There is nothing more devastating than when one’s family or loved one suffers from a stroke. A stroke occurs when the brain is deprived of blood either due to the blockage of arteries or a rupture in a weak blood vessel of the brain that causes blood to leak into the brain. In either case, the brain becomes deprived of proper blood flow, leading brain cells to die. The quicker a stroke is diagnosed, the quicker doctors can treat the patient to supply proper blood flow to the brain in order to mitigate the effects of a stroke. In many cases, patients need to undergo rehabilitation to recover from one. Rehabilitation Stroke recovery can take time – but perhaps more disheartening is the emotional and physical toll of seeing how one switches from normally functioning to a debilitating state in an instant, suddenly becoming reliant on others’ care. Unfortunately, strokes…> Read More
Astrophysicists were fascinated by Stephen Hawking, while medical experts were astounded by the 55 years he lived with ALS. The famed physicist was considered a miracle to pass away at the age of 76. Nobody has been found to have lived with the disease for that long. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS and motor neuron disease. Many die just a few months after the diagnosis. The chance of surviving more than a decade is only ten percent. Some medical experts believe Hawking’s long life can be attributed to the development of his disease at an early stage in life. There is no medical evidence to back this theory besides that a younger body can cope with disease better. The average age to be diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease is between forty and seventy. The youth theory was considered by British neurologists in the British…> Read More
According to C-Care, there are numerous ways to improve cardiovascular health for seniors. This includes increasing healthy habits like exercise and neglecting unhealthy ones such as alcohol consumption and smoking. Nutrition comprises a big part of maintenance and prevention of related heart diseases and stroke. To ensure a healthy cardiovascular system, heed the following nutritional measures: Get proper amounts of potassium as it is a vital mineral that assists in lowering blood pressure, and prevent strokes. To boost cardiac health, consume the following potassium-rich foods: beans and legumes, yogurt, milk (1% or fat-free), vegetable juice, bananas (both green and ripe) and potatoes. Moreover, other food items containing potassium can be incorporated into your diet and snacks. An elderly should consume the right amount of healthy fats, while staying away from saturated and unhealthy fats. Making food items rich in Omega 3 fatty acids should be a regular dietary routine. Fish…> Read More
Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory and cognitive abilities. There are over 100 diseases and conditions that can mimic Alzheimer’s, so it is easy to immediately think you or a loved one have developed this incurable scourge. Fortunately, many other conditions that are similar to Alzheimer’s disease are treatable. We will highlight the most common early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and then discuss 8 other conditions that are similar. Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms Memory loss that affects daily life, especially recently learned information. Driving to familiar places may become difficult, or forgetting important dates, or the day of the week. Repetitive questioning is another early symptom. Difficulty solving problems or doing familiar tasks like paying bills and cooking dinner. Many tasks will take longer to do. Problems with words and vocabulary, both spoken and written. Changes in mood and/or personality, like confusion, suspicion, fear,…> Read More
If you have a senior family member who is determined to maintain their independence by remaining in their home, it would be wise to consider making some minor changes in order to make day-to-day living easier and safer. Just like new parents need to make homes “toddler proof” when there are little ones in the home, it’s just as important to make homes “senior safe.” Many accidents like falls, burns, and poisoning occur in the home. Which is why there should be no delay in properly inspecting each and every room to eliminate any problematic areas, and conducting a home safety audit. Many doctors recommend this practice be done once a year. Home should be a place where we are all safe. General Safety Checklist Move electrical cords from traffic areas anywhere in the home. Tape them to the wall or baseboard if helpful. Remove scatter rugs, especially those without…> Read More
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