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Recent Alzheimer’s News Confirms Which Dementia Supplements to Avoid

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior couple looking at medication bottles.

The Alzheimer’s Association is informing the public about which dementia substances to avoid.

As the expression goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That could easily be applied to the recent information in Alzheimer’s news about the increase of corporations offering alternative supplements, dietary programs, and herbal concoctions as a way to treat, or at the very least minimize the ramifications of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association wants to warn us, however, to proceed with careful attention when exploring treatment options for a senior with dementia – and always get the physician’s approval before trying anything new. Continue reading “Recent Alzheimer’s News Confirms Which Dementia Supplements to Avoid” »

Top Tips for Atlanta Seniors to Avoid Post-Surgery Cognitive Dysfunction

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior woman in hospital bed

POCD occurs in more than 25% of seniors following surgery.

For older adults, undergoing medical procedures usually includes some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors after surgery that people need to be conscious of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD occurs in more than 25% of older adults during the days or possibly even weeks following non-cardiac surgery, and will present with an array of symptoms, a few of which may be almost indiscernible: forgetfulness, lack of concentration and focus, and other kinds of cognitive decline that impact quality of life. Continue reading “Top Tips for Atlanta Seniors to Avoid Post-Surgery Cognitive Dysfunction” »

Treating Behavioral Issues Without Drugs May Be Best in Dementia Care

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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The latest recommendations issued by the Alzheimer’s Association for dementia care are in: using individually-based, non-medication treatment options are best to manage behavioral issues associated with dementia. When behaviors change in an individual and a person exhibits sundowning, agitation, aggression, and wandering, the goal is to steer away from available medications aimed at modulating these behaviors, such as anti-psychotics, which can result in serious health complications and even death in those with dementia. Continue reading “Treating Behavioral Issues Without Drugs May Be Best in Dementia Care” »

Senior Malnourishment: A Common, But Often Undetected Problem

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Elderly asian woman bored with foodRemember weekend dinners at Grandma and Grandpa’s, when the whole family came together around the table to share a hearty meal, conversations, and laughter? Regrettably, with many families now living at a distance from their older family members, along with so many pressing needs pulling us in numerous directions, it’s hard to keep on with this tradition – and it could be one of the many factors leading to the dramatic rise in senior malnutrition. Continue reading “Senior Malnourishment: A Common, But Often Undetected Problem” »

Is an Alzheimer’s Cure on the Horizon?

Posted on: April 5th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Neurology QuestionsThose of us who follow the latest research in the search for an Alzheimer’s cure are all too familiar with the troublesome amyloid plaques thought to be linked to Alzheimer’s. But could it possibly be that those plaques are actually beneficial? Continue reading “Is an Alzheimer’s Cure on the Horizon?” »

Guidelines to Improve Brain Health

Posted on: March 16th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior man eating vegetables on patioThe remarkable research of the latest AARP study is in: those that maintain a balanced and healthy diet are twice as likely to consider their brain health and functionality to be very good or excellent compared to people who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet abundant with fish, vegetables & fruits equated to better brain health. Continue reading “Guidelines to Improve Brain Health” »

Top New Technologies for Persons with Vision Loss

Posted on: February 15th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Blind person holding white caneImpacting millions of Americans, vision loss is as varied as the people who experience it – from simply the need to don a pair of reading glasses to scan through the morning newspaper, to complete blindness. And it’s a lot more prevalent in older adults, with one out of every three seniors over age 65 experiencing some type of  eye disease that affects vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, as well as others. Thankfully, just like a lot of other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with options to improve total well-being for many experiencing vision problems. Just take a glance at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are already available to help fight vision loss: Continue reading “Top New Technologies for Persons with Vision Loss” »

Anosognosia and Dementia: When Alzheimer’s Patients are in Denial

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior man sitting on sofa, denying he has dementia“I do NOT have Alzheimer’s disease! There’s nothing wrong with me!”

If perhaps you have listened to a senior loved one with dementia frustratingly voice this or perhaps a matching sentiment, you might have believed that individual was simply in denial and reluctant to accept a difficult diagnosis. The truth is, however, that oftentimes those with Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions are experiencing anosognosia – an unawareness of their impairment. Continue reading “Anosognosia and Dementia: When Alzheimer’s Patients are in Denial” »

Can Giving Up the Keys Be Bad for Elderly Drivers’ Health?

Posted on: January 4th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Discussing an Elderly Parent's Ability to Drive a CarIt is one of the more troublesome decisions we must confront in older years, and an exceptionally delicate subject for adult children to broach with their senior parents: relinquishing the car keys. Driving a vehicle, while creating an inherent experience of freedom and independence, can become significantly hazardous due to a number of variables regarding aging. And letting go of that independence for safety’s sake can feel defeating. Continue reading “Can Giving Up the Keys Be Bad for Elderly Drivers’ Health?” »

Surprising Senior Health Care Concern: Too Much Care

Posted on: December 18th, 2017 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Mature radiologist talking to senior patient.We desire the most beneficial medical care for our family and friends, but is it feasible that on occasion, less is the most beneficial? As demonstrated by a recent report published in Plos One by Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a full 21% of treatment people receive is unneeded – meaning that huge numbers of patients put through various treatment plans, tests and scans are obtaining little if any benefit. And all these unwarranted healthcare services come at a cost: around $210 billion every year, as revealed by the National Academy of Medicine. Continue reading “Surprising Senior Health Care Concern: Too Much Care” »