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What Signs to Look for Before Considering a Memory Care Facility
What if Alzheimer's Could be Detected Years Before Symptoms?
The 7 Stages of Alzheimers
Why Early Diagnosis of Dementia is Important


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Diabetic Foot Care

    If you have Diabetes, you may not know, your feet are in more danger than usual. This calls for extra attention and care being given to your feet during your daily hygiene regimen. Diabetes decreases blood flow which is most apparent in extremities like hands and feet. Smoking will also decrease blood flow further. There is also nerve damage in patients with diabetes that can cause the feet to lose feeling which brings complications in daily life. Below are some tips about foot care that will help combat the effects of diabetes.

What Signs to Look for Before Considering a Memory Care Facility

     Dementia is a serious set of memory related issues that include ailments such as Alzheimer's and Lewy-Body. If your loved one is suffering it's important to know that Dementia is a progressive condition which means it gets worse and worse as time goes by. Memory care facilities have people trained to take care of Dementia patients and will elevate the quality-of-life for anyone with debilitating Dementia. It's important to get help if you are having trouble taking care of someone but the following are some signs to look for before looking into memory care facilities.

What if Alzheimer's Could be Detected Years Before Symptoms?

     In America alone an estimated 5.7 million people are living with Alzheimer's and many go undiagnosed and untreated until later stages appear. Early detection is possibly the best weapon in the fight against any disease or disorder. Often times, however, the tests get taken and/or are only accurate when symptoms are already an issue.
     In the future this may be solved with a series of blood tests, taken over time, which looks for an abnormal increase of a certain protein that exists in the bloodstream.

The 7 Stages of Alzheimers

Along with other declining mental states, Alzheimers is a diesease with many stages in cognitive function. Recognizing these stages might help you or a loved one with diagnosing Alzheimer's and formulating treatment plans.
Stage one is the baseline that indicates no mental decline is present. The symptoms of stage 1 Alzheimer's are undetectable and is referred to as no cognitive decline.
The second stage of Alzheimer's is where there is very mild cognitive delcine. This can be mistaken for typical aging forgetfulness like forgeting your keys or misplacing objects.

Why Early Diagnosis of Dementia is Important

Why Early Diagnosis of Dementia is Important
By Adam Shepherd

Memory issues like Alzheimers and Dementia can be disorienting for the person affected and confusing for family and friends. Dementia is also a progressive ailment which means it starts out gradual and gets worse over time. While the effects are more subtle, early detection is crucial to prevent confusion and and worsenning symptoms later in the illness.

Firstly, and most importantly, early detection and diagnosis of Dementia means the patient and family have more opportunity to understand what is happening.

Can Cranberries Prevent UTI's

     Urinary Tract Infections are prevalent in elderly women and anyone using a catheter. There are several bacteria responsible for infecting urinary tracts. One is Escherichia coli, or more widely known as E. coli, and another is a bacteria called Proteus mirabilis. These are the most common but if something can thrive in the environment, and exposure is complete, many more bacteria can infect.
     An old wives tale says that cranberries help prevent UTIs and there may be some science to back this up.

The Differences between Alzheimers and Dementia

Often there is confusion over how to define Alzheimer's and Dementia and how they relate to each. To properly treat patients it's important to know the distinction. Not only so the right treatment goes to the right patient at the right time, but so the patients' family and friends have a better idea as to what to expect.
     To define the differences we can start with some simple classification. Dementia is a syndrome which means it is a set of symptoms that don't point to a singular cause.

Music and it's efeects on Seniors with Dementia

    Humans and birds share something in common that doesn't exist
in the rest of the animal kingdom. The appreciation for music and the
urge to dance to it. Something about the order of the rhythm and the
journey of the melody trigger real emotions in us. They don't just
trigger emotions though. Just like aromas they can also trigger
memories that the brain has attached to certain songs, bands, or
genres. This makes music a unique tool for treating memory and
behavioral issues like Dementia and Alzheimer's Syndrome.

Sun-Downing - What to Expect and How to Manage it

Alzheimer and Dementia patients can have many complications and it can be difficult, as an outside observer, to know what's going on.  One such complication is a behavioral issue call Sun-downing that researchers and Doctors have reported occurs frequently in Dementia patients.  Patients experiencing Sun-downing are said to have anxiety, restless, and irritability in the evenings.  Besides general disruptions to the internal clock, there is also a state of confusion and disorientation that can have patients confusing dreams and reality.

Studies suggest Turmeric as a natural anti-inflammatory treatment

Arthritis in all it's types afflicts one in five adults over the age of 18.  Osteoarthritis is the most common form and is suffered by an estimated thirty one million Americans.
One of the more promising natural treatments are several compounds which are found in Turmeric.  Curcumin and a few supporting components make up the class of chemicals known as curcuminoids.   These compounds have been known to have anti-oxidant properties but new studies are researching their anti-inflammatory qualities.