Thursday, April 19, 2018
What is Alzheimer's Disease?
What is it?
Alzheimer's is a progressive disease of memory loss and thinking difficulties. It involves protein fragments called plaques and tangles , which are suspected of disrupting communication among nerve cells in the brain.
Who is most at risk?
People over age 65,those with a family history of the disease, and those with certain genetic mutations in a gene called APOE. Mild cognitive impairment, severe head trauma, and lack of social and intellectual engagement appear to raise risk, too. there's also evidence that the odds of getting the disease with unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or as being sedentary.
How to prevent it:
" A healthy heart life-style is a brain-healthy lifestyle, " potentially reducing Alzhiemer 's disease symptoms by as much as 40%, says Pierre Tariot, director of the Banner Alzheimer's disease Institute in Phoenix and a professor at The University of Arizona Medical School. The goal is to lower inflammation to keep blood vessels and the brain cells healthy, since "the cardiovascular system provides the pipes that provide blood to our brain," says Tariot.
Follow the Mind Diet:
This diet focuses on the 10 brain-healthy foods including beans, berries, fish, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains. The diet-developed by Martha Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University's medical school, along with several colleagues-emphasizes the importance of eating these foods while severely limiting consumption of butter, cheese, and fried and fast foods. One study showed that this diet can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's by 53% if followed rigorously.
Exercise regularly and maintain normal blood pressure.
Get enough sleep" Aim for 7 to 8 hours a night. Beta-amyloid, one of the proteins associated with Alzheimer's, diminishes in sleep. Plus, " the brain literally clears itself out " during sleep, says Rudolph Tanzi, a neurology professor at Harvard University and director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Genetics and Aging research Unit.
Try Brain Training Excercises. The recent Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly Study, funded by the National Institute On Aging, found that cognitive activities showed help in enhancing reasoning and showed promise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Lung Cancer.....WHAT is it? WHO is the most at risk? HOW to prevent it!
What Lung Cancer is: This form of cancer, which kills more people than breast and colon cancers combined , occurs when cells in the lungs grow rapidly and out of control. The most aggressive type is small-cell lung cancer, while the most common kind is non-small-cell cancer, which affects about 85% of patients and spreads more slowly.
Who is most at risk? Smokers, those with a family history of the disease, and people exposed to air pollution, asbestos, radon, or secondhand smoke. Although cigarette smoking accounts for more than 80% of lung cancer cases, many nonsmokers get the disease too, and their numbers are on the rise. "All you need to get lung cancer are lungs," says Dr. David Cooke, head of general thoracic surgery at The University of California , Davis.
How can one prevent it?
1) If you smoke, quit. And avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
2) Pay attention to air-quality alerts. Heed community warnings to stay inside when high levels of pollutants are in the air.
3) Keep a check on radon levels to make sure they stay low. Radon, an invisible radioactive gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
4) Eat plenty of produce: The antioxidants in produce appear to protect against cancer.
5)Request a low-dose CT scan if you are a smoker an ex-smoker. While the screening test doesn't prevent cancer , it can detect the disease earlier.
Monday, April 2, 2018
April Showers bring May flowers!!
How can you make your fitness routine blossom? How can you get the benefits of a personal trainer without spending the BIG BUCKS? What do fitness pros know that we don't?
1) The best trainer is the one inside your head.
"Positive self-talk can motivate you to stay active. While you exercise, tell yourself you're doing a good job. You'll be more likely to exercise again the next day."
2) A little prep goes a long way.
" Set out exercise clothes the night before. This help you roll out of bed and get moving."
3) Success requires some inner digging.
"Try to think about inspirational people and what inspires you."
4) Being slower and weaker can have its perks.
" Inviting a friend or family member over who is in better shape may push you harder."
5) Remember it is easier to cut calories than to burn them.
" Some people work out for months and wonder why they are not losing more weight than they have." So remember weight loss is 80% of what you eat and 20% of working out. So when you see that last piece of pie....try sharing with a friend!
Thursday, March 22, 2018
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!
Of Cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer - elated deaths in The United States. To help combat the disease, Medicare provides coverage for screening.....
What you can do: If you're 50 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you're younger than 50 and think you may be at risk of getting colorectal cancer, or if you're older than 75, ask your dr. if you should be screened.
- Be physically active.
- Keep a healthy weight.
- Don't drink too much alcohol.
- Don't smoke.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Why is it celebrated? It was a religious feast day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland,
but it is now a festival celebrated around the globe, to celebrate Irish Culture. How do people
celebrate it? Most places: people dance, eat special foods , and wear green. Some Irish dishes are :
Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and Soda Bread.
The most common character associated with St. Patrick's Day is the Leprechaun.The
four-leaf clover is also associated with St. Patrick's Day. It has been said that a four-leaf clover will
bring you good luck. However, the most common St. Patrick's Day symbol is the shamrock.The
shamrock is the leaf of the three leaf clover plant and is a symbol of the Holy Trinity.
Here are some St. Patrick's Day Activities to celebrate with those suffering from
Dementia and Alzheimer's.:
1) Music: Listen to "When Irish Eyes are Smiling or Dannie Boy
2) Shamrock Snack: Cut slices of green peppers(the shamrocks) and place atop of
cheese covered English muffins. Put the muffin the oven to toast and melt the cheese.
3) Create a rainbow snack using froot loop cereal, then eat!
4) Shamrock stamping: Using an Irish Potato cut a clover in the potato then dip in green
paint...ta da...shamrock stamping!
