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For Alzheimer’s Caregivers, Knowledge is Power

For Alzheimer’s Caregivers, Knowledge is Power
Michael Snowden was just 12 and his sister 16 when their mother began to exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Although they didn’t receive a definitive diagnosis until seven years later, the need to assume caregiving roles while still in their teens profoundly affected their lives.
“Not many people understood the disease or how to take care of her,” Michael says. “We did not really understand the disease ourselves after the diagnosis. Eventually, my sister and I had to take over the caregiving responsibilities. Our lives quickly changed.”

The number of Americans with Alzheimer's is set to triple over the next 35 years.
"Unless something is done to change its course, the Alzheimer’s crisis will continue impacting not only the millions of Americans currently living with the disease, but their caregivers, friends and family," says Ruth Drew, director of family and information services for the Alzheimer’s Association. “Caregiving can become anyone’s reality. As the prevalence of the disease increases, more people from all walks of life, economic strata and ages will find themselves helping to support someone with Alzheimer’s in the coming years.”

Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are adult women — typically wives or daughters of people with Alzheimer’s. A growing number of teenagers and men, however, are finding themselves in a full-time caregiving role.


Do You Suffer from a Longevity Disconnect?

Do you suffer from a longevity disconnect?
They say that age is just a number. For the 10,000 who reach retirement age every day, however, that number may come with a multitude of questions about whether they have done enough to prepare for retirement.
The good news is that Americans today are living longer than previous generations. But too many of us don't realize that this boost in lifespan means we need to fund a retirement that could last for 20 or 30 years. This is what's known as the longevity disconnect.
Calculating how much you need to save for retirement is even more difficult if you don't realize how long retirement can be.

What concerns Americans the most?
One of the biggest worries Americans have when it comes to retirement is outliving their money, according to a plan participant survey by Prudential Retirement. A substantial 71 percent of survey respondents fear they may not have sufficient income for their retirement years. Only one in five are highly confident they will have enough to last a lifetime.
"Today we have more financial information, education and planning tools available to us than ever before," says Christine Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement. "But despite the steady drumbeat of headlines about retirement planning, we're still not getting it right."
Why are people having a hard time saving for retirement? Why are they actually saving less when they need to save more?


Five Ways Americans Unite to Help One Another

americans-uniteIt seems as though there's a lot of disagreement in our country these days. Political parties not only argue with each other, but they also fight within their ranks. Turn on the news and bickering is everywhere. Click on any internet story and you'll read through pages of angry comments.

Despite all the noise, however, Americans truly are more united than divided. And one of the issues that unites all kinds of Americans is supporting our veterans. In fact, it's part of a long tradition that goes back to the founding fathers, and there are plenty of ways you can reach out and show your appreciation as well.

  1. A tradition of honoring heroism. In 1782, George Washington issued orders to honor soldiers who showed exceptional distinction by awarding them the Badge of Military Merit. Now called the Purple Heart, it's given to men and women in uniform who have been injured or killed in combat or captivity. As the oldest medal currently in use, over 1.7 million have received the honor.


The Truth About Alzheimer's: Early Detection is Key

alzheimers, signs, symptoms, early detection
It's the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimer's disease.

Contrary to what many people think about Alzheimer's, it's not a normal part of growing older. And while there's not yet a way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of the disease, people with Alzheimer's can benefit from detecting it early. During June - Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month - the Alzheimer's Association is encouraging everyone to learn the truth about Alzheimer's disease.

"Misunderstanding crucial facts about the disease can have consequences that can lead to stigma, delayed medical attention and inadequate support for caregivers," says Ruth Drew, director of family and information services, Alzheimer's Association. "Greater understanding of Alzheimer's is urgently needed given the dramatic impact of the disease. It devastates too many families for it to remain a mystery. We need everyone to know the truth about Alzheimer's so we can bridge current gaps and build greater support toward advancing treatments and finding a cure."



Five Important Questions about Pancreatic Cancer

pancreatic cancer, managingThis year alone, nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the fourth highest cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

The statistics about pancreatic cancer are staggering because unlike some other cancers, diagnosis is difficult as there is no screening test, and symptoms can be subtle and mimic other conditions. It often goes undetected in the early stages, and in advanced stages, symptoms are present but non-specific — such as digestive issues, back pain, and weight loss.



Fresh Ideas for Adding More Steps to Your Day

sunlit-walk-with-childIt’s beginning to sound like a broken record: “Walk more! Aim for 10,000 steps a day!”  But taking the stairs instead of the elevator will only add so many steps. Grab a few fresh tips to help you rack up the miles:

1.     Pace the room while waiting at the doctor’s office.

2.     Go an extra lap around the perimeter aisles at the grocery store before checking out.

3.     Hide the remote so you have to actually get up to change the channel.

4.     Park several rows away instead of fighting other drivers for that single open spot near the door.

5.     Walk around the field while your grandchild is playing soccer or baseball.

6.     March in place while brushing your teeth (shut the door first if you’d like).

7.     Going to the mailbox? Take a lap around the house first—then take the time to say hello to that chatty neighbor who flags you down.



Good morning hypothyroidism: How more than 2-3 percent of Americans greet the day

Many of us have a morning routine. However, millions of Americans say “good morning” a little differently. For individuals living with the incurable condition of hypothyroidism, their morning routine is likely to include taking medication at the same time before breakfast each morning, as prescribed by their doctor.

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, medication adherence is important for helping the body function when it comes to thyroid care. To help patients, AbbVie launched Good Morning Hypothyroidism (GMH), a program that focuses on creating a daily routine to help manage the life-long condition of hypothyroidism. When and how patients take their medication can affect the way the body absorbs it, so resources encouraging patients to establish and follow to a daily routine are important.