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Tackle dementia early to stay independent
Many studies have proven the value of early intervention when someone has dementia. Brooksby’s Memory Health program is based on these scientific findings. The Memory Health program is part of Memory Support—Brooksby’s comprehensive initiative designed to care for people with memory loss—from those who have no cognitive problems to those who are in the final stages of a dementia-related illness...
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Having a sharp memory is not only good for your brain, it can help you stay functional and independent longer. Today, however, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness. That’s why Cedar Crest has launched Memory Fitness as the first part of the comprehensive three-pronged Memory Support program. Memory Fitness...
Bare trees in winter
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition characterized by symptoms of depression that occur only at certain times during the year. Although it can happen at any time of year, most people are affected in fall and winter. Contributing factors According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors are at an increased risk of depression. “As a general rule, seniors have...
Know when chest pain means 911
If you have chest pain, the first thought that comes into your head might be that you re having a heart attack. That s not necessarily the case. Chest pain can be related to any number of body organs and tissues, says Lora Cox-Vance, M.D., geriatric fellowship director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center., St. Margaret Hospital. It can be difficult to determine what an emergency is and...
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The Alzheimer’s Association reports that about one-third of today’s seniors die with a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. As of yet, researchers around the world have found no cure, but they have discovered some techniques that may help some people preserve their memories longer. Brooksby is applying this science in the Memory Fitness project. Memory Fitness is a program for...
Examine your insurance options every year
If you’ve had Medicare as your primary insurance for a number of years, you may not examine it too closely. Every year, however, Medicare (and all insurances for that matter) modify coverage rules, take away some benefits, and add others. “Just like you have a physical checkup each year, you should have a health insurance checkup,” says Penny Folden, vice president of sales and service for...
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Several conditions fall under the umbrella term “arthritis:” rheumatoid arthritis, gout, juvenile arthritis, and the most common—osteoarthritis (OA). The word arthritis comes from Latin, meaning inflammation of a joint, and that’s essentially what happens with any type of this disease. “In OA, cartilage breaks down and the bones in the joint can rub together,” explains Betsy Moody, M.D., medical...
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A recent international survey in five countries showed that for most people, Alzheimer’s disease was the second most significant health concern after cancer. About 25 percent listed it as their number one fear. This increasingly prevalent disease is the most common of all dementia-related illnesses. “About 5.1 million people in the U.S. are affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” says Betsy Moody, M.D...
Bowl of chicken soup
They’ve been handed down through generations—so-called “old wives’ tales” about health. Why have these pearls of wisdom persisted through the years despite the advances in modern medicine? Maybe because some have a little truth to them. Chicken soup helps relieve the common cold “Grandma was right about this one,” says Austin Welsh, M.D., medical director at Tallgrass Creek , an Erickson Living...