Entries by Linn Possell

Hypertension Risks For Seniors

Blood pressure is calculated by the amount of blood the heart pumps and the amount of resistance to that blood flow in a person’s arteries. The more blood that pumps combined with the more resistance there is creates high blood pressure.  Narrow arteries cause more resistance and therefore cause higher blood pressure. Hypertension, otherwise known […]

Dementia: Scientific Stages & Treatment

Do you ever wonder how Grandpa remembers everyone’s birthday? I can barely keep up with what day of the week it is. Some research has shown that as people age, they begin to forget more recent people, places and things because their brain has actually run out of room! This is very characteristic of dementia.  […]

Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome

Orchard at Athens is a senior community in Athens that is committed to supporting people with a variety of needs.  This also includes the many different types of neurocognitive disorders commonly called dementia. Currently there are over 110 medical conditions causing the symptoms of dementia.  Unlike many senior living communities, the staff at Orchard is […]

Person-Centered Care

Person-centered care is the practice of caring for people and their families in ways that are meaningful and valuable to the individual. It includes listening to, informing, involving and collaborating with people about their health care. The IOM (Institute of Medicine) defines patient-centered care as: “Providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to individual […]

Neurocognitive Disorder and CTE Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Over the past 30 years, research has linked moderate and severe traumatic brain injury to a greater risk of developing a neurocognitive disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia years after the original head injury. Brain Injury & Risk For Developing Alzheimer’s A history of traumatic brain injury creates a greater risk for developing […]

Frontal Temporal Dementia

Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD) is quite different from Alzheimer’s disease as new learning and memory problems are usually not the first symptom or challenge a person will experience. Since the condition predominantly starts with either behavior or language problems, it is frequently mis-diagnosed as a psychiatric condition instead of a dementia related illness. Signs of […]

Maintaining Independence With Dementia

Oftentimes what comes with a dementia diagnosis is a loss of independence. Now, someone is counting on another person or people for tasks they are used to doing alone. The good news is that there are several ways to help an individual remain independent in some ways. This article will discuss ways for people with […]

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

If you are a caregiver, you know how stressful and time consuming caring for someone with dementia can be. It very easy to put your own needs and wants to the side in order to make room for all the other things that need to be done. While periodic longer breaks are important for preventing […]

Sensory Therapy As Dementia Treatment

Sensory therapy has been used primarily for learning disabilities, but has been adapted in the United States as a treatment for patients with dementia. Benefits of Sensory Therapy For Dementia As someone who has dementia becomes less verbally expressive, sensory therapy provides patients different ways to express themselves. Sensory therapy can affect the following: Attitude […]

Sleep Pattern Changes

Sleep patterns tend to change as we age. Most people find themselves having a harder time falling asleep and report waking more often during the night and earlier in the morning. One of the reasons people wake up more is because they spend less time in deep sleep. Many older adults get less sleep than […]