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Memory fitness plan: when a loved one has dementia

by Kathryn Kilpatrick M.A. CCC/SLP

A memory fitness plan for successful aging includes maintaining a positive attitude, paying attention, healthier lifestyle choices, effective memory props, upgrading brain games and creating balance in daily routines. When a person has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, these strategies are still important, particularly in the earlier stages.

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Protecting caregiver health: when the caregiver's health fails the care system can collapse

by Carol Bradley Bursack, Editor-in-Chief

Think of it like this: Caregivers are the base of a pyramid. When the base collapses, the whole pyramid crashes. Many of us are "natural caregivers." We put other people's needs ahead of our own. It feels good to give. However, everyone has a breaking point. Whether it's physical, mental, emotional, spiritual - or more likely a combination of all of these - if the caregiver breaks down, the whole care system can collapse. Caregiver self-care is vital to all involved.

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Parkinson's disease symptoms and progression can be unsettling

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR

The hallmark of chronic disease is onset and its progression. One chronic disease that can be devastating in its uncertainty is Parkinson's Disease. Generally, Parkinson's disease manifests between the ages of 45 to 65. Parkinson's is a progressive disease of the nervous system.
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