Showing posts from August, 2015

Dementia Living In The Past

Passage of time: why people with dementia switch back to the past Hannah Keage, University of South Australia and Tobias Loetscher, University of South Australia

People diagnosed with dementia often have a distorted sense of time passing. My friends who are clinicians often comment on their patients with dementia preparing and arriving for their appointments many hours before they are scheduled.

Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease progressively impair cognition, causing problems with memory and planning, and day-to-day functioning, making it difficult to do things like shopping and cleaning.

Accurate time perception is critical in our modern society (and for much more important reasons than waiting room congestion) so this disorientation significantly affects those with dementia and their families and care providers.

The Australian population is ageing, and with this comes an increased prevalence of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. One in ten of those over 65 a…

Seniors: 4 Nonphysical Benefits of Staying Active

Exercise helps keep senior citizens fit in the physical realm.

Yet exercise promotes social, emotional and psychological fitness as well.

You receive so many benefits when you exercise. Your heart becomes strong and it works with less effort. A strong heart finds it easy to pump oxygen throughout your body.

This allows proper function of all your different internal and external systems.

All these interrelated systems fall under the control of your brain. Therefore, you enjoy more than just physical benefits when you stay active as you age.

Do you need motivation to exercise?
Are you over 50 years of age? Look at these wonderful nonphysical benefits of staying active.
They just may change how you think about physical fitness.
1 - You Feel Better About Yourself

When you exercise, your brain releases "feel good" chemicals and hormones. See, there is a physiological reason you feel great after you physical exertion.

You do feel good about yourself as a person when you exerci…

Masturbation Is Good For Health: Explicit Content

Happy news! Masturbation actually has health benefits 
Spring Chenoa Cooper, University of Sydney and Anthony Santella, University of Sydney

Conduct an Internet search for “masturbation,” and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of slang phrases for the act.

This proliferation of slang phrases suggests people want to talk about masturbation, but are uncomfortable about doing so directly. Using comedic terms provides a more socially acceptable way to express themselves.

So before we talk any more about it, let us normalize it a bit. Masturbation, or touching one’s own genitals for pleasure, is something that babies do from the time they are in the womb.

It is a natural and normal part of healthy sexual development.

According to a nationally representative US sample, 94% of men admit to masturbating, as do 85% of women.

But societal perspectives of masturbation still vary greatly, and there is even some stigma around engaging in the act.

Related to this stigma are the many myths…

Living and Coping With Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is one form of dementia that affects a person's memory and thinking capacity. It usually progresses through 7 stages as a person ages.

For those that are living with someone with Alzheimer's disease, education, support, legal matters, and probabilities are each essential factors that one must be aware of and have a strategy.

The Need for Education about Alzheimer's Disease
Education is very important when it comes to recognizing the initial warning signs of Alzheimer's disease (memory loss, disorientation, personality change et cetera), what to anticipate, as the person with Alzheimer’s disease gets older, and how to live with the person who has Alzheimer's disease.

Misinformation is easy to come by. However, organizations such as Alzheimer Society Canada ( and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America ( source useful information, and provide support for those facing Alzheimer's disease difficulties.


5 Ways To Improve Blood Circulation And Why You Need To

Your circulation involves your heart, the arteries, the tiny arterioles,
capillaries, venules, veins, and even the lungs that exchange de-oxygenated blood for oxygenated blood, which is what every cell needs in order to have normal cellular processes.

Blood Circulation Is Necessary For Life
· Some parts of the body have what is called “dual circulation,” which means that the arteries have doubled up so that if one is blocked, other arteries can provide circulation to the same area so no cell death occurs.

· Some areas of the body are not so lucky. The heart, for example, has little duplication of arterial supply so that, when an artery is blocked, cell death occurs and you have a heart attack.

· The brain also has very little duplication of arterial supply so that strokes can happen when arteries are blocked.

Blood circulation is necessary for the body to function and remain healthy. Your heart pumps blood through blood vessels throughout the circulatory system. Red blood cells car…

There's Chocolate in My Workout Routine

When I say “favorite guilty pleasure”, you say “chocolate”!.

Or so studies say, scientific ones as well as studies carried out by me in my social groups, where a mere 5/7 people pray to the cocoa god. Heck, most of us don't even consider it a guilty pleasure, that's a thought pattern instilled in us by diet butter commercials.

Well, it must be tough being a diet butter company these days, because we are receiving study upon study about the benefits of chocolate. Not just any kind of chocolate mind you, but dark chocolate, with a high percentage of cocoa - that magic ingredient that has so many health benefits known and yet to be discovered. Believe it or not, cocoa is very rich in nutrients and has been in use as a stimulant since its first golden period, used by the Aztecs as the main ingredient of the drink of gods, enjoyed by the likes of Montezuma himself.

Chocolate's Mental and Emotional Benefits
Due to an amino acid found in cocoa that stimulates the release of sero…

30 Ways For More Healthy Fats In Your Diet

For the past few decades, we have heard all about the virtues of a low-fat diet and the dangers of dietary fat and cholesterol.

But with the number of overweight and obese people climbing every day and statin drugs for lowering cholesterol the most commonly prescribed medications in the world, researchers have recently reviewed the low-fat trend.

Emerging research has shown that there is such a thing as healthy fat which can increase your good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol-think H for healthy) and decrease your bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol-think L for lousy).

However, with so many so-called healthy oils and butter substitutes on the market, how do decide what is best to buy?

30 Ways For More Healthy Fats In Your Diet:
1. Choose plant-based oils such as olive oil, or peanut oil if you are not allergic to nuts. Plant based oils will not contain cholesterol as compared with animal-based oils such as butter.

2. Choose monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Mono means 1 and poly mean…

More Aging Baby Boomers, Less Doctors To Care For Them

Jonathan Flacker, Emory University and Rebecca L Dillard, Emory University

By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of “senior boomers” in the United States at approximately 71 million.

Currently, only about 7,000 certified geriatricians – physicians specializing in the care of older adults – are practicing in the US. That’s about one geriatrician for every 10,000 of these expected seniors, assuming that the number of geriatricians remains stable.

However, the number of new trainees in the field of geriatrics is going down.

In 2010 there were 1,000 fewer geriatricians in practice than a decade earlier. To compound this problem, only about 220 physicians complete geriatrics fellowship training programs.

Geriatricians often act as primary care doctors, and at times as specialist consultants, for patients who are advancing in age and may require targeted, specialized care to maintain function and quality of life. Geriatricians…

Why Medicare should reimburse doctors for end-of-life care conversations

Maria J Silveira, University of Michigan

On July 8, Medicare announced plans to reimburse physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants for services to help their patients plan the care they would want if they were too ill to speak for themselves. If approved, the plan will take effect in January 2016.

It’s about time.

I am a palliative care provider and a researcher in end-of-life care. In my experience, these kinds of services, called “advance care planning” (ACP), are incredibly valuable, especially to patients who are older and their families. My colleagues and I have found that 43% of elderly Americans require decision-making at the end of life about such things as life support and CPR. But 70% of them lack the capacity to make those decisions for themselves or to communicate them to others.

Reimbursing these services removes one obstacle to making sure that patients actually receive advance care planning. It will signal to clinicians that ACP is something Americans va…
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