Alzheimer’s Disease and Seniors

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The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which impairs behavior, memory, and thought. Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it affects you as well. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. There is no way to prevent or cure the disease. Dementia can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family, and friends. But maintaining those relationships and interests reduces the effects of severe cognitive impairment, leading to a better quality of life.

1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The main risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease are age and gender. A woman is more likely to get Alzheimer’s than men. Women represent 2/3 of Americans living with Alzheimer’s. Researche

National Healthy Skin Month

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November is National Healthy Skin Month.

November is a time to learn about the functions of the skin, and how to keep it healthy and looking young. It is also dedicated to keeping people well informed about serious skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer. Skin care tips for men is the theme of the campaign this year. Men’s skin is thicker than women’s. Though there are differences, the basic skin care routine is quite similar. The skin is the body’s largest organ. Learn how to take care of it:

• Wear Sunscreen: Sunscreen protects our skin from the sun. It needs to be applied year-round, not just during the summer months. While the sun’s rays are more powerful in summer, they can still be damaging even in the cloudy, cool conditions of winter. A heavy sunscreen may not be necessary, so apply a moisturizer with SPF. Reapply every 2 hours.

World Diabetes Day

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World Diabetes Day is November 14.

The theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day is, “Eyes on Diabetes.” The blue circle is the symbol used for diabetes awareness. The circle stands for unity. Today will focus on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications. Diabetes can lead to eye disease and even blindness. There are 2 types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. We here about type 2 more often than type 1. Type 1 diabetes is often called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 cannot be prevented. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that approximately 415 million adults have diabetes. Of that 415 million people, less than 10% of those cases are type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle changes. Type 2 is of

National Nurse Practitioner Week

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National Nurse Practitioner Week is November 13 to November 16.

CompassionCare Hospice appreciates the hard work and dedication of the nation’s nurse practitioners. NP Week is not only a great opportunity to recognize the many contributions of nurse practitioners, but also to promote awareness of NPs as well. It is a great time to reflect on the important roles nurse practitioners play in today’s health care environment and the critical roles they will play in the future.

Today, there are over 220,000 well-educated and highly skilled nurse practitioners licensed in the United States. NPs have the honor and privilege of providing help and supporting patients and families during some of the happiest and some of the most challenging moments of their lives. NPs bring a holistic focus to their patient’s health. Their holistic view is comprehensive of their patient’

World Kindness Day

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World Kindness Day is November 13.

It is a day that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race, and religion. Today is dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. Be kind and do random acts of kindness. It is a win-win situation. It will make someone else feel good, and it will make you feel good as well. Smile at strangers. Give up your time for someone else. Make small talk. While you are at the grocery store, pick up some nonperishable food for those fighting hunger. Volunteer your time at the local soup kitchen. Donate clothing no longer needed to others in need. Leave a kind note for someone.Little gestures go a long way.

Kindness is the act or the state of being kind. It is marked by goodness and charitable behavior, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others. It is a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions

National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week

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National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week begins today until November 20.

Perfectly timed. It is held every year the week before Thanksgiving. Be thankful for what you have. This week aims to be bring awareness to two important and often seen issues to the table. Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week is working towards a world where no one must experience hunger and homelessness. This year’s focus is to anti-criminalize homelessness. Being homeless is not a crime. Poverty has many different faces and the causes of homelessness are just as varied as the people who endure it. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is just the start of what you and your local community can do year round. The issues of hunger and homelessness cannot be fully understood or addressed in one week.

Hunger among the more than 12 million U.S. Veterans over 60 is reaching critical

“Movember”or Men No Shave Month

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“Movember” is the month of November.

This month is set aside to raise awareness and support cancer and mental health isseus. Men are facing a health crisis. Too many men are dying too young. The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health. The Movember Foundation partners with the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Their vision: “To have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.” During Movember, men are challenged to grow a moustache, and men and women can be physically active and move or host a fundraising event. Commonly referred to as “No Shave November” as well. The Movember Foundation has raised almost 50 million dollars throughout the years to support prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health, and men’s suicide.

November is men’s health awareness month.

Prostate cancer is the 2nd

Healthy Lung Month

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October is healthy lung month.

It makes sense. So many of us have problems pertaining to our lungs this time of year. Pollens, molds, and other allergies are so prevalent this time of year. Fall is a great time of the year for these allergens because it is colder and wetter. Someone severely allergic to pollens and/ or molds may experience chronic sinus problems (sinusitis) and even asthma attacks. Some lung problems aren’t caused by allergies, but they are caused by the person themselves.

Smoking leads to many problems with the lungs and air passageways as well as other parts of the body. Smoking can lead to medical issues such as bronchitis, emphysema, cardiopulmonary disease, high blood pressure (which can lead to heart attack and stroke), vasoconstriction (constriction or narrowing of blood vessels) which also may lead to heart attack and stroke, DVT (deep vein thrombosis or

World Psoriasis Day

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World Psoriasis Day is October 29.

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which skin cells build up on the surface of the skin at a rapid rate. It is common with more than 3 million cases in the U.S. alone. There are seven types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic, nail, and arthritis.

1) Plaque Psoriasis is sometimes referred to as psoriasis vulgaris. It is the most common of the cases seen. It accounts for approximately 90% of cases. Its rapid build-up can cause scales and red itchy, dry patches of skin that can sometimes be painful.
2) Guttate Psoriasis usually presents itself in children and young adults. It is only present in about 2% of cases seen.
3) Inverse Psoriasis forms red patches in the body’s skin folds (armpits, groin, under the breasts, and skin folds around genitals or buttocks.)
4) Pustular Psoriasis is un

YOLO – Red Ribbon Week

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October 23 to October 31st is Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use as well as the problems related to drugs facing our community. The theme this year is YOLO – Be Drug Free! “YOLO” is short for “you only live once” just in case you didn’t know. The theme for Red Ribbon Week was created by 2 sixth graders who submitted their ideas for a contest. Both students had the same idea for the theme after hearing their teacher use the term “YOLO” throughout the year to remind her students they only live once so they should make good decisions. Drug prevention is such an important topic. It is so important to understand how drug use can affect your future. CompassionCare Hospice encourages you to promote a healthy living and a drug-free lifestyle by either wearing or displaying a red ribbon. The red ribbon symbolizes a commitment to expelling drugs off our

World Osteoporosis Day

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World Osteoporosis Day is October 20.

Osteoporosis is a common disease that weakens bones. World Osteoporosis Day 2016 theme is “Love Your Bones – Protect Your Future.” As bones weaken, the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures increases. Until a fracture occurs, there are typically no signs or symptoms. Broken bones may lead to chronic pain. Osteoporosis is more common as we age. As we age, we are at an increased risk of falling. Falling typically leads to fractures. There are also many health problems and a few medical procedures as well as medications that increase the likelihood of osteoporosis. The most common fractures are of the wrist, spine, shoulder and hip. It is more commonly seen in women, but is seen in men. The word “osteoporosis” is from the Greek word meaning “porous bones”.
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