His patients know him as Dr. Sanjay Juneja, but on the social media sites TikTok, YouTube and Instagram, he is TheOncDoc to his almost half-million followers.
In 1999, famous musician Yo-Yo Ma was traveling from New York’s Central Park to Fifth Avenue to prepare for a concert later in Brooklyn. He reached his destination and as his taxi drove away, Ma realized he had left his $2.5 million, 266-year-old …
The Baton Rouge chapter of the Scleroderma Support Group will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in Suite C1 in The Settlement shopping center, 7809 Jefferson Highway.
“Despite memory’s obvious benefits, it can also let us down,” says Daniel Schacter, author of "The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers." "Memory, for all that it does for us every day … for all the feats that can sometimes ama…
Join others to raise money to support cancer patients in a yoga session at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Baton Rouge General's campus on Bluebonnet Boulevard.
Memory is the process of absorbing information around us, processing it, storing it and then later recalling and retrieving that information. Our ability to remember and to recall our past is what links us to our families, our friends and our community.
Aspartame is a common sugar-free sweetener that has been in the United States since the early 1980s. It's found in over 6,000 products, including Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Crystal Light and Kool-Aid. It is also sold under brand names such as NutraSwe…
Elaine K. Sanchez will talk about "Finding Hope, Humor & Heart in Caregiving: Seven Strategies for Caregiver Survival" as the keynote speaker for Alzheimer’s Services' 27th annual Education Conference on April 14-15.
Do you sometimes misplace your keys or eyeglasses? Forget someone’s name momentarily? Occasionally search for a word or phrase that is on the tip of your tongue?
Isolation and social distancing during the pandemic has become the norm, and it has been challenging for caregivers to find activities that keep their loved ones engaged and content.
Teresa Soileau fought a losing battle with weight for most of her 32 years. She tried fad diets. She tried starving herself. The lifelong Denham Springs resident said she even tried illegal drugs to suppress her appetite.
Unless activities are tailored to the affected person's needs and abilities, he or she is unlikely to participate. So, the more you know about that person, the better a personalized activity plan can be formed and implemented.
Some people with Alzheimers, as the disease progresses and cognitive functions decline, may cry excessively whether or not they are unhappy. He or she cannot control the display of emotions, and sometimes finds it difficult to regain normal composure.
No treatment plan is perfect for those with Alzheimer’s disease, but massage/touch therapies can provide viable interventions and increase quality of life, curb and calm disruptive behaviors, improve blood circulation levels and generally lift an …
Klüver-Bucy syndrome is named after its discoverers — the late Henrich Klüver, who was an experimental psychologist, and the late Dr. Paul Bucy, who was a neurosurgeon.
Capital Area Human Services is sponsoring a free online forum, “Hope & Healing in Response to the Opioid Crisis,” to share practical information and resources created for faith-based leaders to help them respond to the opioid epidemic and meet…
It is difficult for people to talk about Alzheimer's because it is a fearful and debilitating disease that affects over 5 million Americans.
You’ve probably heard the joke: “I made a resolution to lose 10 pounds during the pandemic, and I’m only 15 pounds away from my goal.”
When an individual cannot make important decisions for himself or herself, a judge appoints someone called the conservator or guardian to make decisions. The conservator has the legal backing of the court in all decisions, including finances, medi…
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that has no cure. There's no way to slow or stop its progression, and there's no proven way to prevent it.
Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a daunting task, and one in which most caregivers get burned out and break down emotionally and/or become physically ill.
The good news: Use of tobacco products declined among U.S. middle and high school students from 2019 to 2020, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration.
Fibromyalgia affects about 10 million people in the U.S. and is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain accompanied by symptoms such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and fatigue. Additionally, those with fibromyalgia also fr…
Why do some people benefit so much from exercise while others enjoy few health gains or even suffer harm? Does age matter when it comes to exercise’s health benefits? Are there “molecular signatures” — sets of genes, proteins and other variables —…
Attempting to preserve traditions, hold family celebrations and prepare holiday foods can all be stressful and overwhelming for the Alzheimer’s caregiver in normal times. Trying to get through it during the coronavirus pandemic can add more layers…
Louisiana's Hunter Hayes will guest host an episode of mental health research nonprofit One Mind’s “Brain Waves” live webcast show at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.
Communication is relational so staying connected in the late stage of the disease is key to maintaining the affected person's sense of self and quality of life.
"Some experts would put psychotherapy on the same par as medication treatment. Others would say there's evidence it's even more effective in early stages." That from a report on everydayhealth.com posted by Dr. Christopher Callahan, an aging resea…
According to the American Lung Association, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and causes over 480,000 deaths every year.
Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is highly stressful, and getting through the holiday season can be particularly difficult.
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that impact memory, communication abilities and activities of daily activities. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, affecting between 60% and 80% of the people with dementia.
The Louisiana chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is convening a diverse group of experts who specialize in caring for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia for a conference Nov. 11-13.
About 5% of the Alzheimer’s population has the younger-onset form of the disease, which develops between the ages of 30 and 60.
Caregiving does not cause depression. However, caregivers often overlook their own self-care because they are diligently trying to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death that has no prevention, treatment or cure. Many misconceptions and myths surround the debilitating, neurogenerative disease.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, local blood provider Vitalant and food delivery company Waitr are partnering to launch a two-week blood drive to help Baton Rouge patients through life-saving blood and plasma donations.
As Alzheimer’s disease develops, one of the first affected areas in the brain is the hippocampus, which is responsible for forming memories.
As Amber Johnson drove to the hospital on Mardi Gras morning with her 5-year-old son Ethan screaming in pain from the back seat, she said a prayer.
Because Alzheimer’s disease affects each individual differently, the causes of incontinence (loss of bladder and bowel control) can vary.
Changes do occur in many aspects of relationships between the affected person and his or her caregiver during the course of the disease. These changes, however, do not diminish a person’s need for love and affection.
Most caregivers will experience feelings of loneliness to some degree in their Alzheimer’s caregiving journey. The isolation during this COVID-19 pandemic especially exacerbates these feelings, causing anxiety and stress, depression and sleep depr…
The very first sense we acquire is the sense of touch. Unfortunately, touching is not a usual part of daily routine care for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia.