

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Silver Alert Bill For Alzheimer’s Heads To Alabama Senate

A Silver Alert Bill passed in the Alabama house and now goes to the Alabama senate. The bill give helps find missing persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s.     Today, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and the numbers are increasing, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.   Silver Alerts: What Are They? Silver…

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Drug Discount Program To Get Senate Oversight Hearing

The drug discount 340 program is getting a hearing from the Senate health committee in an effort to fix and reform it.  Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will hold hearings in early spring. No date has yet been specified.  early spring, but did not specify a date. The 340B Drug Discount Program is a federal government program created in…

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Huntington’s Disease: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal hereditary and progressive brain disorder. Although symptoms may first show up in midlife, Huntington’s can strike anyone from childhood to advanced age. Over 10 to 25 years, the disease gradually kills nerve cells in the brain. This affects the body, mind, and emotions. Symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. And stress or…

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Alzheimer’s Patients Using Advance Directives To Refuse Hand Feeding

Alzheimer’s patients who did not want to be kept alive with feeding tubes or other artificial means have for years had a way out. They signed a document to halt such interventions, using advance written directives. While still lucid, they wrote down these crucial end-of-life decisions before the disease robbed them of their mental capacity. But…

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Dementia: Is It Declining In Our Senior Citizens?

Dementia and Alzheimer’s rates have dropped significantly in the past 10 years, a new study shows.   The number of dementia cases dropped from 73 among those born before 1920, to just 3 among those born after 1929. The reasons for this decline are uncertain, but perhaps connected to concurrent lower diabetes rates. When participants entered…

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