Surprised by Symptoms: Parkinson’s Disease is More than Movement

For the nearly 1 million Americans who live with Parkinson’s disease, experiencing and learning to adapt to lifestyle changes is a major aspect of coping with the disease. While they and their care partners may anticipate difficulties with movement, including symptoms such as tremors and stiffness, many are unprepared for non-motor symptoms that may also accompany a Parkinson’s diagnosis. To learn more about how these non-motor symptoms affect the lives of those living with and caring for a person with Parkinson’s, a non-profit organization called the Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMDAlliance) surveyed more than 650 people with Parkinson’s and

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Personal Story about Parkinson’s Disease

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Seeing What is Not There Is it possible to see what is not there? For people with Parkinson’s disease, the answer may be yes! It is estimated that nearly half of all people with Parkinson’s disease may experience hallucinations, or seeing things that others do not, or delusions, which are fixed, false beliefs over the course of their disease. Over time, it can be hard for some to understand what is real and what is not. Dan Sees the World and More Dan M., 61, spent his life serving his community. He was stationed all over the United States and

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How can you Live a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle and Why is it Important?

In recent years a major recurring theme has taken center stage in scientific research on the human brain: The lifestyle a person leads plays a major factor in how the brain ages and can directly affect the arc of memory-impairing diseases. From diet and exercise to stress management and social interaction, there are very few parts of a person’s lifestyle that don’t affect how their brain will age. Though the level of detail provided by these studies can vary greatly, there has never been a better understanding of how the lifestyle choices a person can make to increase their chances

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Improve Your Heart Health at Home and Work

How many people do you think suffer from heart issues? A couple of million, maybe? That, unfortunately, would be vastly underestimating the total number. In fact, 92.1 million Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease. Maybe they are recovering from a heart attack, for example. Or maybe they have a different form of heart disease. For these people, heart health is a primary concern. But it should be a concern for all of us, and we should be concerned about it every minute of the day—including when we are at work. At work or at home, what we eat—too

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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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