Monthly Archives: April 2016

What to expect when caring for someone with dementia

What to expect when caring for someone with dementia Early Severe Stage
Constipation is a special risk for those who are housebound or bedbound and don’t remember on their own to drink throughout the day. One way to remind someone with dementia — as well as his or her caregivers — about the need to stay hydrated is to fill a portable water bottle (or thermos with straw) in the morning and get in the habit of keeping it filled throughout the day.
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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ““ Norman Vincent Peale

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5 Ways to Cope With Dementia Hoarding

* Avoid discouraging the habit if it seems reassuring.
* Avoid giving the person anything you’d hate to lose (such as important papers).
* If something’s lost, offer a duplicate item and see where it goes.
* Use drawer and cupboard locks, so you have fewer places to search.
* Clear out areas of hoarded food regularly.

How to Grieve: 5 Myths That Hurt


Grief is a natural response to loss, and it can unfold in many ways. Unfortunately, well-intentioned onlookers — dubbed “grief police” by grief expert Robert Neimeyer, professor of psychology at the University of Memphis — often say things that mistakenly imply to the bereaved that there’s a “right” way to grieve.

Consider these all-too-common grief myths:

Myth #1: It’s possible to cry too much.

Everyone grieves differently. There’s no single correct way to express the pain, sorrow, yearning, and other aspects of the transition of adjusting to the death of a loved one. Intense responses are sometimes seen as “losing control,” when in fact they’re simply how that person is actively (and productively) processing the loss.

Myth #2: If you don’t cry now, it’ll be worse later.

Some people never cry. Tears or outward expressions of anguish simply aren’t everyone’s grieving style, says psychologist Neimeyer. This doesn’t mean they’re grieving less intensely than a visibly shaken individual, or that they loved the person who died any less. Nor does a lack of obvious emotion mean the griever has an emotional block or problem or will face a longer, more difficult adjustment to the loss.

Myth #3: Grief is something you “get over.”

Most people never stop grieving a death; they learn to live with it. Grief is a response, not a straight line with an endpoint. Many psychologists bristle at words such as “acceptance” or “resolution” or “healed” as a final stage of grief. The real stages of grief involve tasks of processing and adjustment that one returns to all through life.

Myth #4: Time heals slowly but steadily.

Time is the commodity through which a grieving person sorts through the effects and meaning of a loss. But that process isn’t a steady fade-out, like a photograph left in the sun. Grief is a chaotic roller coaster — a mix of ups, downs, steady straight lines, and the occasional slam. Periods of intense sadness and pain can flare and fade for years or decades.

Myth #5: Grieving should end after a set amount of time.

Ignore oft-quoted rules of thumb that purport to predict how long certain types of grief should last. A downside to six-week or eight-week bereavement groups, says Sherry E. Showalter, a psychotherapist specializing in grief and the author of Healing Heartaches: Stories of Loss and Life, is that at the end of the sessions, people mistakenly expect to be “better” (or their friends expect this). “Everyone tells me the same story: ‘I failed Grief 101,’ because they still feel pain,” Showalter says. “We grieve for a lifetime, because we’re forever working to incorporate the death into our own tapestry of life.”

Learning how to grieve is ultimately part instinct, part stumbling along, part slogging along — a bit like learning how to live.

The Truth About Type 2 Diabetes

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The Truth About Type 2 Diabetes
There’s a lot of information to absorb after you get diagnosed. Do you have to give up sweets? Can you have the disease without showing any symptoms? Get the facts.

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Diabetes Action Alert

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My relationship with diabetes is deeply-rooted and close to my heart. It stems from the most important thing in my life: my family. Diabetes didn’t just take my father’s legs; it gave my family and me a new perspective on life. When I run for a touchdown, I run for my dad and the yards he can no longer run.

Because of my dad, I’m joining other professional football players and diabetes advocates in just a few days to tell Congress about how important it is to support diabetes research and programs.


We need your help! We want to have 50,000 signatures on the Stop Diabetes® petition to show Congress that people across the country care about diabetes. But we’re going to Congress soon and we’re short of this goal. Will you add your name today?

30 million Americans live with diabetes and 86 million more have prediabetes. And with every American who develops diabetes, another person faces terrible life-threatening complications.

After signing the petition, help us reach our goal by emailing the petition to your friends and family, and post it on your Facebook and Twitter.

Counting on your support!

Rashad Jennings
Diabetes Ambassador
American Diabetes Association

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Why Knees Pop and Knuckles Crack

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Take these steps to help loosen stiff joints, dodge injury, and avoid aches.
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Is Knuckle Cracking Harmful?
It’s annoying, but can it actually cause arthritis? We hand you the answer.
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Osteoarthritis Warning Signs
Most people over 60 have “wear-and-tear arthritis.” Watch for these symptoms.