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World Alzheimer's Month; New Report

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Sep 29, 2014 10:02:34 AM

As we wrap up World Alzheimer's Month, let's take a look at the World Alzheimer Report 2014, Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors, has been released as a part of the month's events.

In keeping with this year’s theme, Dementia; Can we reduce the risk? the report looks at risk factors beyond family history that likely contribute to the development of the disease.

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Topics: Alzheimer Disease

Aging In Place Technology; Help For The Alzheimer's Caregiver

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Sep 23, 2014 10:11:33 AM

Mary Lou is a 77-year-old woman with dementia. Her daughters care for her but can't be with Mary Lou round the clock, so they have turned to a new technology to track their mother’s moves.

The daughters keep tabs on their mother via sensors on her keychain and motion detectors around her home. There are even sensors that detect flooding in the laundry room; any unusual activity causes the devices to text the daughters.

This new aging in place technology is providing Mary Lou more years living on her own in the home she loves.

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Topics: Alzheimer Disease, Aging in Place, Aging in Place Technology

World Alzheimer's Day; Alzheimer's and Dementia Prevention Resources.

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Sep 21, 2014 2:44:00 PM

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and today, September 21, marks the annual observance of World Alzheimer’s Day.

Both the events are aimed to raise awareness of the disease that is growing worldwide.

Today, 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s and estimates are that the number will quadruple by 2050.

In honor of the day, and in keeping with this year’s theme, “Dementia; can we reduce the risk?” we’ve compiled a list of some of our most-viewed posts and an informative infographic on the subject of Alzheimer’s and dementia prevention.


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Topics: Alzheimer Disease, Healthy Aging

Is The Best Time To Buy Long Term Care Insurance When Your Parents Are Healthy?

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Sep 16, 2014 10:36:00 AM

Rhonda is a 53-year-old woman in excellent health. She is on no medications, careful about her diet and exercise program, and sees her physician annually for a thorough exam.

Rhonda takes care of her finances with the same level of responsibility; she’s invested in her 401K since she started working, has savings equivalent to six months of expenses, owns a home with a mortgage that she can comfortably cover.

Last month, as she was approaching her 53rd birthday she decided the time was right for her to apply for a long term care insurance policy. She was “the right age,” still in good health and knew the risks of long term care (LTC). 

Imagine the surprise both Rhonda and her insurance agent felt upon learning that her application was approved but at a much lower rate category, causing the premium to rise higher than expected. The reason? Rhonda’s father had developed early onset coronary heart disease 35 years ago when he was 58.

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Topics: Long Term Care Insurance, Long Term Care Planning

Walk To End Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Sep 15, 2014 9:31:57 AM

As part of an effort to bring more attention to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease during World Alzheimer’s Month, the American Alzheimer’s Association has planned walks nationwide in September.

“Walk to End Alzhemier’s” unites members of communities toward the common goal of fighting against a devastating disease. Participants raise funds that go toward:

  • Care.
  • Support.
  • Research.

Today, find out how you can join the fight.

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Topics: Alzheimer Disease

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