What Kind of Doctor Treats Dementia?

What Kind of Doctor Treats Dementia?

  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch-Gkh4UxKc[/embed] Though many primary care physicians are able to make an initial diagnosis of dementia and provide basic care for memory-impairing diseases, working with a specialist in brain disorders and taking advantage of the physician’s more extensive experience is a necessity for more thorough treatment. According to Dr. Piero G. Antuono, Silverado Brookfield Medical Director, those seeking the most thorough treatment and care of dementia are best served by consulting doctors with formal training and experience in geriatrics, neurology or psychiatry. What Kind of Doctor Treats Dementia? Geriatrician A geriatric physician is a doctor that specializes in working with older

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Losing Sleep? “Pink Noise” Might Be the Answer

Losing Sleep? “Pink Noise” Might Be the Answer

Poor sleep habits are a common problem among elderly adults. Up to 40% of older Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder, which include trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, and a range of related problems. Research has shown that sleeping quality worsens as we age, and many older adults pay the price, faced with daily fatigue and an increased risk of health issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and memory problems. Losing Sleep? “Pink Noise” Might Be the Answer Medical professionals recommend a range of strategies to seniors who struggle with sleep disorders, including reduced caffeine

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Is it Normal Memory Loss or Dementia?

Is it Normal Memory Loss or Dementia?

We’ve all had it happen – forgetting a person’s name or not being able to find the right word. Maybe you miss an appointment or misplace the TV remote. Some memory loss is only natural with age, but the question is often asked – is this just normal aging, or is it the beginning of something bigger? Is it Normal Memory Loss or Dementia? While minor memory loss is common with aging, it is not inevitable. Dementia, on the other hand, is generally a progressive condition originating in a specific disease or neurological disorder. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of

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Tips Dealing with Knee Problems

Tips Dealing with Knee Problems

How many seniors deal with knee pain and problems? Today in the U.S., joint replacement surgeons perform close to 700,000 knee-replacement surgeries. It the most frequently performed joint-replacement surgeries of our time and by 2030, we can expect that number to grow to 3.5 million. But patients under 60 will account for over 50 percent of the growth. Tips Dealing with Knee Problems I am one who experiences knee problems and avoids stress-related workouts and activities that require running and jumping and a lot of bending. I engage in more moderate activities like walking. But there are a few more that

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Is Arthritis Limiting your Activity?

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of adult pain and disability in the United States.  It is a symptom of more than 150 diseases, symptoms, and rheumatic conditions that includes osteoarthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia.  Most patients overlook the early symptoms of arthritis assuming the pain is a result of over-use. Is Arthritis Limiting your Activity? Osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. It is associated with a wearing down of the cartilage in joints.  Most commonly affecting the weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees, and spine. Typically, osteoarthritis usually does not affect other joints unless previous injury, excessive

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Getting Good Sleep fights Alzheimers

Getting Good Sleep fights Alzheimers

Recent studies have shown that getting plenty of quality sleep can help prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s. It is a well-known fact that sleeping is necessary for proper brain health as it gives the organ an opportunity to rest and recharge. But did you know that while you are sleeping, the brain also processes memories and thoughts from the day? And because Alzheimer’s is a memory loss disease, one can see how the lack of quality sleep might affect your brain negatively. Getting Good Sleep fights Alzheimers  What links sleep and Alzheimer’s disease is a formation of protein

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Managing Diabetes in Older Adults

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults as a Caregiver If you provide care for an older family member, there’s a good chance you need to help them manage diabetes or their risk of becoming diabetic. More than 29 million Americans are diabetics, and another 86 million are at risk of developing diabetes due to high blood sugar. Diabetes is especially common in older adults – more than a quarter of American seniors are currently managing diabetes. Managing Diabetes in Older Adults The good news for caregivers is that by educating yourself on diabetes, you can play an active role in managing your

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Home Care for Osteoporosis

Home Care for Osteoporosis

As we grow older, bone health becomes increasingly important. That’s especially true for seniors coping with osteoporosis and those at high risk of developing it. If you provide home care for a family member who is dealing with osteoporosis, it’s important that you know how to manage the difficulties and risks of this condition. Home Care for Osteoporosis To help, the team at Visiting Angels has put together this short guide to home care for osteoporosis. In it, we’ve included many of the same guidelines that our professional caregivers follow when caring for seniors with osteoporosis. We hope you’ll find this

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How a Massage Chair Helped My Osteoarthritis

How a Massage Chair Helped My Osteoarthritis

Touching Testimonial about the Perfect Chair PC-LiVE I have Osteoarthritis in my spine, hips, knees, and ankles. I have had a spinal fusion (ACDF) of C3-C7 in my cervical spine. I am in constant pain in my neck, upper and lower back. I also have pain and muscle spasms in my shoulders and between my shoulder blades. Also, pain in my knees and ankles from the degeneration from osteoarthritis. Very few things decrease that pain. Norco and muscle relaxers help when it’s at its worst, but I don’t take either regularly. I just choose to deal with chronic pain. How

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