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The Top 10 Most FAQs Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease

Edited By: Krista Mc’Farlene

Alzheimer’s disease is a word many of us are familiar with. But do we know enough about the disease and how it may impact our lives – how it begins, what it does and what cures are available? These FAQs seek to provide a well-rounded foundation on Alzheimer’s disease.

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1. What is Alzheimer’s disease?

2. What is dementia? Dementia is a loss of thinking, remembering and reasoning skills that tends to interfere with a person’s daily life and activities.

3. How many people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? (…)  it is believed that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease.

5. What are the stages in the development of Alzheimer’s disease?

6. What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

Age is the most well-known risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, lifestyle factors such as diet and physical exercise as well as long-term health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes may also play a role.

7. If you become forgetful as you get older, does that mean you will get Alzheimer’s disease?

8. Why is early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s important?

9. Are there any medicines to treat Alzheimer’s disease?

10. Is there anything I can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

Caregivers Find Comfort in Senior Monitoring Sensors

Caring From a Distance

long-distance caregiver is defined as someone who lives an hour or more away from the person who needs care.

The National Institute on Aging estimates there are nearly 7 million long-distance caregivers in the United States.

Long-distance caregivers rely on technology to help them perform caregiving duties like medication management, learning more about treatment plans, searching for services, and ultimately, to gain more control of their loved one’s safety.

Kathy Kelly, executive director of the Family Caregiver Alliance explains, “Technology can help a caregiver stay in closer touch with their relative and gain a greater sense of control over the same situation.”

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4 Reasons Why Independent or Assisted Living May Trump Living Alone

Last Updated: June 14, 2019

While remaining at home is the top choice for many, research from AARP and MetLife Mature Market Institute shows that it may not be the best option for the family budget, overall happiness or quality of life in our golden years.4 Reasons Why Independent or Assisted Living May Trump Living Alone

Many people don’t want to make the move into an independent or assisted living community and feel they lose their independence when they succumb to moving. But this simply isn’t true anymore, as baby boomers have reinvented assisted living. Learn more about how many independent and assisted living communities have expanded their market by providing convenience and retirement services and may trump living alone.

Why Independent or Assisted Living May Trump Living Alone

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April 16 – Begin – Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop is a six-week course for adults with diabetes, their family members and friends. At Hillcrest Firethorn Health Services 8601 Firethorn Lane Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. April 16 through May 21

New six-week session!  Please register early. Classes that do not have sufficient enrollment will be canceled.  To register, call Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center at 402-441-7575.

Learn about diabetes including:

  • What to eat and when to exercise.
  • Monitoring your blood sugar.
  • Foot care.
  • Communicating with family and your health care provider.
  • Low and high blood sugar.
  • Tips for dealing with stress.
  • How to set small and achievable goals.
  • Overview of relaxation techniques.
  • How to increase your self-confidence.
  • Feel better and take charge.

This workshop is offered at no cost, but a suggested contribution of $4 per class is appreciated!

 

Lincoln 55+ and OLLI in 2007

Hello from the Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper,

OLLI – Osher Life Long Learning – has been just a great success. In the last months of a 3 year grant, OLLI had 304 members with a long term goal of reaching 500 members. Meeting this goal would earn a $1 Million endowment to help educate Seniors in Lincoln NE..On March 1st, 2007, with publication of a 4 page, color ad in the spring issue of the Lincoln 55+ Senior Paper, our membership jumped in just 6 weeks to 447. After the next 4-page ad in the summer issue, we reached 537 – well beyond the “long-term goal.”  After the membership year ended, we dropped back to 440 members but surged forward again after the Fall 2007 ads – to 650 members. So – in 10 months, OLLI membership rose from 304 to 650. Wow. And yes! We did get that 1st $Million endowment.

OLLI board members carried 1200-1500 papers (of 12,000 total) to their friends and neighbors and doctors offices for each issue. Offering the 55+ Paper became a method for starting a conversation about OLLI.  The Lincoln 55+ is proud of the the 12 years relationship with OLLI. in 2018, we are over 1400 members and now have a second endowment in hand. A million here and an million there adds up.

OLLI Rocks.  https://olli.unl.edu/

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Best Medical Alert Systems

A medical Alert system helped my mother 2 or 3 times. Please consider this for your parents. -keith

While technology has changed immensely since actors from the 80’s famous infomercial cried, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”, the need for affordable and reliable elderly medical alert systems remains the same. In fact, the National Council on Aging reports that 30 percent of seniors experience a fall or have other situations where emergency medical assistance is required each year. With a growing percentage of seniors wishing maintain their independence at home, medical alert systems and services provide a way for them to do so safely.

