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Alzheimer’s Poem: Do Not Ask Me to Remember

 

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer’s diseaseClarksville, TN – Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.

The following poem is for all the caregivers out there.

Alzheimer’s Poem: Do Not Ask Me to Remember

Alzheimer’s Poem: Do Not Ask Me to Remember

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Frazier Allen: Creating the Financial Plan for Those with Dementia

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – These five topics cover distinct financial-management issues and caregiving plans. Ideally, you will have these conversations with your loved one and that person’s financial advisor in the mild decline stage of Alzheimer’s, or even before the diagnosis.

If the disease has progressed beyond this period, you—or the designated power of attorney—may need to have these discussions solely with the advisor. It is important for you and the advisor to understand the source and destination of your loved one’s finances so you can help when the individual may no longer be able to communicate his or her wishes.

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease

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Frazier Allen: Caring for Your Loved One – The Three Stages of Decline

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – If you suspect a loved one is experiencing cognitive decline, it’s critical to discuss financial, legal and caregiving plans immediately.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that includes three basic stages: mild, moderate, and severe.

Denial is one serious challenge families often face with Alzheimer’s. Due to the progressive nature of the disease, people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have a limited window in which they will be able to articulate their wishes for future care, living arrangements, finances, and legal matters.

For this reason, it’s important for families to discuss their concerns and work through this denial phase in the mild stage of cognitive decline.

Start the conversation - Talk with your loved one about financial, legal, and caregiving plans. The earlier planning begins, the more involved your loved one will be in the process.

Start the conversation – Talk with your loved one about financial, legal, and caregiving plans. The earlier planning begins, the more involved your loved one will be in the process.

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Frazier Allen: 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TNEarly detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is vital to helping protect the financial future of those affected and their families.

Research shows declining financial skills are among the first symptoms to appear in people with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. More than 5 million Americans — including 1 in 9 people over age 65 — are living with Alzheimer’s and someone in the U.S. develops the disease every 67 seconds (source: The Alzheimer’s Association®).

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease

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Frazier Allen: 10 Symptoms of Caregiver Stress

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – It’s important to be aware of caregiver burnout. You cannot provide effective care if you neglect your own physical and mental well-being.

Caring for a loved one with dementia can take a physical and emotional toll. As demands grow, caregivers often report feelings of sadness, stress, guilt, anger, isolation, and depression. The Alzheimer’s Association® has prepared a list of ten signs of caregiver stress. A strained caregiver is unlikely to provide quality care to a friend or loved one with dementia.

Caring for a loved one can take it's toll on the Caregiver.

Caring for a loved one can take it’s toll on the Caregiver.

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APSU Posters at the Capitol; Representative Joe Pitts advances Legislation

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from last week.

House Bill 1514/Senate Bill 1730 (Sen. Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) the bill that will create the memorial sign program in honor and memory of innocent victims killed by drunk and/or impaired drivers, known as the Tyler Head Bill, passed the Transportation Full Committee and is headed to the Finance, Ways and Means Sub Committee.

APSU attends Posters-at-the-Capitol Day. Back Row – Representative Joe Pitts and Senator Mark Green with APSU students. Not Pictured – Representative Curtis Johnson and Representative Jay Reedy.

APSU attends Posters-at-the-Capitol Day. Back Row – Representative Joe Pitts and Senator Mark Green with APSU students. Not Pictured – Representative Curtis Johnson and Representative Jay Reedy.

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American Heart Association says clot buster treatment safe, effective for patients who required living assistance pre-stroke

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Intravenous clot busting may be safe and effective in patients who required daily living assistance prior to stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

A European multicenter study researched the effect of intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) – clot busting – among ischemic stroke patients with preexisting dependency – defined as unable to live alone without help from another person.

Brain Clot. (American Heart Association)

Brain Clot. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Speaking Multiple Languages linked to better Cognitive Functions after Stroke

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Bilingual patients were twice as likely as those who spoke one language to have normal cognitive functions after a stroke, in a study reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Previous research found bilingualism may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain Clot. (American Heart Association)

Brain Clot. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association say that Heart Health as Young Adult linked to mental function in Mid-Life

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX  – Being heart healthy as a young adult  may increase your chance of staying mentally sharp in mid-life, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

In a 25-year study on 3,381 people, 18- to 30-years-old, those with blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels slightly higher than the Association’s recommended guidelines, scored lower on cognitive function tests in their 40s and 50s. «Read the rest of this article»

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Potential cognitive decline from hearing loss could be avoided

 

Clarksville's Center For AudiologyClarksville, TN –  People who choose to seek treatment for hearing loss will be happy to know that they have also reduced their risk of serious cognitive disease. According to recent research by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, depending upon the severity, people with hearing loss may face a 36% increase in the risk of dementia and other cognitive diseases.

Dr. Emi Lejeune conducts a hearing evaluation on a young patient (Bill Larson Clarksville Online)

Dr. Emi Lejeune conducts a hearing evaluation on a young patient (Bill Larson Clarksville Online)

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