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The Benefits Of Senior Living Communities

(NAPSI)—Those who believe that retirement should involve more than chores, home maintenance and yard work can often be found enjoying cultural or educational activities at an independent living community.

Such communities typically offer well-kept grounds, spacious attractive floor plans, and comfortable dining rooms where residents can enjoy fine dining experiences with a varied menu.

When it comes to programs, residents can often pursue a wide range of interests, such as art classes, pet therapy, walking club, rosary, meditation, yoga, team trivia and bridge club.

“The quality of our life span can be measurably affected and improved by the effort we put forth to keep our bodies and our minds healthy and in sync with one another,” said Brookdale Chief Medical Officer Kevin O’Neil, M.D. “Physical activities like walking, aerobics and strength training, and mental activities like team trivia, current events and chess, are commonly offered at senior living communities. These activities help maintain a fit body and a sharp mind, which can add life to your years.”

Often, independent living communities will also offer a range of services on-site to assist those with medical or social issues.

When care needs change, a senior may consider moving to assisted living. This type of community is designed for those who need some help in their daily lives but don’t require the advanced medical care provided in a skilled nursing environment.

When you think that a loved one may no longer be able to live without assistance, here are some tips to start a conversation about assisted living from the experts at Brookdale Senior Living:

Do research: Having in hand information and facts about a few local assisted living communities can help you present the case factually.

Keep it private: Your initial conversation should be held in a comfortable private setting with a limited number of individuals. This low-key approach may help the person feel more open to hearing about a possible assisted living move.

Focus on the positives: You may want to talk about the services, the social opportunities and the security.

Making A Choice

When it comes time to actually select a community, here are some factors to consider:

• Does it offer a warm, homelike atmosphere and appealing outings and activities?

• How does the community meet health needs?

• Does the community meet all state and local licensing requirements?

Brookdale is the nation’s largest owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States.

Learn more at www.brookdaleliving.com.

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Bringing Together A Community To Stop Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry To Help Support Critical Prevention Studies

(NAPSM)—Approximately 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today, with one new case diagnosed every 69 seconds. And, of those affected by the disease, minority populations suffer a disproportionate burden. African Americans are twice as likely as whites to develop Alzheimer’s.

The higher incidence of the disease in African Americans is attributed to other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Further, African Americans tend to be diagnosed in later stages of the disease, limiting the effectiveness of therapies that depend on early intervention.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, treatment and care, wants to help address Alzheimer’s in the African American community. That’s why BAI and its partners around the country have developed the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry. Through this initiative, they want to defeat the disease without losing another generation.

The Registry is an online community of people interested in the latest research studies and promising therapies. Some members may be able to participate in future studies. The Registry is open to anyone 18 and older; signing up is quick and easy.

“The Registry will bring together individuals who are ready to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” said Eric M. Reiman, M.D., executive director of the Phoenix-based BAI. “It offers them the chance to learn about prevention research and about studies in which they might enroll. We ask people from every state to join us now.”

The Registry is a shared resource for the general research community and organizations nationwide and a resource for anyone interested in the latest advances in Alzheimer’s prevention work. It draws on the support of its other partners, the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer’s Initiative and the Alzheimer Research Forum, and the guidance of leadingU.S. researchers and advocates, including Drs. Paul Aisen, Marilyn Albert, Jeffrey Cummings, Jennifer Manly, Ronald Petersen, ReisaSperling and Michael Weiner. The Registry is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API), an international research collaborative.

“African Americans are seriously underrepresented in clinical trials of potential treatments for Alzheimer’s, and it is important that our work accurately reflects this population,” said Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D., BAI principal scientist and API associate director. “By joining the Registry, we can work together to fight against a disease that steals life before ending it.”

To learn more and sign up for the Registry, visit www.endalznow.org. Like the Registry on Facebook at www.facebook.com/endalznow or follow it on Twitter at @AlzRegistry.

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Tips To Help You Keep Life In Balance

(NAPSI)—While rewarding, helping out an aging loved one can be stressful and present feelings of frustration. Do you drive your mother to doctors’ appointments? Are you managing medicine for your grandfather? Have you had a parent move in with you? Whether your help is hands-on or offering support, assistance and guidance from a distance, you aren’t alone. You’re far from it. It’s estimated that there are 42.1 million family caregivers inAmerica facing similar challenges.

Connecting with other caregivers who know what it’s like to care for a loved one and joining communities of those with similar experiences can offer great support in a difficult time. AARP’s new Caregiving Resource Center is a great starting point to join an online community of caregivers and connect with information, resources and advice. Whether you’re caring for your mother who lives 20 minutes away or for your in-laws living across the country, the Caregiving Resource Center offers tips for caring for your loved ones, both near and far:

Balancing Work and Caregiving at Home

• Learn your company policies—Talk to your Human Resources Department or manager to learn about your company’s policies regardingcaregiving. Some companies offer programs to help find services, support groups or flexible work arrangements.

• Know your rights—Learn about the Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible workers to unpaid leave-up to 12 weeks a year-for family caregiving without losing job security or health benefits.

