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Medical NewsInteracting with Alzheimer’s Patients

Without a doubt, one of the saddest things that can happen with an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient is when family, friends and acquaintances desert those diagnosed due to fear, discomfort and misunderstanding of the disease. Being connected and involved with others is crucial for every human being, especially those with Read more…

Natural OptionsThe MIND Diet: Food Good for the Brain

We know that what you eat can affect your heart health, and new research indicates that the same is true for your brain. The MIND diet – which stands for the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay – takes foods from the Mediterranean and DASH diets that medical literature and data Read more…

Medical NewsAnother Reason to Exercise: Your Memory

January is usually a time of renewed commitment to improving one’s health. Diet and exercise are at the top of the list. While we know that exercise helps strengthen bones and muscles, reduces stress and the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, there’s another reason: physical activity benefits the brain. Read more…

Through the GenerationsHome for the Holidays

The holidays can bring both great joy and great stress. It’s often a time when family members who live elsewhere come “home” – with expectations and extra demands associated with preparations for and celebrations of the holiday season. Being a family caregiver of someone with dementia can bring an even Read more…

Integrated PracticesSocialization Important for Alzheimer’s Patients

In the past, whenever Alzheimer’s was mentioned, as a society and community, we focused on the tragedy and sadness of this disease’s inevitable outcome. Today there is a different outlook: While Alzheimer’s is a disease, it is a person with a disease, and the focus should be on that person’s Read more…

Integrated PracticesThe Connection between Alzheimer’s and Diabetes

It would be too easy to simmer the development of Alzheimer’s and other dementias down to a single etiology. Rarely are things so simple. Still the connection between dementia and diabetes has been acknowledged for many years now. Many have gone so far as to use the term “type-3 diabetes” Read more…

Medical NewsLocal Dementia Care Training Offered

While there are over 5.7 million people living with Alzheimer’s today, there are 16 million more caring for loved ones affected. Added to that number are the many paid health professionals who provide care and support for the 24/7 management often required.  In the Coachella Valley, it is estimated that Read more…

Medical NewsU.S. POINTER Aims at Change

In summer 2018, the Alzheimer’s Association will launch the first-ever U.S.-based study to examine the effects of lifestyle interventions for seniors at high-risk for cognitive decline. The 2-year clinical trial will enroll 2,500 participants from health systems across the country, and intervention categories will include: healthy nutrition physical activity social Read more…

Desert EventsAlzheimers Coachella Valley Offers Innovative Program

Alzheimers Coachella Valley (ACV), the new community-based nonprofit organization now open at the Berger Foundation Center, launched a new innovative support group called “Traveling the Journey Together.” The first-of-its kind program includes both the person diagnosed with dementia and the care-partner. The eight-week series is facilitated by Edie Keller, Licensed Read more…

Medical NewsCaring for the Caregiver

In the March/April 2017 issue of Desert Health®, Dr. Lu introduced a pilot program being conducted by a team of doctors at Eisenhower Medical Center. The results of that intervention program follow. It is estimated that 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017. Most people with Alzheimer’s Read more…

Natural OptionsA Multi-modality Approach to Alzheimer’s

It has been over 100 years since Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, first described a patient with the advanced neurodegenerative brain disease that today bears his name. Since that time, Alzheimer’s disease has been without an effective treatment. That may be changing. Recent research under the direction of Dale Read more…

Integrated PracticesCaring for the Caregiver

Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. A new case of Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed every 66 seconds. By mid-century, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States is projected to grow to 13.8 million. Between 2000 and 2013, deaths resulting from Read more…

Medical NewsNovember is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s disease awareness month, proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Alzheimer’s disease currently afflicts more than 5 million persons in the United States, and 1 in 3 seniors will die with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. There were over 15 million caregivers treating dementia patients in 2015, Read more…

Integrated PracticesHormones and Alzheimer’s

Do we age because we lose our hormones or do we lose our hormones because we age? This is an interesting question because as a population we are living longer than ever before, but the question really needs to be about our quality of life as we age. Today, everyone Read more…

Through the GenerationsSummer and Senior Care

The average adult human body is made up of 0-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. We need fluid for our systems to properly function; while we must all be alert to our hydration practices, older adults and those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia need special attention. “Organs pull water from Read more…

Through the GenerationsFiction Tells Real Stories

“So now what do I do?” “Why are they behaving this way?” “Where do I find answers to all the questions I have?” These are outcries I hear from family caregiver/partner clients and audiences regularly. In addition to providing them a general overview and explanation about particulars, I offer my Read more…

Medical NewsAlzheimer’s, Dementia or Just Aging?

It’s very common to fear what we don’t understand and then hide behind blinders, living in denial or buried in fear. This pattern usually causes more problems than are necessary. This is certainly true around the subject of memory loss. We see some changes in ourselves or a loved one Read more…

Through the GenerationsDementia and Alzheimer’s Family Caregiving 101

Your ability to survive the all-consuming role of caregiver /partner for those with memory loss will depend on many things, but expanded knowledge and acceptance are paramount. Knowledge. Know thy enemy.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that there are 85-90 different types of dementias.  Alzheimer’s represents some 70% Read more…

Through the GenerationsDementia and Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Did you know that 70% of the family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia will develop a chronic, life-altering condition or succumb before their loved one? This is a fact from the National Alzheimer’s Association. I know first-hand how daunting the role of family caregiver/partner Read more…

InspirationHealth is a Choice: Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova had a dream. She wanted to someday write a book, but as a Harvard-trained neuroscientist, her family and colleagues laughed at the thought. Ironically, life circumstances led her to that dream sooner than expected, while her grandmother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s led her to the valuable research that made Read more…