Monthly Archives: June 2017

Interesting Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that changes the way a person thinks, reasons, and solves problems. It is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the world, and over 5 million Americans su?er from it. Here are some Alzheimer’s facts that may surprise you.

Capture One Catalog0724Alzheimer’s is linked to loss of smell
A person with Alzheimer’s may lose their sense of smell, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is important to note, however, that loss of smell could be a result of several other things, including Parkinson’s Disease or a common sinus infection. If you or a loved one experience a loss of smell, see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.

Alzheimer’s is often accompanied by another condition
U.S. News and World Report says that most people with Alzheimer’s are also diagnosed with another serious medical condition. In fact, almost 60 percent of Alzheimer’s patents have high blood pressure, 36 percent have coronary heart disease, and 23 percent have diabetes.

Alzheimer’s risk can be lowered by learning
According to the National Institute on Aging, the more you nourish your brain by feeding it new information, the lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Keeping your brain active as you age by taking classes, learning a new language, or taking up new hobbies are all good things to pursue.

Alzheimer’s changes the structure of the brain
Alzheimer’s can cause ventricles in the brain to enlarge and can shrink other parts of the brain like the cerebral cortex. These changes can lead to difficulty in detecting movement, directing gaze toward an object, and changes in how the pupils react to light. There are ant-dementia drugs that can help with these problems, so if you or a loved one are experiencing them, see a doctor as soon
as possible.

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3 Tips for Beating the Heat This Summer

Summertime is here! Green grass, family vacations,camping, and the warmth of the sun are just some of the things that make this among the most fun and relaxing times of year. Because we do so many things outdoors in the summer, it is vital to be certain that we are prepared for the heat. Let’s look at three things we can do to stay cool and safe this season.

_K0C8251Stay Hydrated
As we age, it can become more difficult for our bodies to produce sweat or to adjust to sudden changes in temperature, like going outside on a hot day after being inside of an air-conditioned room. This can increase risks for heat exhaustion and heat stroke, especially in those who are not taking in enough water. A common mistake people make is thinking that drinking juice or soda pop is contributing to them staying hydrated. Many of these drinks contain ca?eine and sugar, which can actually contribute to dehydration. If you know you will be spending time outdoors, it is best to drink water before you leave, and to bring water with you so that you can drink along the way.

Made in the Shade
Even though you may not be able to stay in the shade all the time, remember to seek it whenever you can. It is much cooler under a canopy or a tree than directly exposed to the hot sun. It will help you to conserve energy and avoid sunburn that can come from prolonged exposure. It is also a good idea to remember to cover windows in your home on hot day. Aside from helping you stay cool, it will also save you money in energy costs.

Educate Yourself
Be on the lookout for signs of overheating, and if you are experiencing them see a doctor immediately. These symptoms include:

1. No sweat on a hot day
2. Nausea or vomitng
3. Headaches
4. Difficulty breathing

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Helping Loved Ones Improve Their Health

Staying physically healthy is one of the keys to successful aging. Proper diet and exercise will go a long way toward ensuring that your loved ones avoid diseases like diabetes and heart disease that can commonly a?ect people as they enter their senior years. Are you concerned about the health of a loved one? Here are some tips you can use to help get them on the path to making healthy decisions that will benefit them for years to come.

_K0C7535Help Alleviate Fears About Staying Active
Your loves ones don’t need to run a marathon each week or join a city league basketball team to be healthy.
They also don’t need to adopt a radical new diet. Simple physical exercise like going for a short walk around the block each day or parking a little farther away from the door when they head to the store is fine. Replacing one junk food item with something healthier is a great way to positively impact their diet. Remember to encourage your loved ones and remind them that small changes like these will make a big di?erence in their overall health.

Encourage good sleep habits
If your loved one does not sleep well at night and takes long naps during the day, they may need to change their
evening routine. If they are up watching television or on their computer until right before bed, maybe they would benefit from doing something else before bedtime. A hot shower and a couple chapters of a good book can help the body to relax and make falling asleep – and staying asleep – easier.

Give praise
It isn’t always easy for our loved ones to make changes to their routine. Our job is to encourage them without pressuring them, and to praise them when they successfully make a positive change. Sometimes they just want to know that we notice and approve!

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