What Is Dementia?

  What Is Dementia? By Bonnie L. Holmes Dementia is not a specific disease.  It is a broad description which in cludes many different symptoms of general decline in mental ability.  It must be severe enough to interfere with daily life.  It is caused by injury or loss of brain cells (neurons).    Once brain cells are […]

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Age-Related Memory Loss

Age-Related Memory Loss Has This Ever Happened To You? The car keys go missing You can’t retrieve a once-familiar name or you’ve forgotten a phone number You walk into a room with a purpose and then forget why?   In many ways, our memories shape who we are.  They make up our internal biographies…the stories […]

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Benefits of Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation is good for people of any age. The techniques help us relax by slowing down our heart rate.  It releases physical tension.  It gives us a sense of having a break from stress for a few minutes and afterward we have a much calmer mood. Typical techniques are especially good for prime family caregivers […]

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You’re In Charge

We all feel invincible.  Nothing bad happens to me… I’m going to live my life being relatively healthy.  Then one day I’m going to go to sleep and that will be the end of my life.  That is a lovely fairy tale.  Very few people have that privilege.  Yet we don’t plan ahead for our […]

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Success of Family Caregivers

The most common caregiver relationship is that of an adult child and an elderly parent.  In fact statistically, AARP studies indicate that family members provide nearly 82% of the necessary care for an older family member.  If you are thinking of taking on this role, there are several steps you might consider taking: Discussions:  How […]

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What is High Blood Pressure?

What is blood pressure?  Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls.   Blood pressure is written as two numbers such as 114/72.  The top is the systolic number and is the pressure when the heart beats.  The bottom is the diastolic number and is the pressure when the heart rests between […]

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Alzheimer’s Awareness

  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and experts anticipate the number will increase dramatically over the next several decades unless a cure is found.  A recent Mayo Clinic study found a toxic interaction between proteins may be responsible for a toxic cellular […]

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For Your Protection

Should In-Home (Non-Medical) Health Care Be Licensed?  “Baby Boomers” are now turning 65 and are beginning to see and understand the magnitude of the need for organized caregiving at the far end of their life. This age range in population is growing three times faster than family members available to care for them, primarily spouses […]

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