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American Heart Association says Pre-Stroke risk factors influence long-term future Stroke, Dementia Risk

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – If you had heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, before your first stroke, your risk of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia up to five years later may be higher, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“We already know that stroke patients have an increased risk of recurrent stroke and dementia,” said M. Arfan Ikram, M.D., Ph.D., senior study author and associate professor, department of epidemiology, neurology and radiology, Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Everyone has regrets. Don’t let your Brain Health be one. Choices you make today can help prevent stroke and heart disease and keep you mentally sharp as you age. Avoid brain problems like stroke, memory loss and dementia by controlling your risk factors. (American Heart Association)

Everyone has regrets. Don’t let your Brain Health be one. Choices you make today can help prevent stroke and heart disease and keep you mentally sharp as you age. Avoid brain problems like stroke, memory loss and dementia by controlling your risk factors. (American Heart Association)

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“Care Alert” Legislation Tennessee Governor’s Bill Signing Ceremony

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Part 2 of 3

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – This Legislative Update is Part 2 of 3 regarding three bills passed this year by State Representative Joe Pitts.

Public Chapter 682 – Legislation sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) changes the “missing citizen alert program” to the “Care Alert Program” by expanding the definition of individuals that constitute a “missing person” for purposes of the Care Alert Program.

Under the proposal someone with a physical, intellectual or developmental disability, as well as a person with dementia, or a senior citizen over age 60 would qualify to be included in the Care Alert.

(L to R) Mother, Margaret Davis, son, (John) J.T. Davis, father, Brian Davis, Carrie Russell, State Representative Joe Pitts and Senator Mark Green. Pictured in front  Governor Bill Haslam.

(L to R) Mother, Margaret Davis, son, (John) J.T. Davis, father, Brian Davis, Carrie Russell, State Representative Joe Pitts and Senator Mark Green. Pictured in front Governor Bill Haslam.

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Long time Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away

 

Tennessee Mourns Loss Of Iconic Coach

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN –  Legendary Tennessee Lady Vol basketball coach Pat Summitt, mentor and mother-figure to her players; a revered ambassador for her university and state; a trailblazer for women; and a role model for people all over the world passed away Tuesday, June 28th, in Knoxville at the age of 64.

Born Patricia Sue Head on June 14th, 1952 in Clarksville, Tennessee, Summitt arrived at the University of Tennessee for her first job as a 22-year-old physical education teacher and coach in 1974. As it turned out, the move to Knoxville would be the only one she’d make in her career. She leaves a legacy of greatness and grace that will never be forgotten.

Pat Summitt, Legendary Tennessee Lady Vol basketball coach dies at age 64. (UT Sports Information)

Pat Summitt, Legendary Tennessee Lady Vol basketball coach dies at age 64. (UT Sports Information)

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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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