This list has been provided to help seniors, caregivers, and loved ones choose the best medical alert system for their situation. If you have experience with medical alert systems, please share that experience and your opinions below to help others choose the best Medical Alert company.

The rankings, ratings, and opinions expressed on TheTopTens.com are influenced by site visitors and TheTopTens®, and are subject to change. To keep this valuable service free, we may generate advertising revenue from some companies featured in this list.

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5 Tips For Getting Rid of a Dry Cough

 A persistent dry cough can be irritating to handle. The good news is that there are a number of remedies you can try to reduce or eliminate your cough. On that note, it is important to bear in mind that if your cough persists for more than three weeks, you should consult with your doctor. Meanwhile, here are some methods I have found to work on me:

Medicare can help with cataracts 

Greg Dill
Greg Dill

Cataracts often come with age and can affect your vision. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. New eyeglasses, brighter lighting, antiglare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses may help your symptoms. If not, you may need surgery.

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Excuses to Cheat On your Diet

It’s Cheat Day: 10 Excuses Every Girl Makes So She Can Cheat On Her Diet

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Starting a diet is easy. For the first seven minutes, you feel wildly confident, motivated by the thought of you in a bikini and the admiring looks you will get.

Precisely 11 minutes later, you are hungry. You worked out, you tell yourself, so that gives you about 300 “free” calories.

You start thinking about food. You look at photos of food on Instagram. Soon, you are using your expert powers of self-persuasion to convince yourself a diet cheat is actually a good thing. It will boost your metabolism! And you’ll get right back on track straight after one little treat.

Woe is you. As all girls know, dieting is hard, boring and, worst of all, it’s often futile.

 

My Favorite?  -keith    “It’s free!”  I love free food (…) and have been to known to eat a day’s worth of food in free samples.

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The Importance of Elder Empowerment

Posted On 19 Jun 2018  By : 

In a traditional senior care setting, schedules are a way of life. There are specific times for when to get up, when to go to bed, when to have activities, exercise and have meals. For seniors who spent their entire adulthood living independently and making their own choices, the cultural shock can be considerable. (…) Read more by using the link below.

An Elder-Directed Environment

Green House communities, which follow the model established by The Green House Project, buck the traditional senior care model by putting elder decision-making at the heart of all they do. “We push the envelope by looking at the elder voice and learning how to access it, and also by determining what mechanics need to put in place to ensure the model is elder-directed,” says Wiegand.

The Green House model facilitates elder-directed lifestyles by creating a more intimate, residential environment. Each Green House home accommodates between 10 and 12 elders, as opposed to the environment of a traditional senior living model that typically has 100 residents or more.

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What if I refused to pick Mom up from the hospital?

My mom is a serious alcoholic. 76 years old but more like 90. She lives in my neighborhood, not my home. I am an only child and there is NO other family around, period. I was out of town for 2 days in March and she had a panic attack and called 911, admitted to the hospital for a couple of days. In April she spent 10 days in a senior mental health/detox facility. Took a bad fall in May, hit her head, I called 911. She was admitted to the hospital for a couple of days. I begged for the hospital not to release her but they did. She took another fall last week and twisted up her foot. She refuses to discuss any other living arrangement (I will not have her live with me – she is verbally abusive and nasty) and mentions suicide on a regular basis (this has been going on for years and yes I’ve informed ALL of the doctors). If she is hospitalized again, can I refuse to pick her up?

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Anti-Aging Pills?

Can Aging Be Cured in Your Lifetime? It May Be So…

If there’s one thing we wish we could all have, it’s a way to stop aging and remain looking young forever. But, what if we could actually stop aging forever? Will it be possible to cure aging during your lifetime? Find out what this video has to say.

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Cellular senescence From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cellular senescence is one phenomenon by which normal cells cease to divide. In their seminal experiments from the early 1960’s, Leonard Hayflick and Paul Moorhead discovered that normal human fetal fibroblasts in culture reach a maximum of approximately 50 cell population doublings before becoming senescent.[1][2][3] This phenomenon is known as “replicative senescence”, or the Hayflick limit. Hayflick’s discovery that normal cells are mortal overturned a 60-year-old dogma in cell biology that maintained that all cultured cells are immortal. Hayflick found that the only immortal cultured cells are cancer cells.[4]

Health Tips for the Summer Season

By Dr. Tony Sun, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare of Nebraska

Summer is here, providing an ideal time for people in Nebraska to get active. While some people may talk about getting a “beach body,” fitness is more than just a matter of aesthetics – it can mean the difference between a long life and premature death.

