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Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease-National Memory Screening Day 2013 Provides Public Education

Posted by on Monday, November 18th, 2013

National Screening-Day Treatment for Alzheimer's diseaseNovember 19, 2013 is National Memory Screening Day, which is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. It’s an effort to promote early detection of, and intervention for memory loss, helps educate the public about the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and helps encourage early diagnosis. Click here to watch an interview with Dr. Isaacson about this important event. Since November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, individuals who may be concerned about their memory (or about a loved ones memory) are encouraged to get a memory screening on any day in November.

Quick and simple screening tests are used to detect memory impairment so people can then go and talk to a qualified physician and have the problem addressed early.  The earlier the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the better outcome of treating symptoms.  Memory screenings are important to help distinguish between memory impairment due to normal aging, or something more serious. Screening is important to help us recognize the more serious causes of memory impairment as early as possible.

Anyone concerned about his/her memory should be screened. Usually we say people over the age of 65 years, but people with a family history of memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease may want to be screened earlier.  Why is it important to be screened earlier rather than later? The earlier someone finds out they have memory impairment, the earlier they can be diagnosed. The earlier they can be diagnosed, the earlier they can be treated. The earlier they are treated, the better they usually do. 

The typical screen is approximately 10 minutes and involves a series of questions and tasks designed to assess memory function, as well as language and thinking abilities. Screenings are offered at a variety of locations, community centers, hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics. But really, a memory screening can take place just about anywhere.

If you can’t get involved in National Memory Screening Day, it is important to know that it only takes a few minutes for your doctor to perform a memory screening. So, have a frank, open conversation with your doctor about any memory concerns and ask about a quick screening in the office.

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Brain Healthy Thanksgiving Makeovers for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Serving a bountiful feast to celebrate Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition honoring family and friends during the holiday season, but what about those who are attempting to stay on a healthy Alzheimer’s diet?  Is there a simple way to incorporate a brain healthy Alzheimer’s diet at the Thanksgiving dinner table?

Healthy Holiday Alternatives for the Alzheimer’s Diet

There are some delicious and simple ways of substituting healthy alternatives for some of the not so healthy foods that commonly appear on the Thanksgiving table each year.  Believe it or not it’s not too difficult to forgo the rich calorie laden gravy and buttered potatoes as well as cream, sugar and fat in those tasty desserts, for healthier foods that help promote Alzheimer’s nutrition

 Thanksgiving Alternatives for Alzheimer's Diet

Source; Natural Healthy Concepts

 Everyone knows that the turkey is usually the highlight of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. While turkey is quite healthy for Alzheimer’s nutrition when cooked properly, unfortunately the fat laden gravy that is poured over the top is not so healthy.  Lean turkey is a great source of low fat protein and according to a recent report by Harvard Healthy Publication turkey is “easy on the heart.”   Caloric intake of turkey is lower if you stick to the white meat without the skin. Dark meat contains as much as two times the fat content, and the skin will add a surplus of unwanted saturated fat.  A three ounce serving of white meat contains 26 grams of protein and under 2 grams of fat.   Remember to monitor the portion of turkey on your plate, and avoid the trend of deep frying-slow baking is the healthier alternative.  See recipes for healthy Thanksgiving side dishes by clicking on the “continue reading” tab below. 

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