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Alzheimer's Disease and Down Syndrome: What's the Connection?

Posted by Jeff Durish

Tue, Dec 3, 2013

Fotolia_1478133_XSMuch research has been done about both Alzheimer's disease and Down Syndrome (DS). Although they are very different health issues, medically speaking, there are some striking neurological similarities. Studies of patients with DS could shed some light on the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease.

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Seniors and Exercise - a Vital Combination

Posted by Jeff Durish

Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Active_senior_coupleAs people grow older, staying strong, energetic and healthy can become more complicated. As we age, our body’s metabolism naturally slows, which is why it is difficult for seniors to maintain a healthy weight.

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Topics: Healthy Living

5 Myths About Diabetes

Posted by Jeff Durish

Tue, Nov 19, 2013

caring-for-aging-parentDid you know...?

November 14th was World Diabetes Day.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Bilingualism Delays Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Jeff Durish

Wed, Nov 13, 2013

couple1Studies on Alzheimer's disease and dementia have been on the rise all over the world in the last few years. Everything from music therapy to genetic factors and everything in between, we starting to learn more about what causes dementia, what can be done to reverse the effects, and perhaps most importantly, how to avoid it in the first place.

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The Power of Music

Posted by Jeff Durish

Mon, Nov 4, 2013

grandma5Every one of us has, in our brain, a file folder of songs and melodies that are capable of evoking very distinct memories – of schools, of relationships, of events, of family traditions. Usually they make us feel very happy, but they can also be bittersweet or even quite frightening.

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Ways to Help Your Senior Live Safely at Home

Posted by Jeff Durish

Wed, Oct 30, 2013

service-alzheimer-careIt is a known fact that seniors are more prone to falling and hurting themselves. As we grow older, our sense of balance becomes diminished and the stability of our stature is often weaker. Many falls happen right inside our own homes! The bathroom is the most common place where falls occur. Make your home safer by taking the following steps:

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Proper Sleep Could Slow Progress of Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Jeff Durish

Wed, Oct 23, 2013

Active_senior_coupleResearchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center may have recently discovered a vital function of sleep that could completely change the way we view and treat neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.

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How to Have a Safe Discharge from the Hospital

Posted by Jeff Durish

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

iStock_000004238206XLargeHow do I best prepare for the discharge of my 78 year old mother who has had a lengthy stay in hospital and has been denied going to a rehabilitation facility prior to coming home? My dad (80) will be home with her, but it will be too much for him to be responsible to look after her.

This story, or something similar, is common in many families when an elderly member has been in the hospital and is soon to be discharged. But coming home should be a cause for celebration - not concern and anxiety. Here are some steps to help your loved one get home safely and be taken care of after hospital discharge.

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Topics: Healthcare system

10 Tips to Have a Happy Thanksgiving with Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Jeff Durish

Wed, Oct 9, 2013

thanksgiving-cartoonAs a family member of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the holidays can be especially challenging. It may be painful for relatives to who don't often see Grandpa to understand how his disease has progressed and to cope with his lack of memory of events and even people. However, some planning and preparation can make your holiday family time enjoyable and memorable for everybody.

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Topics: Events

Is it Time for Your Senior to Get Home Care Help?

Posted by Jeff Durish

Mon, Sep 30, 2013

Fotolia_19508065_XSThese days, many elders prefer to live in their own home and do things for themselves. Unfortunately, circumstances change slowly over time so that they are not even aware that they have become unable to take care of themselves as they use to. Family members find themselves spending more time assisting their loved ones with chores and activities such as grocery shopping, doctor visits, house cleaning, and food preparation. The cause may be related to increasing physical impairment due to age or disease. 

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