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Category: Dementia

Spotlight on Family Caregivers This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month Alzheimer ’s Disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. This condition affects not only the millions of Americans who have it, but also family members and those closest to them. Although there is…

Health News Round-Up: Plan Ahead Before Driving Becomes Unwise

Making a ‘Retirement Plan’ for Driving A key component to aging in place is mobility — being able to get around independently. And in much of America, ‘mobility’ equals ‘driving.’ However, there may come a point when driving themselves is no longer…

Health News Round-Up: ‘Genetic Counseling’ to Comprehend Cancer Risks

What Does My Genetic Test Tell Me? Genetic Counseling Can Explain Genetics can tell us a lot, so long as we understand how to interpret them. In some cases, our genes can make us vulnerable to certain inherited diseases. One such example…

Health News Round-Up: Proper Prep for Insulin Pen Effectiveness

For Best Results, Insulin Pens Need Preparation For many patients, insulin injection is a key part of diabetes management, and pharmaceutical companies continue to innovate with ever-more convenient delivery methods. One advance has been the pre-mixed ‘NPH insulin pen,’ a convenient all-in-one…

HealthNews Round-Up: Building a Better Place Setting for Dementia

Engineering Easier Eating and Drinking for Cognitive Decline Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than thinking and memory; as cognitive decline progresses, patients may struggle to eat and drink. Both the visual recognition of food and the motor skills…

Health News Round-Up: An ‘Ounce of Preemption’ Before Treatment

Preparing for Surgery or Treatment with ‘Prehab’ Patients who undergo surgeries, or other aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, are often guided in rehabilitation exercises afterward to build back lost strength and endurance. However, some specialists have begun to explore the…

Health News Round-Up: Cracking Down on Added Sugars

The Skinny on Limiting Sugar We’ve been warned about the dangers of consuming too much sugar, but now the FDA is making a proposal that could make excess sugar harder to overlook. The organization has suggested two changes to nutrition labels: first,…

In Extreme Summer Heat, Cool Health and Safety Tips for Seniors

In the height of summer, we expect the days to be hot. But some are hotter than others — and when the mercury really climbs, it’s more than just uncomfortable. Every year, many Americans suffer heat-related illness and, in some cases, death….

Health News Round-Up: Even With a Cart, Golf Is Serious Exercise

Cart-Aided Golf Still Packs a Workout Ample fresh air and a moderate walking pace make golf feel like leisure, but this recent NPR piece reinforces that even with modifications like motorized carts, golf is indeed a sport. The number of steps a…

Health News Round-Up: New Medicaid Rule Emphasizes Home Health Care

Proposed Medicaid Rule Highlights the Importance of Community-Based Care In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new proposed rule governing Medicaid regulations for managed care. The last time these regulations were updated was in 2002, and the…

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