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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

Beware of Scams That Target the Elderly

I recently had a conversation with my elderly father about his prostate issues.  He called me to tell me that he just watched an infomercial hosted by former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who was promoting the benefits of a “medicine” that helps to shrink the prostate.  My father told me he was going to buy

Seniors At Nutritional Risk

So many of our social activities are based around eating, so how can it be that millions of U.S. seniors are at nutritional risk? Once someone becomes a nutritional risk they also become more susceptible to other health issues and disease. What is a “Senior at nutritional risk”? In order for a senior to be

Could Alzheimer’s and Decreased Sense of Smell Be Linked?

Alzheimer’s has long been associated with decreased sense of smell or olfactory senses. But should the decreased sense of smell be used as part of diagnosing Alzheimer’s or dementia, especially with early onset? We’re finding more and more confirmation that this is ONE of the symptoms we can use to determine if someone is in

Caregiving For Someone With Aphasia

We discussed Aphasia in our previous blog, covering the definition of Aphasia & some ideas and techniques for working with those who suffer from Aphasia. However, caregiving for someone with Aphasia can be complicated and frustrating for both parties. Talking With/To Someone With Aphasia It can be difficult to talk to someone with Aphasia. Here

Newly Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s – What’s In The Future

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is a moment that defines your life, your existence, and most of all your future. Like any disease, every person will react differently however; it’s not only how YOU react when diagnosed but how those around you react also. It is frightening for all involved; but you must keep lines of