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Is it dementia, or an infection?

Old womanI had no idea that a simple urinary tract infection could mimic dementia symptoms in senior citizens.   A very interesting article in our local Simi Valley Acorn quotes Anna Treinkman, past president of the National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners, who said,

“A sudden change in behavior is one of the best indicators of a urinary tract infection in older adults. Some common warning signs might include confusion or not being able to do tasks the patient could easily do a day or two before. Anytime there’s a change in an older adult—if one day they’re able to dress themselves or feed themselves and then there’s a sudden change—a red flag should go up.”

If you or someone you love is a senior citizen, be sure to read these articles (updated article from Alzeimers.net) .  It could make a big difference in how you and your doctor respond to these symptoms, especially if they come on very suddenly.

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Financial Reading Your Teen Won’t Tune Out

School is about to begin.  Before your teen gets too busy, here’s a last minute idea:  Help them learn about personal finance.  I ran across a great article from the Wall Street Journal that will point you in the right direction.  Here’s the link:  Financial Reading Your Teen Won’t Tune Out

Fight Parkinson’s Disease with boxing

Title Boxing Club Newbury ParkIf you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s Disease, you may want to check out Title Boxing Club in Newbury Park.  This gym is one of many across the country that offers the Boxing Against PD program.  It’s an exciting new way to combat the symptoms of Parkinson’s, so please check it out and see what you think.

To learn more, here’s a link to a video from CBS News about the program.

loud_noise_hurts_earsUntil a couple of years ago, I had never heard of this.  Then I met a young woman who described in detail how agonizing it was for her to hear her family members chewing their food, or her fellow students cracking gum, or making any other sort of mouth noise.  The clicking of pens and hearing people breathe was also tough.  It was so difficult for her that she mostly ate in her room, and school was an agony, especially during quiet times like while taking tests.

Since then, I’ve learned to be on the lookout for “misophonia”, which is a disorder where someone is acutely disturbed by sounds that do not bother other people. Continue Reading…

Bill Marie

The Bible tells us to honor our father and mother, and that’s something that can get increasingly difficult as our parents age.  People are living longer and longer these days, and some of our beloved elderly aren’t necessarily physically or emotionally healthy.  It can be quite the challenge to help care for aging parents, and an article I ran across recently had some great tips.  See if they can be of help to you.