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ABCDE:  Why It’s Important In Detecting Melanoma

Melanoma is a skin cancer that starts in a certain type of skin cell, called a melanocyte. Although they can occur anywhere on the skin, melanomas are more likely to start in certain locations. The trunk area is the most common site in men, and the legs are the most common site in women. The

For Better Or Worse: Caring For A Spouse With Dementia

In my early years of being in home care, I received a phone call from an elderly man looking for help with his wife, who had moderate to severe dementia.  He explained to me that he owns a cattle farm, which requires a lot of his attention, but his wife’s condition was demanding so much

How To Enjoy Life With Diabetes

According to the CDC approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, with approximately 8 million going undiagnosed. Those that live with diabetes have the ability to live long, full lives if they take a positive and proactive approach. Risk Factors of Diabetes Some of the risk factors of becoming diabetic you can

How Seniors Can Cope with COPD

COPD Can Wear Seniors Down COPD wears down more than just the lungs. Because of your lack of oxygen intake, your body and brain can become depleted and worn. It is a debilitating disease that can take away your quality of life, but there are ways you can take that quality of life back by learning how

Alzheimer’s Disease and Violent Behavior

One of the major challenges in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease can be coping with the personality changes that often occur, and these changes can include aggression and violence.  Alzheimer’s aggression most often flares up during the later stages of the disease, many times for no apparent reason. This behavior can include

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is more common than you may think. Inflammation is the body’s reaction to a number of issues, from disease to minor injuries. Top Causes of Inflammation Chronic Disease – According to expert scientist and registered nutritionist Raymond Francis, every chronic disease includes chronic inflammation. Every common disease from arthritis to cancer, heart disease

The Silence of Aphasia

There is a saying that “Silence is golden”and while this may be true in many situations, if you or someone you love has been afflicted with Aphasia you may long to hear words from their lips. Aphasia is caused by an injury to the brain and is an impairment of the ability to speak, understand

Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month; a time to understand and take action to help those who experience chronic pain. Unfortunately pain is all too often more common as we age. The ACPA offers this resourceful brochure for dealing with pain as you age. Types of Pain Not everyone experiences the same types of pain. The

Hospice:  Not Such A Dark and Scary Word Anymore

When I was young, my first experience with someone who was terminally ill was when my Uncle Freddy was dying of cancer.  My once fun-loving, jolly, Santa-Clause-playing, overweight, carefree Godfather was now lying in a hospital bed in the front room of my parents’ house, withering away to nothing. He was my father’s older brother,

What’s it like to have Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s awareness is important not only for understanding what someone who has the disease is going through, but in trying to understand the best way to cope together. The Alzheimer’s Association has an excellent “tour inside the brain of Alzheimer’s” that can help you to better understand the disease. Know The Facts  1/3 of those