Supporting those with Alzheimer's
In the early stages of dementia, the person may withdraw from activities he or she previously enjoyed. It is important to help the person remain engaged. Having an open discussion around any concerns and making slight adjustments can make a difference. For example, a large social gathering may be overwhelming, but the person may be able to interact more successfully in smaller groups.
As Alzheimer's progresses, you may need to make other adjustments to the activity. Use the following tips:
February is the Month of Love and Heart Health
“Home is where the heart is.” If that’s the case, then it’s important to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease isn’t inevitable for older adults. Certainly, there can be genetic factors, but with a good diet, exercise program and prevention care plan, older adults can live a long healthy life that does not include heart disease.
Heart disease can strike anyone, but older adults are hit the hardest. According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease affects 21% of men in the sixty to seventy-nine age range and 10% of women of the same age. Men are more likely to have a heart attack at an earlier age than women (64 years of age for men and 72 years of age for women).
Different Gender, Different Symptoms
It’s important to keep in mind that symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks in men and women are not always the same. Both men and women can feel an extraordinary pressure on their chest as a warning signal of a heart attack, however, many women experience less intense warning signs that may easily be mistaken for other, less serious disorders such as influenza or acid reflux.
Women should be aware of the following warning signs which may actually indicate a heart attack. Quick response and immediate treatment may save your life or the life of a loved one:
Older adults need to be proactive when it comes to their health care. Heart attacks are the number one cause of death in U.S. women and one out of three women die from heart attacks – that is one woman every minute. Unfortunately, as most women have heart attacks at an older age, they are more likely to die from the attack. Of all individuals that have heart attacks, 80% who die as a result are sixty-five and older. Having a heart disease care plan can keep you from becoming a statistic.
Atrial Fibrilation & Other Heart Diseases
As bad as heart disease is, it can contribute to other even more debilitating conditions such as strokes, angina pectoris, medical procedures, and atrial fibrillation to name a few.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body.” Atrial fibrillation causes the upper two chambers of the heart to beat irregularly and out of sync with the lower chambers. Warning signs can include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and general weakness. If this is something you suffer from, it is important to have an atrial fibrillation care plan to avoid trips to the emergency room.
Here are a few important items to keep in mind to help you formulate a heart disease care plan.