Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. Individuals may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees.
Ø Memory loss that disrupts daily life, especially forgetting recently learned information. Including forgetting important dates or events, asking the same information over and over; increasingly needing to rely on memory aides or family members for things they used to handle on their own. Typical age-related change: Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.
Ø Challenges in planning, solving problems or working with numbers. Typical age-related change: Making occasional errors when balancing checkbook.
Ø Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. Sometimes people may have trouble driving to a familiar location or remembering the rules to a favorite game. Typical age-related change: Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.
Ø Confusion with time or place, seasons and the passage of time. Sometimes they forget where they are or how they got there. Typical age-related change: Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later.
Ø Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. Typical age-related change: Vision changes related to cataracts.
Ø New problems with words in speaking or writing. They may have trouble following or joining the conversation. They may also stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how they continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have trouble finding the right words or call things by the wrong names. Typical age-related change: Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.
Ø Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Things may be put in unusual places and sometimes accusing others of stealing. Typical age-related change: Misplacing things from time to time and retracing steps to find them.
Ø Decreased or poor judgement. They may give large amounts of money away or pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. Typical age-related change: Making a bad decision once in a while.
Ø Withdrawal from work or social activities, hobbies, work projects or sports. Typical age-related change: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.
Ø Changes in mood and personality. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. Typical age-related change: Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.
If you notice any of these 10 warning signs in yourself or someone you know, don't ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Professional evaluation may detect a treatable condition.
Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel or health conditions. As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases.
All adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills and not being able to care for family.
All adults need a seasonal flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women and older adults.
There are currently two types of pneumococcal vaccines: PCV13 and PPSV23. There are more than 90 types of pneumococcal bacteria. PCV13 protects against 13 types and PPVS23 protects against 23 types. Both vaccines provide protection against illnesses like meningitis (infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord) and bacteremia (blood infection) and pneumonia (lung disease). After age 65 it is recommended that either the PCV13 or the PPSV23 be given followed by the other in at least one year.
Every adult should get the Tdap vaccine if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough) and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years.
The shingle vaccine is recommended for adults 60 years and older. Shingles is a painful skin rash that develops on one side of the face or body. The shingles vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles and the long-term pain that can follow. Anyone 60 years or older should get the shingles vaccine, regardless of whether they recall having had chickenpox, which is caused by the same virus as shingles. Protection with the shingles vaccine lasts about 5 years.
Please discuss these vaccines with your primary care physician for the best protection plan for you.
Narcan Nasal Spray is indicated for the Emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. It is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy but is NOT a substitute for emergency medical care. 911 must be called immediately if an overdose is suspected.
It is supplied in a single spray device. The recommended initial dose of Narcan Nasal Spray in adults and pediatric patients is one spray delivered into one nostril.