Monday, March 12, 2018
Wow!! Who can believe it is already March ? That wonderful time of year when plants really show up and show out in a really GREEN way! Did you know that you have a one in 10,000 chance of finding a Four-Leaf Clover in your entire lifetime? The Four-Leaf Clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaf clover. According to tradition , such clovers bring good luck, though it is not clear when or how the tradition got started. The Four-Leaf Clover is one of the most common good luck symbols in the Western world. The four leaves represent hope, faith, love and luck.
How much do you know about lucky clovers? Here are 10 interesting and unusual facts about Four-Leafed Clovers including tips on how to help you find them:
1: True Four Leafed Clovers have three leaves which are the same size and one that is smaller.
2: Some say that Four Leaf Clovers give the holder the ability to see fairies.
3: Some relate them to when St. Patrick used them to explain Christianity to the Irish.
4: Most People do not know that Shamrocks and Four-Leaf Clovers are not one in the same.
5: Four -Leaves come from a mutated-recessive gene.
6: Warm weather tends to heighten the chances of the mutation.
7: They tend to occur in groups of many.
8: Many times Lucky Clovers have more than Four leaves. This makes one even luckier.
9:The Guinness Book Of World Records recorded a Lucky Clover with a whopping 56 leaflets!
10: There are Lucky Clover growing Kits that one may purchase to grow their own.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
When people think about February,they generally think about hearts,flowers,chocolates,romance!
A lot of nice,warm feelings,candlelight dinners and moonlit nights. February is a great time to rekindle love affairs and bring in cold feelings to a warm fire. All of these things are great to enjoy and experience. In a perfect world,this would be all we could ask for.
The sad part is that we as a people have very serious issues to deal with besides the love we feel in our hearts.Unfortunately, in our imperfect world we must deal with sickness and disease. Heart disease is the number one killer in The United States.Fortunately,it is largely preventable and there are many things people can do to reduce their risk.February is "Heart Month." During the month of February Americans around the country are being encouraged o get more active and more "heart aware." This can mean getting routine heart exams and check-ups on previously diagnosed issues.So make February your month to love your heart, get moving and get your heart check-ups.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Happy Mardi Gras!!!
What is Mardi Gras ? Where did it start and why do we celebrate it?
Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual of fasting of the Lenten season....In countries such as the United Kingdom, Mardi Gras is also known as shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the shrive, meaning to "confess."
Despite the holiday's rich history in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Sam Jones of Mobile, Alabama, says the first Mardi Gras celebration in the USA took place in Mobile, Alabama. Mobile is the birthplace of Mardi Gras and it originated right in the port city in 1703. It was revived after the Civil War when citizen Joe Cain, fed up with civil war misery led an impromptu parade down the streets of Mobile. The people have been doing it up bigger and better ever since. They decorate floats and have enormous parades and flying moon pies. You can see masked mythical societies and ladies in ball dresses going all out for the occasion. This year the festivities kick off on January 26th and end on February 13th. You can catch all the information on @MobileMardiGras on facebook and Twitter! Don't miss the fun!
Monday, January 15, 2018
January = National Alzheimer Awareness Month
- Failure to floss: For real...If visions of the dentist's drill don't scare you into flossing, maybe early signs of dementia will: An emerging body of evidence has shown evidence of gum problems that may raise your risk of dementia.
3. Habitual Snoring: Discuss persistent snoring with your Dr.,who may send you to a sleep specialist. If sleep apnea is the diagnosis, you'll likely end up with a prescription for a CPAP, shown to be effective in restoring normal breathing.
4. Type 2 Diabetes: In a study of Middle-Aged men and women with a family history of Alzheimer's ,researchers linked to insulin resistance-key driver of type 2 diabetes-with poorer performance on memory tests. Research has shown that people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.
Monday, January 8, 2018
New Exploitation Act in Alabama for Seniors
As of Aug 1,2017 a new law has been passed to prevent the exploitation of older adults from
financial exploitation. This law gives enforcement an additional tool to assist victims and prevent
further incidents of abuse. The relief for victims of elder abuse can come too late. In the case of
physical abuse, the injury has been inflicted and the abuser may return.In financial exploitation cases,
the money has and continues to be spent with impunity. The Elder Abuse Protection Order and
enforcement Act provides an early intervention, a civil court order, to stop the abuse and continued
This act is a compliment to the already strong laws we have to prosecute those who commit elder
abuse. In 2013,Alabama passed the Protecting Alabama's Elders Act. That criminal law gave law
enforcement and prosecutors additional avenues to prosecute elder abuse ,neglect ,and financial
exploitation-serving to punish offenders and deter future crimes. This law will provide an expedient
civil remedy to victims of elder abuse-serving to prevent further abuse and financial
exploitation. For additional information, contact Emily Marsal,General Counsel, Alabama
of Senior Services,1-334-353-9394 or Emily T. Marsal@adss.alabama.gov
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
January is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month!
How can we better "arm" ourselves against this deadly disease? Are there ways to create an arsenal of self-help tools in our homes? What really are the benefits of knowing the "triggers?" What's "normal" memory loss and "abnormal" memory loss? Here are a list of "triggers" and What's "Normal and Abnormal " memory loss.
Normal : 1. Being able to recall the details of a conversation or event of a year ago
2. Occasionally forgetting appointments or names
3. Sometimes searching for the right word
4. Fretting about your memory when no one else is, including your family.
Abnormal : 1. Being able to remember the details of an event or conversation that happened last week
2. Forgetting things you once recalled easily
3. Frequently pausing to find the right word or using substitute words when the right
one won't come to mind
4. Lack of concern about your memory while relatives or friends worry