Neurological Disorders

Best Treatments for Alzheimer’s-Related Agitation

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. We at Atlantic Coast Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center would like to use this opportunity to bring you information about an aspect of the disease that, while common, gets little press. Agitation is one of the most common symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s. It is not only an issue…

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National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory,…

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Aromatherapy Proven to Reduce Anxiety

In 2015, the World Health Organization estimated that anxiety disorders affect approximately 6.3% of individuals in the United States. This is an issue of special concern for seniors because anxiety affects a disproportionate percentage of elderly people, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease. Anxiety disorders are treated with any of a variety of anti-anxiety drugs, benzodiazepines…

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Blood Pressure and Dementia are Connected

People tend to categorize diseases by which of the bodies systems they affect: there are heart diseases, such as such as arrhythmias and coronary artery disease; there are cancers; there are cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. But the truth is that the body is a giant system, and a disease that seems to fall in…

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Caregiving through the Stages of Alzheimer’s

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be devastating, both for the patient and for their caregiver. Both will need time to adjust to the reality of the diagnosis. It is important for everyone to know that the illness will not diminish the importance of the person with Alzheimer’s in lives of their loved ones. In order…

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The Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s

Diabetes is associated with increased risk of illness throughout the body, from cardiovascular disease to foot problems. But growing evidence is revealing a link to Alzheimer’s, as well. The two diseases appear to be related even in their mildest forms: Not only is Type 2 Diabetes associated with Alzheimer’s, but pre-diabetes is associated with mild…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and “Brain Fog”

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is known for causing painful joints, but this autoimmune disease is also associated with memory and concentration problems, as well as with general problems in thinking. These cognitive symptoms, known colloquially as “brain fog,” are also found with other inflammatory conditions. Although the associations are there, it has been difficult to track…

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10 Ways to Help People with Alzheimer’s Get the Nutrition They Need

A common but lesser-known aspect of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is loss of appetite. Add to this that as mental and 1physical function decline, skills such as using a fork or spoon, and drinking from a cup can also be lost. Ensuring that someone with a dementia gets proper nutrition requires planning. If nutrition is…

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Why Your Hands Tremble

Many people who experience trembling, which is usually most obvious in the hands, immediately worry they have Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by tremors.  The fact is that most older people have some degree of hand tremor, though it may not be so noticeable. Moreover, though tremors appear most commonly in the hands, they also can…

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