Health and Wellness

Advantages of Pet Therapy with Dementia

Many caregivers are searching for natural health remedies these days. One treatment I’ve discovered that takes the edge off the anxiety of those living with dementia is a loveable pet.

When I was caring for my dad there were times where he became saturated with confusion. I would simply place our cat named Kitty on his lap and casually tell him that Kitty was lonesome and in dire need of love and attention. Giving both his hands and his mind something to focus on, his panic seemed to evaporate as soon as the purring commenced.

Incidences of Elder Abuse

Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist  specializing in dementia care.  He has authored over 350 articles on the subject and provides local caregiver workshops

The Senate Special Committee on Aging estimates that as many as five million Americans may be victims of elder abuse every year.

It is not unusual for caregivers to verbally lash out at their patients due to exhaustion or frustration. Some may not consider this to be an act of abuse. But verbal abuse is labeled as emotional or psychological abuse. This act is defined as inflicting mental pain or distress from verbal mistreatment.

Resurgence of a Superbug

This bed may look inviting but you don’t know what is lurking underneath the covers and in the mattress.

One of our most hated household pests is Cimex lectularius L., also known as the common bed bug.

Around for centuries, bed bug infestations declined rapidly in the 40s and 50s with the introduction of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), one of the first chemicals to be used widespread as a potent pesticide.

However, 60 years on, the bloodsucking parasite is making a comeback.

Dr. Paul Farmer, world renowned humanitarian from Hernando County

Dr. Paul Farmer in Bayalpata Hospital, Nepal- by Nyaya Health via Flickr

Dr. Paul Farmer is a world famous physician and humanitarian, who was raised in Hernando County. He graduated from Hernando High in 1978, where he served as class president. By 1983, prior to entering medical school, he was in Haiti laying the groundwork for what would become a revolutionary way to bring healthcare to impoverished communities. He graduated from Harvard with an MD and a PhD.

The basics of cancers affecting women

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought it would be a perfect time to address the cancers that are common to women. I wanted to share the information I found on these common cancers and the possible detection, prevention, and treatment options. Cancer is one of the top two causes of death in women, the other is heart disease. We need to be educated in the signs, tests and possible prevention of all types of cancer.

The many and varied stages of Alzheimer's

By GARY JOSEPH LEBLANC, Certified Dementia Communication Specialist

 Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist  specializing in dementia care.  He has authored over 350 articles on the subject and provides local caregiver workshops

I’ve heard so many different theories regarding the number of different stages that can be experienced throughout the duration of Alzheimer’s disease. Some experts have concluded that there are as many as 15 different stages, but on the average, I hear most declare that there are seven categories.

Personally, I believe it’s best to break it down to only three stages: mild, moderate and severe.

Obesity Seminar: lifestyle changes necessary to fight obesity, reduce risks of related diseases

I had the opportunity to attend Oak Hill Hospital’s Combating Obesity seminar presented by Salman Muddassir, MD, FACP who is Program Director of Oak Hill's Internal Medicine Graduate Medical Education program along with Adam Alperstein, MD, PGY-3, Internal Medicine Resident on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. The seminar was an excellent way to equip those undertaking the major lifestyle changes necessary to fight obesity. Did you know that obesity is the #1 disease in the country, and that it wasn’t classified as a disease until 2013?

The voice of authority

Certified Dementia Communication Specialist

 Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist  specializing in dementia care.  He has authored over 350 articles on the subject and provides local caregiver workshops

There will be many situations when a caregiver must decide what role to play. It can become awkward being the guardian, especially when one is caring for a parent. But that’s exactly the role that must be assumed. While being my father’s caregiver for a decade, I experienced a plethora of times when I felt uneasy using a voice of authority toward him. I’m not speaking about scolding him, just using a voice of stern reason.

Caregiver's health and sleeping habits

Certified Dementia Communication Specialist

Like a severe tropical storm, being under the weather can shatter a caregiver. You can find yourself in a washout mentally and physically, even taking the strongest of caregivers out for the count. It is imperative to pace yourself and be willing to bear disappointment or you’ll find yourself flat on your back, maybe even hospitalized.
Caring for my father, who had Alzheimer’s disease, I learned that honoring this obligation can leave you exhausted. Anyone who doesn’t realize this hasn’t a clue how much self-discipline is involved in caregiving. These are just a few examples: