Archive | Health

Alcohol consumption and the risk of developing dementia

Some of the detrimental effects of heavy alcohol use on brain function are similar to those observed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Although alcohol use may be a risk factor for AD, it is difficult to study this relationship because of similarities between alcoholic dementia and AD and because standard diagnostic criteria for alcoholic dementia have not yet been developed.

Read the full story

Posted in Health0 Comments

Local foundation helps with testing and treatment of Lyme disease

Region – Lyme disease is one of the most misunderstood and controversial diseases across our country. Getting properly diagnosis and treatment options are extremely difficult. I quickly found this out after losing my Mom, Jeanne to complications from untreated late-stage Lyme disease. Mom was full of life until she developed a rash on her upper back while spending the winter in Florida in early 2011. The non-blistering rash was quickly diagnosed as shingles and she was prescribed a steroid. Her health would never be the same after that.

Read the full story

Posted in Health0 Comments

Silent stroke leading to dementia

By Micha Shalev A stroke can be dramatic—and devastating. As part of the brain is starved of its blood supply, cells may die. If a large number of brain cells die, with them may go some of a person’s ability to speak, move, and remember. Yet there is also another type of stroke—one that is […]

Read the full story

Posted in Caregiver, Health0 Comments

Restoring quality of life – The lifelong mission of Dr. Charles Birbara

There are very few Americans who have not been touched by arthritis in some way. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend or for the many who suffer themselves, the disease is all around us. Currently one out of five adults has been officially diagnosed as having some form of arthritis. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of adults who will have the disease is expected to top 67 million within the next 15 years.

Read the full story

Posted in Health, News0 Comments

Chair yoga instructor helps seniors with physical and emotional balance

Nearly 10 years ago, Joanne Laubacher was at a crossroads of sorts. Like many women, she was juggling a career while taking care of her family which included her three children and her mother, who was facing serious medical challenges.

As she visited her mother in the different facilities where she was being treated, Laubacher was struck, she said, by many of the other seniors she met who were “vibrant, eager to learn something new and very funny.”

Read the full story

Posted in Features, Health0 Comments

Stretch it out!

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as we age, muscles lose their elasticity unless used regularly, leading to stiffness and soreness. Stretching is the best way to regain and improve flexibility, helping seniors remain active and independent.

By incorporating some simple stretching exercises into your routine, you can greatly improve your flexibility, as well as enhance your balance, posture and circulation, relieve pain and stress, and prevent injuries.

Read the full story

Posted in Health0 Comments