Studies show 80 percent or more of premature chronic conditions, such as heart attack, stroke or diabetes, are caused by modifiable lifestyle choices, as opposed to being caused by genetic factors. Yet, many Americans lack an understanding of the connection between lifestyle choices and chronic health conditions. A recent UnitedHealthcare survey found that just 16 percent of Americans correctly recognized that 80 percent or more of premature chronic conditions are caused by modifiable lifestyle choices, such as risk factors like smoking or obesity, not genetics.

To help make fitness a priority this summer, here are tips to consider:

Walk This Way: Studies have shown walking more and sitting less may help people maintain a healthier weight, ward off depression and prevent serious health issues like heart disease. And a recent report concluded that walking can help curb sweet cravings, boost the immune system and ease joint pain. To make walking more effective, think FIT, which stands for frequency (500 steps within seven minutes six times per day), intensity (3,000 steps within 30 minutes each day) and tenacity (at least 10,000 total steps per day).

Get Outside (Safely): The popularity of smartphones and streaming TV has made it easy – and entertaining – to stay inside. In fact, recent research has found that some people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, limiting exposure to daylight and fresh air. This can have negative consequences, including for children and their eye health. Studies have found that exposure to outdoor light may help reduce the risk of nearsightedness, the inability to see far off objects clearly. To gain the potential benefits of being outdoors while helping stay safe, children and adults should wear sunglasses that block both UV rays and blue light, as well as apply sunscreen to help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

 Maintain Your Hearing Health: Summer is a popular time for sporting events and music concerts, which can lead to exposure to loud sounds. Crowd noise at sporting events can exceed 90 decibels, while music concerts can reach 110 decibels. Prolonged exposure to sounds above 85 decibels can contribute to gradual hearing loss, so it is a good idea to use ear protection when seeing your favorite team or band. Likewise, extended listening to music or digital content through headphones or earbuds may damage hearing overtime. To help prevent that, turn the volume on your electronic device to 60 percent and listen for no longer than 60 minutes at a time, and never listen to earbuds while using power tools or a lawn mower.

 Stay Safe Overseas: With people heading out on summer vacations, it is important to recognize that up to 20 percent of travelers suffer an illness or injury while on vacation. Before traveling out of your home state, review your health plan and understand what it covers, including if you have access to a national or local network of hospitals and health care providers. For people traveling overseas, contact your primary care doctor or travel medicine clinic to determine what pre-screenings or immunizations might be recommended or required, based on your health history and countries on the itinerary.

Following these tips may help you focus on fun, friends and family during the summer, while helping maintain or improve your health now and in the future.

 

 

A Year of Rumi

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BY ANDREW HARVEY

37,664 PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN THIS COURSE

When the great Sufi mystic and poet Jalal-ud-Din Rumi died at sunset in Konya, southern Turkey, on December 17, 1273, he had composed over 3,500 odes, 2,000 quatrains, and a vast spiritual epic called the Mathnawai. Now with A Year of Rumi from acclaimed Rumi scholar Andrew Harvey, you will receive a hand-selected poem from this incredible visionary’s life work every day for the next year (365 poems total.)

Increasingly, Rumi is being recognized as the unique spiritual genius he is, as someone who is fused at the highest level and with the greatest possible intensity the intellect of a Plato, the vision, passion and soul-force of a Christ or Buddha, and the extraordinary literary gifts of a Shakespeare. Rumi is, not only the world’s greatest mystical poet, but also an essential guide to the new planetary spiritual renaissance that is slowly emerging from the ruins of our civilization. He speaks to us from the depths of our own sacred identity, and what he says has the electric eloquence of our innermost truth. No other poet or philosopher has Rumi’s almost frightening intimacy of address, and has conveyed the terror, rapture and wonder of awakening to Divine Love with such fearless and gorgeous courage, such humility and such unflinching clarity.

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The 11 Warning Signs of a Food Intolerance

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Outline:

1. Are you going to the bathroom too much?
2. Do you have chronic muscle or joint pains that are spreading?
3. Does caffeine over-stimulate you?
5. After a good sleep, do you still feel sleepy?
6. Do you have no tolerance for wheat, even though you test negative for celiac disease?
7. Is your thyroid underactive?
8. Are milk & yogurt giving you tummy trouble?
9. Is your arthritis getting worse?
10. Do particular foods give you skin conditions?
11. Do onions and garlic in meals give you belly problems?
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