• Talk to your manager—Let your manager know about your role as a caregiver and what it requires of you.

Caring From Afar

• Create a contact list—Put together a list for yourself and your loved one of addresses and phone numbers of those who can be reached in an emergency: friends, neighbors, doctors or other family members who have regular contact with your loved one.

• Organize information—No one wants to think about emergencies, but it’s always better to be prepared. Collect and keep handy important information before a crisis.

You might even consider an electronic health record-such as the AARP Health Record—to manage critical information. Keep handy medical records, medications, doctor names and numbers, insurance information, names of utility companies, financial information and important documents including birth certificates, Social Security cards and home deeds.

• Make visits productive—Time with your loved one should be enjoyable but it’s also a great opportunity to assess possibly changing needs. Make a list of things to take care of before you arrive, including scheduling appointments in advance or making shopping lists. When you’re there, note anything out of the ordinary and look around the house for safety hazards.

• Community services—Look into community services that may provide support and assistance.

Learn More

For more helpful tips and resources, visit www.AARP.org/caregiving.

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Going Through Menopause? Do What’s Right For You

(NAPSI)—Thousands of women begin menopause every day in the United States. For many women, symptoms of menopause can be tough to get through, especially because they can last for many years. Symptoms such as night sweats can rob women of sleep, and hot flashes can cause embarrassment and anxiety.

If you think symptoms like these make day-to-day life harder, you are not alone. A 2012 survey showed that, of women between 45 and 60 years old who have menopausal symptoms, the majority of women report that their symptoms negatively affect their quality of life. The good news is that suffering is not your only option. Help is out there.

As women get older, their bodies begin to change—on the outside and on the inside. This change is due in part to a change in hormone levels. Menopause is a normal part of aging, but “normal” is different for every woman. Some women have few symptoms that last for a short time. Other women suffer greatly for many years.

Each woman will experience menopause differently, and there are also many ways that women can lessen their suffering. In some cases, women with mild symptoms may choose no treatment. However, many women have moderate and even severe physical symptoms as they go through menopause—such as hot flashes, night sweats and even bone loss. For these women, treatment can make a difference.

One such treatment is hormone therapy, the best known and most studied treatment for menopausal symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that “hormone therapy is the most effective FDA-approved medicine for relief of your hot flashes, night sweats or vaginal dryness” associated with menopause.

Today, many experts agree that hormone therapy can be a good option for women who are between the ages of 50 and 59, but it may not be right for every woman. There are risks associated with hormone therapy, so women should speak with their doctor about their health history, symptoms and treatment options.

“Women do not need to suffer during menopause,” said Michelle Warren, M.D., founder and medical director of the Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health, as well as a professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. “Menopause may be a natural part of life, but these bothersome symptoms can be managed. I urge women to talk with their doctors about what they are experiencing, and to consider all of your treatment options.”

For more information about menopause and available treatment options, visitwww.menopause.org, a site run by The North American Menopause Society, and www.hormone.org, a site run by The Hormone Health Network (the public education affiliate of The Endocrine Society). Women may also consult www.menopause.org for certified menopause practitioners.

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A Promising New Way To Combat Cancer

by Mark Neidig, Sr.

(NAPSI)—Something too small to see can make a big difference in treating cancer patients.

Doctors today know cancer is not one disease as previously thought. This makes finding a “cure” significantly more difficult. Nevertheless, the Kanzius Noninvasive Radiowave Cancer Treatment, one method that we are researching at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, seems to be effective against several kinds of cancer, including breast, colon, leukemia, liver, lung, melanoma, osteosarcoma, pancreas and prostate.

These questions and answers can help explain the process:

1. What is this treatment? Tiny pieces of metal—gold, silver, carbon—called nanoparticles are coated with unique antibodies so they “embed” into cancer cells. A controlled radiowave is passed over the metal. This destroys the cancer cell while keeping neighboring healthy cells free of treatment or damage.

2. How big is the nanoparticle? The size varies but basically they’re microscopic. Compared to the cancer cell, they’re the size of a golf ball or a soccer ball in a football stadium. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of balls (nanoparticles) could fit into that stadium (cell).

3. How does the radiowave destroy a cancer cell? Simply, radiowaves heat up metal. When the metallic nanoparticle is directed only to the cancer cell and a controlled radiowave is passed over the patient, the metal heats up just enough to destroy the cancer cell.

4. Is the Kanzius Noninvasive Radiowave Cancer Treatment safe?Our studies are still proving this theory. By themselves, gold nanoparticles, antibodies and radiowaves are safe, nontoxic and already approved by the FDA for other medical applications. We are the first to test all three aspects as one treatment. When clinical studies begin on humans, Phase I Trials will focus solely on safety.

5. How does this method differ from other new target cancer treatments? It’s the first to deliver nanoparticles, not chemicals or radiation, specifically to the cancer cell’s nucleus. Cancer patients can avoid the devastating side effects other treatments create.

