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Nov

14

2016

Giving the Gift of Games Could Change Risk of Alzheimer’s

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Games are common in checklists of gifts for Alzheimer's patients, because they provide mental stimulation and pleasant interaction for patients and their families and other caregivers.

A July 2016 report concerning reinterpretation of data from a 10-year study related to warding off Alzheimer's is creating a stir about cutting risk of the disease through computer brain games.

Registered nurses who aid Alzheimer's patients know all too well the impacts the disease has on patients' families. One concern that often arises is vulnerability of other family members to the disease and what they can do

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Nov

10

2016

New Information Emerges About Alzheimer’s in its Early Stage

alzheimersApproximately 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in nine people over 65 suffer from this devastating illness. Researchers are keen to learn more about the factors that may improve early detection of the disease as well as characteristics that may place someone at greater risk. Now, new information is emerging about subtle changes that may be early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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Nov

9

2016

How Americans Die Now

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Life expectancy in the developed world has been continuously increasing for decades, spurred on by medical breakthroughs, improved sanitation and greater access to medical resources. These changes have also led to differences in how and where people die. No matter what your age, it is never too early to begin thinking about the circumstances in which you would like to spend your final days.

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Nov

4

2016

Celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month During November

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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which is a time to raise awareness about the care options available to those coping with life-limiting illnesses.

At Visiting Nurse Health System, we recognize November as the start of the season when families begin to gather for the holidays. Our goal is to build awareness of the care and services provided by Hospice Atlanta, especially as loved ones seek support and quality time together at this time of year.

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Oct

24

2016

National Respiratory Care Week: October 23-29

doctor speaking with patient Many of us simply breathe in and out without thinking too much about it. For the millions of people suffering from respiratory conditions, however, even the simple act of breathing can be challenging. National Respiratory Care Week, which runs from October 25th to the 31st, provides an opportunity to learn more about respiratory conditions and thank members of the respiratory care profession.

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Oct

10

2016

Don’t Forget National Emergency Nurse’s Week

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National Emergency Nurses Week is soon upon us, with the 2016 celebration spanning from October 9th to 15th. With a series of national and international health crises, emergency nursing is a more critical profession than ever. Learn more about National Emergency Nurses Week and how to celebrate.

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Oct

3

2016

Do Something for Child Health Day

Celebrate Child Health Day by having a check-up at the family doctor.


On the first Monday in October, the United States celebrates Child Health Day. This day of observance was first celebrated in 1929. Since that time, it has served as an opportunity to recognize the importance of child welfare and the need to provide programs to protect the health and development of all children in the United States.


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Sep

26

2016

Small Solutions Lead to Big Impact in Fighting Cancer

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We’ve been waging a war against cancer for decades, but the current winners of the fight might be smaller than the human eye can see. New developments in nanotechnology may transform our ability to treat this illness.

 

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Sep

19

2016

Do You Know Your Eligibility for Medicare Hospice Benefits?

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With a presidential election looming, there are many factors to consider when evaluating the candidates. Foremost among these is each candidate’s stance on healthcare reform, Medicare and other health benefits. Thinking about life-affirming policies such as access to hospice care is just one aspect of making your choice this election season.

 

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Sep

13

2016

Juggling it all: How caregivers can find support

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Patients in long-term home care or nursing homes are the focus of elderly care, but the stress on a caregiver often gets overlooked. The burden of looking after a loved one who has limited independence can effect a caregiver's physical and mental health and keep you from providing adequate care.

The stress of decision making and physical demands can take a toll on caregivers, and often doctors are not trained to provide the answers or support that caregivers need.

"Caregivers don't have a natural place to go," said Dorothy Davis, executive director of the

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