Infection prevention strategies to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic are especially challenging in long-term care environments as residents may have a difficult time in following recommended infection prevention practices, such as social …
The National Institutes of Health has awarded an $11 million grant to Pennington Biomedical Research Center scientists to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, according to a news release.
The coronavirus has taken something from every individual and the social isolation and loneliness compounds situations as well as making caregiving much more complex.
Baby boomers have driven the current growth of the population 65 and older to an unprecedented time in U.S. history. This generation has brought both challenges and opportunities to the economy, infrastructure and institutions.
On April 7, Karin Shetler awoke in the middle of the night to a toe that was throbbing violently. She threw back the covers to reveal her purple-colored middle toe.
Those with diabetes can get healthy lifestyle information in Wednesday sessions on Facebook Live hosted by registered dietitians from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
Most people know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to avoid the spread of the coronavirus in public, but what about within our homes?
Extra challenges in maintaining good nutrition may be encountered during this world health crisis. Though nutritional recommendations should remain basically unchanged, someone with Alzheimer's or dementia might be experiencing some anxiety which …
Wandering is very common in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and can occur at any stage of the disease journey. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s will wander.
You can be part of a new study that will examine how coronavirus is affecting health behaviors in people worldwide.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments tend to mirror the emotions of those around them, which is known as emotional contagion.
As Alzheimer's causes more brain cells to die, it takes away the individual’s judgment and ability to reason that the image in front of them is his or her own reflection.
Fred Rogers, of that oh-so-famous "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," recalled that when he was a child and was alarmed by disasters on the news, his mother told him: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
There are many innovations and assistive technologies available now that can ease caregiver responsibilities and promote greater independence and a quality of life for the person affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
It’s natural that your first response with your loved one having Alzheimer’s disease would be to try to fix him and/or the disease. But Alzheimer’s is an illness that cannot be fixed, and we feel helpless and uncomfortable that it is uncontrollabl…
Just because an individual has Alzheimer's or dementia does not mean his or her spirituality is lost. On the contrary, the spirituality of the person is still carried beyond levels of communication that others may not observe or understand. There …
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome addressed the public Tuesday morning to discuss how Louisiana health officials are preparing for the state's first potential case of the coronavirus.
A review in the Journal of Clinical Nursing on the effects of sensory stimulation concluded that most kinds of sensory stimulation reduced agitation, anxiety, aggression, depression and improved the quality of life for those with Alzheimer's.
Though it might be challenging to travel with someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible. However, travel might not be feasible or safe for someone in the later stages of the disease. Use your best judgement in making …
The five “A’s” of Alzheimer’s disease refer to the five common cognitive disabilities in all types of dementia — amnesia, aphasia, apraxia, agnosia and anomia.
Women 18 and older can get free health screenings and fitness demonstrations and take part in a variety of fun and informative educational sessions on health topics during the 20th annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women.
Many people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or dementia also show signs of cardiovascular disease, and postmortem studies reveal that the brains of many Alzheimer's patients show signs of vascular disease, which some scientists speculate could …
A new seminar for seniors, "Ready For 70?," will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Casual Worship Center of Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge.
A free "Fitness Stroll," sponsored by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Bodystyle Personal Fitness, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge.
The Southern University Ag Center has set the dates for its "Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better" program in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Brain tumors and subdural hematomas are two brain conditions with symptoms very similar to dementia in that they can cause memory impairment, difficulty in communication, poor concentration, personality changes, problems performing routine tasks, …
Capital Area Human Services is sponsoring a three-part program, "Parenting Wisely," for parents seeking help with effective ways to improve and strengthen relationships with children, preteens and teens.
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.