6. Who is Kanzius? John Kanzius was a broadcast engineer diagnosed with leukemia. He drew on his knowledge to envision “a better way” to treat cancer using science and noninvasive radio frequency waves. Once, while servicing a radio tower, his co-worker warned him to take his keys out of his pocket because the radiowaves would heat up the metal and burn his leg. From this, he theorized that radiowaves could noninvasively destroy cancer cells if he could deliver metal pieces solely to them.

Learn More

For further information about this research and how you can help raise research awareness and funds, visit www.Kanzius.org or call (814) 480-5776.

Mr. Neidig is executive director for Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation.

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Finding Your Way As A Caregiver

(NAPSI)—Living in Texas far from her ailing father in Michigan, Pamela Curry was looking for the best way to help him.

When her 78-year-old father, James, became ill, Pamela placed a call to her company's employee assistance program. "I had no idea what kind of resources I had through my employer. The first call I got back was on home agencies and then another call on the kind of care he needed," Pamela says. "I felt like I had people on 'Team Dad' and on 'Team Pamela.' I could figure out the options that were best for Dad and they provided a basis for me to make decisions."

Solutions for Caregivers helped put Pamela at ease by helping her find ways to address her father's health needs. "It has been an ongoing support process. If I have more questions or other needs, I am confident I could call and get the support I need," Pamela stresses.

"It is almost like a road map through the various steps that I might go through to care for my dad. It is as though I have a guide, instead of me trying to blindly find my way. There is someone providing me guidance, not telling me what to do, as my family and I decide what will work best for my father and our situation," Pamela adds.

Solutions for Caregivers provides care planning and care coordination services designed to support the overall well-being of the person receiving care and help alleviate stress for you and your family. Services are available in all 50 states and can be tailored to your needs. You can get the support you need today.

You can learn more at www.WhatIsSolutionsForCaregivers.com or by calling (877) 765-4473.

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Your Family And You

(NAPSI)—The importance of caregivers cannot be overstated. With over 65 million Americans providing caregiving, it is clear that caregivers are essential to our nation. Whether during National Family Caregivers Month in November or at any time, it’s a good idea to honor caregivers, providing them with gratitude for their countless efforts in caring for loved ones.

Caregivers understand that such care often comes at substantial costs to the caregivers themselves and to their families. Family caregiving can also be a stressful and physically exhausting experience.

Caregivers frequently need resources and support to keep their lives running smoothly, and to ensure their own health and the health of their care recipient. Caregivers can have a hard time asking for the help and support they need and many don’t know where to begin.

Caring for an elderly or disabled family member can come with a new set of challenges, particularly if the caregiver lives out of state and needs to arrange for in-home help, grocery delivery, safety equipment or alternative housing for his or her parent or loved one.

Fortunately, information, strategies and assistance for caregivers are available.

Solutions for Caregivers provides care planning and care coordination services designed to support the overall well-being of the person receiving care and help alleviate stress for you and your family. Services are available in all 50 states and can be tailored to your needs. You can get the support you need today.

You can learn more at www.WhatIsSolutionsForCaregivers.com or by calling (877) 765-4473.


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Note to Editors: November is National Family Caregivers Month but this article will be useful to your readers at any time.

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Tips For Caregivers During The Holidays And Beyond

by James Huysman, PsyD, LCSW

(NAPSI)—For caregivers, the holidays can be filled with warm family gatherings but may also be fraught with depression, anxiety and challenges that many others don’t face. Here are some tips for caregivers this holiday season and beyond.

• Give yourself a health and wellness gift. Get a checkup, an assessment for anxiety or depression and a health screening. Find a therapist. Join a support group. Taking care of your personal health is the first step toward reducing stress.

• Ask for help and be open to accepting it. Asking others for help may be the hardest thing one can face. Too often, people believe they must take care of everything themselves.

• Find a friend or make a friendship even richer. Sometimes a friend is all you need: a safe sounding board to relieve stress and lift your spirits.

• Learn not to take things personally. Realize that the people around you have their dramas too and their words, though hurtful, may have nothing to do with you. Sometimes the words come from people with their own stressful challenges.

• Identify a supportive community. Many caregivers are concerned that they are seen as a burden and are often reluctant to connect to the world around them. Finding a community outside the family can help caregivers understand that they exist in a community of loving people.

• Plan your family’s activities with thought throughout the season.Roles and responsibilities are extremely important to explain. Ongoing family conferences help maintain the boundaries necessary to the caregiving process so no one feels out of control or inadequate. This is vital and should be done in person as frequently as needed.

• Keep a gratitude list in a journal filled with wonderful affirmations.This can help shift the focus away from a difficult situation by creating a focus on gratefulness. This process can begin to inspire new avenues of thought.

• Find humor everywhere you go. Laughter is a great tension releaser, pain reducer and mood elevator. Use humor to get through difficult times.

Solutions for Caregivers provides care planning and care coordination services designed to support the overall well-being of the person receiving care and help alleviate stress for you and your family. Services are available in all 50 states and can be tailored to your needs. You can get the support you need.

You can learn more at www.WhatIsSolutionsForCaregivers.com or by calling (877) 765-4473.

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