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Diseases & Conditions that Increase the Risk of Stroke

By Michelle Cemental facebook twitter linkedin Strokes are a serious issue for Americans, causing 1 out of every 20 deaths in the United States. With someone in the US suffering a stroke every 40 seconds, it’s important to understand all the risk factors that contribute to this widespread medical condition — especially since seniors are at a higher risk […]

Sundowning in Seniors with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

By Michael Watson facebook twitter linkedin If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, then you are already dealing with many unique challenges. One of those challenges is the phenomenon of “sundowning.” It sounds rather scary, but it is simply a symptom of dementia that many seniors experience, especially as their […]

A Look at Memory: Cognitive Development Throughout the Lifetime

Age Differences in Memory Loss According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, memory is defined as “the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms.” Memory is one area of cognition that is different for children, young adults, and the elderly. Below, these differences are outlined, along with […]

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease: What is the Difference?

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Dementia is not. Learning about the two terms and the difference between them is important and can empower individuals with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, […]

Seven Tips for Aging Well

You’ve probably heard a lot about wellness in the past few years—from “wellness initiatives” in the workplace to fitness classes promising that they will “restore your wellness.” Healthcare plans emphasize wellness now too—Medicare covers an annual wellness visit as well as a variety of other preventive health services. But what exactly is wellness, and how can you implement it in your everyday life? […]

Alzheimers Disease what have we learned in the last 100 years

Alzheimers Disease was discovered in 1901 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a leading neurologist in Germany. The concerned family of a 51 year old woman requested his help. The woman was having memory problems. She was also beginning to have problems with understanding the words when people were talking to her and increased difficulty speaking. He […]