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  • A Refresher on Stroke Basics

    An article was recently published about a woman who had been diagnosed with Tonsillitis. The only problem with that is she had actually suffered a Stroke, and had not been given the treatment Stroke patients receive within the ‘Three hour window’ ( the American Heart Association acknowledges this timeline as vital in the administration of clot-busting medication) .

    So what exactly is a Stroke? It’s an interruption in blood flow to the brain that results in the death of brain cells and can have consequences for movement, sensation or emotions. It’s also the 5th leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

    Watch for these signs and symptoms if you think you or someone else may be having a stroke. Pay attention to when the signs and symptoms begin. The length of time they have been present can affect your treatment

    Dawn
    Jun 17, 2019
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  • June is Alzheimer's Brain Health Month!

    What are you doing to keep your brain healthy? A healthy diet, exercise, and restorative sleep are all key components to preserving your cognitive ability. Studies are narrowing in on more potential contributors to the likelihood of developing Dementia. One of them may be your cholesterol level.

    A link between the more common late-onset form of Alzheimer's and high 'bad' cholesterol has been established by multiple studies, but the type of disease that sets in before age 65 is not as well understood.

    Now, researchers working with the Atlanta Veteran's Affairs hospital and Emory University have found that blood cholesterol may significantly raise risks for early-onset disease - whether or not you have the dreaded 'Alzheimer's gene.'

    The new study's findings suggest that a healthier diet might help stave off the onset of crippling

    Dawn
    Jun 10, 2019
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  • June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

    It’s a subject we’re never comfortable discussing, but it’s also a reality we need to address. Did you know that one in ten people over the age of sixty, who live at home, have reported being abused? Do you suspect abuse and don’t know the steps to take? Here are some key clues and risk factors that a Senior needs your help:

    · A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia

    · History of mental illness or substance abuse by the victim or abuser or both

    · Social isolation

    · Poor physical health

    Remember, Rhode Island Law requires you to report your suspicions if a vulnerable citizens may be in danger.

    Who should you call?

    The Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs Adult Protective Services Unit is responsible for investigating complaints of abuse of Rhode Islanders 60 years of age and older by a family member,

    Dawn
    Jun 03, 2019
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  • Caregiver Guilt and Tips to Better Cope

    In a recent article, it’s estimated that on average an informal caregiver is most often a woman aged 47-49. As a rule, the time investment per informal caregiver is twenty hours per week. If we add that to the existing 40-hour workweek, it’s completely reasonable that over time, burnout and stress would take hold and being to affect the mind, body, and spirit.

    The percentage of adult children providing personal care and/or financial assistance to a parent has more than tripled over the past 15 years.

    91% of adult child caregivers are daughters who work full time and are married or live with a partner.

    22% of caregiving sons and daughters report dealing with guilt multiple times a day.

    The guilt that seems to almost effortlessly accompany caregiving, is incredibly common. For those who carry the psychic weight of wondering if they are

    Dawn
    May 29, 2019
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  • Dementia... or could it be something else?

    I recently came across an article that fascinated me. A woman had been living the past five years with what she was told was a Dementia diagnosis. The 61 year old had started a slow and steady cognitive decline, which was noticed by her family. As well as no longer cooking, keeping her house tidy or washing properly, she started to show worrying signs associated with dementia. She walked naked through the streets near her house in Cape Verde and sometimes appeared to be talking to people who weren't there.

    The 61-year-old was taken to the hospital by her sister after she witnessed her losing consciousness and suffering jerky seizure-like movements. Here, she was given blood tests and a CT scan of her head, both of which showed no signs of abnormalities. An EEG of her brain showed generalized slowing, but no epileptiform activity (EEG

    Dawn
    May 20, 2019
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