Winter Safety Tips for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

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When the temperature dips into seasonal ranges for winter, those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia should all be on notice that snow, extreme temperatures and early darkness present special problems.

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Medicare Enrollment: Pick a Plan

man tablet webIt’s picking season— Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15–December 7. Picking a plan is an important and personal decision. Each person has a unique set of priorities. When you sit down to review your Medicare health and drug plan choices this year, keep track of the things you may want in a plan, and pick one that’s right for you.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Reduces Parkinson’s Symptoms

Neuro MRI DBSDeep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a neurological surgical procedure that has been shown effective in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. The first physician in the region to perform the procedure, Dr. Falowski, has since treated more than 100 patients with great results. Most of these patients have experienced considerable reduction of their motor symptoms and have been able to reduce their medications. Dr. Falowski continues to work with Medtronic, the company that developed the device.

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Good Sleep Habits Are Key To Falling Asleep

Sleeping webRestful and restorative sleep is essential for maintaining both physical and mental well-being.  Pain, stress, poor sleeping habits and certain medications can interfere with sleep, leading to insomnia.  Insomnia is a condition in which a person has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep throughout the night, or waking too early the next morning.

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Relief From Muscle Cramps

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If you are physically active do you suffer from occasional cramps during or after a workout?

If you are like many of us the answer is YES. There may be an interesting relief for those conditions.
The product is Pickle Juice SportTM. I know the name may seem a bit strange but bear with me and read on.

Until recently the common belief was that cramps were a result of a physical imbalance within the body. Current studies suggest that the problem is neurological. It turns out that the chemical makeup of vinegar can provide relief.

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Fighting Symptoms of Menopause With Exercise

woman exerciseWith its fluctuating hormones, menopause and the unpleasant symptoms that often accompany it - hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and fatigue - may have you looking for the nearest sofa or easy chair. But, fight the temptation, strap on your sneakers, and get moving instead.

Cardiologist Dwithiya K. Thomas, MD, FACC of St. Luke’s Cardiology Associates, says exercise may help you feel better before and during menopause, and help you stay stronger as you age.

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