Dr. Derrick Spell knew he had gained weight over the years, but one memorable week in 2013 finally made him take steps to do something about it.
In 2017, Donney Rose was writing Facebook updates in celebration of Black History Month and wanted to take it a step further than just talking about historical black figures. He wanted to celebrate everyday black life.
Human beings are not perfect, and Alzheimer's caregivers cannot expect themselves to maintain a perfect attitude all the time.
Worry, another of the seven emotions associated with caregiving, is a state of anxiety and doubt over genuine or potential problems.
Interest in herbs, particularly medicinal herbs, is growing rapidly, but it can be hard to find accurate information on best uses of herbs, dosages, growing them and whether they could interact with medications.
An often suppressed and sometimes unrecognized emotion in what's called the seven deadly emotions of Alzheimer's caregiving is caregiver resentment, a feeling of unfairness or irritation. And it's something caregivers rarely share with others.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States and the world. The condition is a group of neurodegenerative eye diseases that leads to damage of the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss and possibly blindness. Like g…
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is frightening and life-changing, to say the least. There are many unanswered questions, fears and anxieties of the unknown.
Scams calls and emails are mere annoyances to most, but to older people, they can be a threat, causing confusion, anxiety, and, in some cases, leading to financial ruin.
It can be difficult and bittersweet to have a traditional Father's Day when your dad has dementia. Many people who have dads affected by the disease often wonder if they should celebrate the day.
Summer can bring many challenges for someone with Alzheimer's disease, especially if he or she has other medical conditions. Protective measures and strategies should be in place to manage the summer's hot and humid conditions.
Researchers say it is still a mystery whether inflammation is a result of having Alzheimer's disease or whether the inflammatory process plays a role in its development. It is probable that inflammation can be a cause and effect of the debilitatin…
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, behavior and social abilities severely enough to affect activities of daily living. Simply, dementia is brain failure. The symptoms of dementia seem to w…
A new study highlighted in the journal Neurology in February reported staying both physically and mentally active in midlife (your 40s) may protect the brain decades later.
The most recent statistics on childhood obesity in the United States are startling: Nearly 1 in 5 youngsters ages 6 to 19 is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These recipes are among the 23 featured in the "Our Lifestyles, Our Lives" cookbook, which was compiled by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital with assistance from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Reluctance and fear from being separated from a primary caregiver, or separation anxiety, is a normal, healthy response and occurs regularly in those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
Alzheimer's disease affects many abilities, including memory, communication, behavior and thought processes. Typically, people with Alzheimer's in the moderate or middle stage can still read, but this ability will gradually decline through the pro…
The East Baton Rouge Parish parks and recreation system for the first time will be offering free swimming lessons to children this summer.
The news coming out of a recent meeting at the State Capitol on the welfare of the state’s children isn’t good, but it is appropriate the meeting took place in April, Child Abuse Awareness Month. In the latest ranking of how states take care of th…
After 32 years on the front lines of the battle against child abuse and neglect, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana is no longer in operation.
There may be only one conversation more difficult than telling children the facts of life. It’s telling loved ones what you want at the end of life.
Just as Alzheimer's disease is unique in each affected person, so are your children when it comes to discussions about the illness.
As the brains cells deteriorate in those affected by dementia, various physical problems also occur because the brain is no longer able to control the body as efficiently, which affects overall mobility.
After losing her son to drugs in 2015, Gwen Knox experienced a unique kind of grief. She felt some sense of relief that her son was no longer suffering, followed immediately by extreme guilt.
As city-parish leaders try to reduce transmission rates of HIV/AIDS by getting more lifesaving medications in the hands of those affected, the Metro Council on Wednesday agreed to disburse $4.5 million to six agencies for outreach and medical serv…
A 2016 study performed jointly by the University of Southamptom and King's College London reported a link between gum disease and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Age-related macular degeneration is a common eye condition and also a leading cause of vision loss among those 50 and older. The condition causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina, which is the area of the eye needed…
The 2019 Health Summit: Working Together for Louisiana’s Children and Families will be held Tuesday, April 2, at the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center.