Caregivers For Special Kids

There is always so much talk about how Mom’s need to care for themselves so that they are able to care for their children.  When you Google “Secrets of a Happy Mom” you come up with everything ranging from new moms to moms of teenagers, and all the ways one can find happiness in those roles of parenting.They all have a common theme running through.  Mom’s need personal time, exercise, time alone with a husband or significant other, etc. to be a whole person before anything else.  ...more

New study names 3 things that can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment

A new study from the Mayo Clinic has found that 3 particular activities appear to reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as we age. 1. Artistic activitiesThe researchers studied 256 people (average age 87) that had no memory or thinking problems at the start of the study. They were followed for 4 years.During the 4 years, 121 of the people developed MCI.The adults who participated in arts and/or crafts (e.g., painting) during both middle and old age were at a 73% lower risk of developing MCI (compared to those who didn't)....more

Ultrasound seems to reverse Alzheimer's symptoms

Thanks to researchers in Australia, we may have a new treatment for Alzheimer's. The team used ultrasound waves to help restore memory in mice by stimulating their brains to activate microglial cells. Microglial cells form the core of the brain's immunological defense system.  How well did it work?1. They reduced the brain plaques in 75% of the treated mice.2. The mice who received the ultrasound waves had so much improvement that they became "indistinguishable" from the mice who didn't have Alzheimer's!...more

Cochlear implants may increase seniors' cognitive performance

If you have an aging parent suffering from cognitive decline, you'll want to read about this new study.Researchers in France found that older adults with profound hearing loss who receive cochlear implants improved their cognitive function, speech perception and symptoms of depression....more

Can Congress Make "Being A Woman A Positive Thing"?

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Don't wait until cardiac arrest reduces your brain function; Protect Your Brain NOW!

Here are some things you can do NOW to improve brain function later if you or your loved one goes into cardiac arrest:1. Make sure they're getting enough vitamin D. A recent study of patients who were resuscitated after sudden cardiac arrest found that those who were deficient in vitamin D were at higher risk for poor brain function (or death).SOURCE: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283971.php...more

Lessons Learned From Living With a Disability

You can’t really understand it until it happens to you, but there is a lot to think about when you live with a disability. I wouldn’t know if it hadn’t happened to me, but it did, so I am passing my wisdom onto you readers. There are a lot of misconceptions about disabled people, and I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know everything, but I will share with you what I know. I don’t have a disability, but I live with someone who does....more
Not something, someONE. Jeez.more

Caregiver Island: My Family Won't Help Me Take Care of My Mother

I write this anonymously, but I have to confess: A lot of times I feel like I have no family support. I'm not talking about social services or the help from the family I live with. Their help is tremendous. No, I'm talking about my immediate family. Most days I feel alone out here on Caregiver Island....more
Heartbreaking and honest. Thank you for sharing and I am sorry for your struggles. Acceptance is ...more

Hideaways

Hideaways     I wrote this post three years ago while caring for my mother.  She has since passed away but going through my older posts I thought it might be a nice one for caregivers to read to help you through the difficult days.  I know how hard it was at times.  We all need hideaways sometimes. Most mornings I wake at 4:30 and enjoy my ...more
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