Circadian rhythms impact many bodily functions, including sleep-wake cycles, hormone release and body temperature. Additionally, circadian rhythms have also been associated with sleep disorders, obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and …
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 40% of people with Alzheimer’s disease suffer from significant depression. Depression is very common in Alzheimer’s and usually manifests in the early and middle stages of the disease.
Well-meaning family members and friends often feel awkward and uncomfortable in conversations with someone who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and with their caregivers.
Music has often been described as a universal language, and studies have shown that music can affect brain waves, brain circulation and stress hormones.
When rushing to get your shopping done, it may be easy to nab the biggest and brightest toys that your child wants. But not all toys are what they seem; some can pose safety risks.
As we age, our feet flatten and become wider and the fatty padding wears down, leaving bones and joints more exposed to wear and tear.
The holidays are speeding ever closer, and not a day goes by when there's not a party or maybe drinks after work. Or someone decides to share Grandma's pecan pie or the cookies they baked last night.
Hospice care is a type and philosophy of care that centers on easing the pain and symptoms of a terminally or seriously ill patient and attending to that patient's emotional and spiritual needs. At end-stage Alzheimer's disease, the goal of hospic…
Dementia is a term used to describe a global malfunction of the brain, which causes memory loss and changes in behavior and personality for the affected person.
Many relatives return for the holidays to find their loved one has changed — physically, mentally or both.
Keeping individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia safe and warm during the cold winter months can be somewhat challenging as they are especially vulnerable to cold weather risks.
Placing a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in a long-term care setting is often stressful and worrisome, and it can be even more so if a decision must be made about placement in a specialized memory care unit.
About one in four seniors fall at least once a year, and falls are even more common for people who have Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, people with Alzheimer’s are three times more likely to fracture a hip when they fall, which can lead to furt…
Girls on the Run South Louisiana will celebrate 10 years and having served 10,000 girls in its after-school program with a 5K run at 2 p.m. Nov. 17.
When a loved one has Alzheimer's disease, impaired judgment makes it increasingly difficult to redirect one’s urge to urinate in appropriate places.
Capital Area Human Services is holding seminars on “Safe Medication Practices for Better Health” for older adults in partnership with the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging.
Typically, the task of caregiving falls to women. However, more and more men are taking on caregiving roles, and feel very unprepared for it.
The Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute in Florida defines Aquatic Therapy as the "use of water and specifically designed activity by qualified personnel to aid in the restoration, extension, maintenance and quality of function for person…
Quality staffing produces quality care. A contented staff elevates morale and instills loyalty, thus creating an overall positive environment which trickles down to consistent overall quality care of the residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Despite intensive, worldwide research efforts for more than three decades to better understand Alzheimer's disease, there are still numerous mysteries surrounding the condition.
Perseveration is the persistent repetition of a word, phrase or gesture despite discontinuing the original stimulus that led to the word, phrase or gesture. It is a very common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, most often beginning in the early stag…
A new family event, Game Plan for Health, is being held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Ochsner Medical Complex — The Grove, 10310 The Grove Blvd. (off Interstate 10 East between the Mall of Louisiana and Siegen Lane exits).
Dr. James Gordon, author of "The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma," will conduct several sessions in Baton Rouge.
The very nature of this debilitating brain disorder presents a host of moral and/or ethical challenges both for the affected person and the caregiver.
According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and the second leading cause of death for those ages 10-34.
In a recent study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association's Network Open, researchers tracked over 16,000 men and women and found that a new diagnosis of hearing loss between ages 45 and 65 more than doubled the odds of develop…
Elmo's going to be there, and you're invited to the Growing Every Day, Every Way event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, 6955 Florida Blvd.
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.