Dementia: What raises your risk?

Age - Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. About 1/3 of people 85 and older show signs of the disease.

Heart Disease - Heart disease could lead to heart attack or stroke, which makes dementia more likely. It is usually caused by plaque buildup in arteries around your heart which slows blood flow to the brain, making it harder to think well or remember things.

Diabetes - People with diabetes are more likely to have damaged blood vessels. This can slow or block blood flow to the brain, and damage areas of the brain, leading to what's called vascular dementia.

High Cholesterol - Some research shows that high cholesterol in midlife could be risk for Alzheimer's disease later in life, but the exact link isn't clear.


Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes can harm your nerves. That damage, called neuropathy, may be painful.

It can happen in several ways, and they all seem to be related to blood sugar levels being too high for too long. To prevent it, work with your doctor to manage your blood sugar.

Symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Pain

Early symptoms usually get better when your blood sugar is under control. There are medications to help manage the discomfort.

What you should do:

  • Check feet/legs daily
  • Use lotion for dry skin
  • Take care of toenails
  • Wear shoes that fit well

If you think you may have a nerve problem, talk with your doctor so they can check for the cause.

October Nurses' Notes

October is Dental Hygiene Month

Oral hygiene in the senior population can be a key factor in the following health conditions:

1. Heart disease - There is a connection between gum disease and heart disease

2. Pneumonia - Breathing in bacterial droplets from the mouth can make seniors more susceptible to pneumonia

3. Diabetes - High sugar levels can cause gum disease

4. Gum Disease - Can contribute to anemia, cancer and diabetes

5. Dry Mouth - Often a side effect of medications, this can cause increased infections and decay

6. Denture induced Stomatitis - Caused by poor fitting dentures, can cause inflammation of tissues.

How to improve senior dental care:

1. Brush teeth twice daily

2. Use an electric toothbrush

3. Floss at least once a day


Nurse's Notes September 2018

September is Fruit and Veggie Month!

What are fruits & Vegetables?

"Vegetable" is actually not a scientific term and simply refers to the edible part of the plant: roots, tubers, stems, leaves, etc. A fruit is the seed-containing part of a plant.

Why is adequate fruit & vegetable consumption so important? You'll have a hard time finding a reason not to consume fruits and vegetables each day. They are alkaline producing, which can help to preserve bone mass and muscle tissue. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minterals, fiber and phytonutrients. They contain lots of water to help you stay hydrated. Because fruits and vegetables have a high water & fiber content, they're low in calories relative to their volume. Consuming them on a ...

Nurses' Notes July 2018

Keep an Eye on Ultraviolet (UV) Safety

Eye medical doctors (ophthalmologists) caution us that too much exposure to UV light raises the risks of eye diseases, including cataract, growths on the eye and cancer. Strong exposure to snow reflection can also quickly cause painful damage called snow blindness. People of all ages should take precautions whenever they are outdoors.

Follow these tips to protect your eyes from the sun all year long:

  • Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime, so be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you're outside.
  • Don't be fooled by clouds: the sun's rays can pass through haze and thin clouds.
  • Never look directly at the sun. Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, which is damage to the eye's retina from solar radiation.

*** Remember sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and plenty of fluids!***