Relieving Arthritis Pain: What Should You Be Doing?

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As a formidable source of chronic pain, arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability across the globe. Today, roughly 350 million people worldwide suffer from arthritis, including nearly 40 million in the United States.  Fortunately, there’s nearly as many treatments for arthritis as there are people who suffer from it. Many people treat their arthritis with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications like Ibuprofen, but the long-term use of these solutions can sometimes have serious side effects, including an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, kidney... Click to Read More

What to Eat After a Stroke: Diets to Reduce Stroke Risk

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There are no good strokes, but the best stroke is the one that never happens. Of course, sometimes that's not an option. As older adults have a greater risk of strokes, it is important for them to do what they can to prevent having a stroke in the first place, or take care of themselves after one occurs. One area that the elderly have control over is their diet. As strokes tend to happen with no warning, it is imperative to do all that you, the family caregiver, can... Click to Read More

Famous People with ALS: 3 Inspiring Stories

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, has received a lot of media attention as of late. The Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the nation was designed to not only raise money for ALS research, but to raise awareness of the disease. The challenge itself echoed the debilitating symptoms of the progressive disease, which causes nerve cells and motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord to die off, leading to loss of muscle control and eventual paralysis. In addition to the Ice Bucket Challenge raising awareness of the... Click to Read More

Depressed with ALS: Support and Support Groups for those with ALS

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Thanks in part to the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS support has skyrocketed to an all-time high. But in dealing with the physical symptoms of a disease, a person's mental health often takes a back seat to their physical health. The Mayo Clinic has performed studies on the physical benefits of optimism and we need only think about the placebo effect to recognize the power the brain has over the body. While ALS targets only motor neurons, the loss of certain physical functions and disrupted sleep leaves people at risk for... Click to Read More

What’s Your Risk of Caregiver Role Strain, Stress and Burnout?

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When you are responsible for the care of a senior loved one, the stresses and strains of everyday life are amplified. Juggling work and family with elder care increases the risk for caregiver burnout. This is especially true regardless of whether the family member you are caring for has a disease like Alzheimer’s disease that affects memory, or a condition that leaves your loved one physically debilitated. Family caregiver strain often goes unrecognized. In the hustle and bustle of a busy life, it may not be detected until the... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Family-Focused Strategies

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Those who share the ups and downs of your family caregiving journey are family, whether they’re linked to you by blood or by choice.  With both traditional and non-traditional family ties, what affects one family member affects all the others. Three generations of the Liu family are struggling to cope with their patriarch’s fast developing brain tumor.  Members of the immediate and extended clan are in constant contact, yet wonder what they can do to really help. Witnessing Rosa Delgado’s dementia is agonizing for her adult children and grandchildren.  They’re... Click to Read More

Who Has the Right To Control the Sexuality of a Person with Dementia?

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A 78-year-old Iowa man was tried for third-degree sex abuse after nursing home staffers told him his wife’s Alzheimer’s had advanced to the point that she was no longer capable of consenting to sex. Henry Rayhons, who served nine terms as a Republican state representative, and his wife, Donna Lou, who had both been widowed, were married in 2008. At some point in the last seven years, Donna Lou started exhibiting behavior consistent with Alzheimer’s. In March 2014, she was moved into a nursing home in Garner, Iowa. Reportedly,... Click to Read More

Parkinson’s and Life Expectancy: What Can You Expect?

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 Few diagnoses can be as devastating as Parkinson's Disease. Often, people picture a life unable to control one's movements and may assume it automatically means a low quality of life. Parkinson’s Disease does not necessarily mean that the afflicted person will have a diminished quality of life. However, there is much more that you need to understand about this disease to ensure your loved one receives the best care and continues to enjoy a high standard of life for as long as possible. Parkinson's Disease is a progressive disease,... Click to Read More

4 Tips for Bathing the Elderly Safely

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Believe it or not, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house regardless of age, but for those sixty-five and older, the bathroom can become even more hazardous. Getting in and out of the bath, as well as navigating wet floors can take special consideration for the older adult and their family caregivers. Up to two-thirds of emergency room visits are due to injuries in or near a person's shower or tub. While some of these injuries are caused by getting into the tub, nearly 10% happen... Click to Read More

3 Things You Need to Know About Parkinson’s

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Every year, there are more than 60,000 cases of Parkinson’s disease diagnosed in the United States alone. Although there’s no cure for Parkinson’s, early detection can help you effectively manage the disease, as well as reduce the chance of suffering severe complications. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn some of the most essential information about the disease, including its warning signs, risk factors, and its potential genetic basis. PD and Genetics: Is Parkinson’s Hereditary? For generations, scientists believed that Parkinson’s disease had no genetic basis. However, over the... Click to Read More