All posts by Jeremy Brooker

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Alzheimer’s Association Many people joke about forgetting friends’ names or where they put their keys, but there is a big difference between a slight lack of focus and the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a fatal brain disease that causes a gradual decline in memory, thinking, communication and reasoning skills. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, even…

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What You Need to Know About Diabetes in Older Adults

The risk of developing diabetes increases with age, making diabetes a common concern among older adults. Unfortunately, older adults are also at a greater risk for developing many of the other complications associated with the disease. Here is what you need to know about diabetes in older adults. Seniors with diabetes are at a greater risk for serious falls than seniors without diabetes. Click To Tweet Older adults with diabetes are at a higher risk for heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure Click To Tweet People with type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Click To…

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Cognitive Decline in Seniors: Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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A recent study from the Global Burden of Disease found that between 1990 and 2013, there was a 92 percent increase in the number of dementia-related deaths and years lived with disability due to dementia. Currently, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2050. In 2015 Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will cost the United States $226 billion. “In less than a quarter of a century we have seen a staggering increase in the number of people living with dementia globally,” said Dr. James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s…

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2015 Resolutions for Mental and Emotional Health

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In our collective psyche, the phrase “New Year’s resolution” has come to suggest a set of goals and changes that we commit to in January that will probably barely last until the end of the month. We joke about making them, and joke even more about breaking them. We often give ourselves the almost impossible task of changing everything at once and tend to think in very broad terms – eating healthy, getting organized, losing weight. If you have these types of vague, lofty goals, they need to be broken down into bite- sized pieces that can be easily digested…

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Help the Seniors You Care for Enjoy the Holidays

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The holiday season has just begun – a season which should, ideally, be a wonderful time to appreciate the joys of family life and friendship. This time of year is often the only time parents, children, siblings and other relatives can pull away from their busy lives long enough to spend a few days enjoying the company of the whole family. However, expectations can run unrealistically high; with visions of a happy, peaceful time, free of argument and dissension.  Yet emotions are heightened at holiday time – both the highs and the lows.  We all want the occasion to be…

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