Elder mediation aims to address conflicting issues in families and in institutions and provides a forum for family decision-making.
For some caregivers, it is difficult to feel gratitude, to have a thankful spirit during the journey of Alzheimer’s disease with a loved one.
Primary progressive aphasia is a frontotemporal disorder marked by progressive losses in language ability, which includes speaking, comprehending, reading and writing. The word aphasia is a general term used to refer to deficits in language functions.
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The older we get, the more likely we are to fall. Local doctors and therapists have forged an unusual arrangement to prevent that from happening.
Frontotemporal dementia or frontotemporal degeneration refers to a range of disorders that impact the brain’s frontal lobes (regions behind the forehead) or its temporal lobes (regions behind the ears). These areas of the brain are commonly associ…
Cinnamon is full of antioxidants and has been shown to assist in inflammation in the body, cuts the risk of heart disease, fights bacterial and fungal infections, treats digestion and can even lower blood sugar.
A consortium of Louisiana’s leading biomedical research institutions, headed by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center partnered with LSU and Tulane Health Science Centers in New Orleans, will investigate the mysteries of “long COVID” under a N…
It is important for individuals with Alzheimer’s to stay moving, but it is not always possible because of the progression of the disease or medications.
A professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center is leading a new study to investigate how the brain and body fat communicate to control the production and release of leptin, a feedback hormone that helps regulate appetite and the number of ca…
Tea drinkers seem to have better organized brain regions, which is associated with healthy cognitive function, according to a study led by Professor Feng Lei, of the National University of Singapore.
Caregivers often receive advice regarding the importance of caring for their own health and well-being as they journey with their loved ones through Alzheimer’s disease.
Suicide is a public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States. In a 2019 report by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the suicide rate was highest among adults 85 years or older, and 90% of those who died by sui…
Various studies estimate that seniors in the U.S. are scammed out of anywhere from $3 billion to $37 billion a year.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Baton Rouge General, along with Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates have signed a letter of intent to expand access to cancer care with a focus on treatment closer to where patients live.
Young people are facing unique challenges during the COVID-19 crisis — the loneliness and isolation of social distancing, missed milestones and even reentry anxiety.
Hypersexuality can be defined as extremely frequent or suddenly increased sexual urges or sexual activity.
The social isolation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is the core of chronic loneliness for many older adults, who have been staying home to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Because of the nature of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, it's probable that the affected individual will be hospitalized at some point.
Once, the moment your key turned in the lock, your dog was there to greet you. Or, if someone stepped on to the porch, your pooch barked an alarm.
Many children struggle with caregiving decisions regarding a parent or parents with whom they have had complicated relationships, especially if they were physically, emotionally or sexually abused.
The saying "age is just a number" is particularly true for track and field legends Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins and Diane "Flash" Friedman.
Though researchers can’t pinpoint why individuals have different presentations of Alzheimer's disease, one thing most people experience at the onset is short-term memory problems.
Telehealth is a promising way to reach and support people with dementia and their caregivers at home and also a way to help insure people have access to much-needed care and education.
Mental Health America conducted a survey of health care workers during COVID-19 from June 2020 through September. Responses showed 93% of health care workers were stressed, 86% anxious, 77% frustrated, 75% overwhelmed and 75% exhausted and feeling…
When someone has a history of alcohol abuse and also develops Alzheimer’s disease, the situation can become very challenging for caregivers to manage.
Baton Rouge General is launching The Healthy Men Project to encourage men ages 30-50 to be more proactive about their health and set workable goals.
The Baton Rouge chapter of the Scleroderma Support Group will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, in Suite C1 in The Settlement shopping center, 7809 Jefferson Highway.
In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Biogen's Aduhelm, the first Alzheimer's medication in nearly 20 years.
Whether you are an hour away or live in a different state, long-distance caregiving is often a challenge, especially because you want to be an integral part in the care of your loved one with Alzheimer’s.
It can be difficult to discern when or how to reveal your Alzheimer's diagnosis to close family members. It might be helpful to write your thoughts down before talking with anyone.
Keeping your sense of well-being after such a difficult diagnosis can be tough; it's hard to feel healthy or happy.
Baton Rouge General, 8490 Picardy Ave., will host its first “Find the Right Fit” event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 12.
–A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease may be suspected or may come as a complete surprise. Either way, the news is difficult to absorb, and someone hearing it may be at a loss as to how to process the information.
Persistent memories are those unwanted recollections of the past, memories that can torment and cause despair and depression. These memories are often difficult to put aside or forget.
The radiology department at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is undergoing a colorful transformation to help calm its young patients.
People 65 and older went to the emergency room more than 2.4 million times in 2018, with most of those visits the results of a fall, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In our memory, perceptions are filtered by our own personal experiences, beliefs, knowledge and even our moods. These biases affect our perceptions and experiences. When a memory is retrieved, those biases can influence what information we recall.
Adults 65 years and older who are fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people of the same age who were not vaccinated, according to a new assessment from th…
Suggestive refers to our brain’s tendency to misremember the source of memories. In other words, our memories are vulnerable to the power of suggestion.
A program to promote awareness of women's health issues, “Health Matters: A Conversation about Women’s Health,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 11.
Misattribution occurs when you remember something correctly for the most part, but some detail, such as time or place or the person involved, isn't right.
Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is presenting a three-session online series on "Making Cents of Sense Financial Literacy" in May.
Ochsner Health is hosting a Facebook Live session on the COVID-19 vaccine for those with special needs and caregivers. Viewers can submit questions on the event page.