Top 7 Dementia Warning Signs: The Latest Information

7 warning signs to help you identify Alzheimer's disease or dementia. 
How can you tell if a loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? If mom keeps forgetting where she put her keys or if dad looks confused these days, does this mean they have dementia? Not quite. Only a qualified physician can diagnose a patient with this illness. Memory loss is a common symptom for Alzheimer’s disease, although just because a loved doesn’t remember certain things, it doesn’t mean they’re sick. We all forget things every now and then, whether we’re 25 or 75. 

In the beginning, Alzheimer’s manifests in episodes, causing the patient to forget short-term details such as important events or daily activities. Below are the top 7 warning signs to look for to help you identify if your parent may have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Family Caregivers -- Frustrated, Frazzled and Frantic. Here's New Help for You.

There's new help for the family caregiver. 
In a yearlong study of family caregivers conducted by The CareGiver Partnership in 2004, caregivers self-described themselves as being frantic, frazzled and frustrated. 

· Frantic because they are usually thrust into their caregiver role as the result of an emergency – such as a fall or stroke.

· Frazzled because most are women who work full and part time. They may be juggling a job, a home and a family -- all while trying to provide care for a loved one.

· Frustrated because finding unbiased and reliable information on how best to care for a loved one was challenging.

A survey* among 1000+ family caregivers found:

· 50% of caregivers wished home health care products were easier to find with 37% reporting that selecting them is confusing.

· 49% of caregivers report that it is difficult to find local resources.

· 45% found that participating in online caregiver support groups and/or online caregiver communities is very helpful.

*Source: The CareGiver Action Network

Understanding Boomers

Guest post contributed by Senior Planning Services

The baby boomer generation, a colorful, noteworthy slice of the American population is oft referred to in the media and with good reason. Between the years of 1946 and 1964, seventy six million babies were brought into this word, and quite literally, the baby boomers were born. Today it is estimated that those over 50 comprise of about 45% of the US population.

As the first boomers approach age 65 and subsequent retirement, there are many issues that affect this group that will have major ramifications for everyone else as well. The joint federal and state Medicaid and Medicare programs were designed with a much smaller senior demographic in mind and growing the program exponentially into the future, needless to say, will not be an easy task.

November Sweepstakes Giveaway Is Perfect for Anyone Who Uses the Bathroom and Likes to Read

Enter for a chance to win these two great prizes!

(Not necessarily at the same time.) 

As part of our “Helping You Get On With Life” sweepstakes prizes, this month our readers can enter to win two great prizes that anyone can appreciate. 

Caregiver Stress: Remembering to Take Care of Yourself

Published with permission by author, Fawne Hansen
Caregivers are those that care for others because they either can’t care for themselves or need assistance to carry out everyday tasks. Caregivers are often related to the people they are caring for, and the person being cared for is frequently a cherished loved one.

The job of caregiving, while a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor, is fraught with stress and requires an incredible amount of patience and understanding. 
Sometimes loved ones suffer from memory loss or have lost some physical ability. Sometimes they have medical issues that need to be tended to daily. They can require help with daily essentials such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, or using the toilet, while others may require the administration of medicine and transportation to and from the doctor. Some require round-the-clock care, giving little rest to their caretakers.

Unfortunately, stress among caregivers is extremely common. Caregivers often try to do everything by themselves, which eventually leaves them worn out and unable to fully attend to everything they are expected to do. Furthermore, ignoring the symptoms of stress can affect physical and mental health and lead to burnout, and make it impossible for the caregiver to continue caring for their loved one.

Participate in a Bladder Leak Clinical Study

To see if you qualify to participate in the SUCCESS Clinical Trial, call today at
1-844-STOP-SUI (1-844-786-7784)

A clinical trial is underway to evaluate the safety and performance of the Solace Bladder Control System™
Am I a candidate?
If you are a female 18 and older and experience urine leakage when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or during exercise, you may qualify to participate in the SUCCESS Clinical Trial. This trial will be conducted in several cities throughout the United States. Up to 220 women will be eligible to participate.  See the list of cities below.
What should I expect?
If you qualify and choose to join the SUCCESS Clinical Trial, you will be treated by a trained bladder specialist and will receive all study-related care at no cost. This includes the Solace Bladder Control Balloon procedure, as well as all examinations or visits required for the study.
As a participant in the SUCCESS Clinical Trial you will need to be available to attend all study related follow-up visits over a minimum of 12 months. After the initial twelve months you may elect to continue to receive the treatment for an additional two years. All patients who enter the SUCCESS Clinical Trial will receive the treatment. Some patients will receive the Solace Bladder Control Balloon at the initial enrollment period, others will receive it during their three (3) month scheduled visit.
Participating in a clinical study enables people to play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new experimental treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. Participating in any clinical trial is completely voluntary. Your willingness to consider the SUCCESS Clinical Trial is greatly appreciated and will make a difference in the lives of many women.
What is the purpose of the SUCCESS Clinical Trial?
The purpose of this clinical trial is to evaluate the safety and performance of a the Solace Bladder Control Balloon™ in women that have Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). The SUCCESS Clinical Trial will follow a carefully controlled protocol (a plan that details what researchers will do during the trial). As a clinical trial progresses, researchers report the results of the trial at scientific meetings, to medical journals and to various government agencies. Individual participants' names will remain completely confidential and will not be mentioned in these reports.

Will I be the first person to receive the Solace Bladder Control Balloon?
No, The Solace Bladder Control Balloon has been evaluated in two controlled, randomized clinical trials in the US and Europe. Over 200 women enrolled in these studies. Treatment outcomes in the first US trial have been published in a peer-reviewed clinical journal.

What some women are saying about The Solace Bladder Control Balloon
... I am more carefree.
...No more pads needed, a dry feeling.
...I can be away from home for longer periods and don't need to use any pads anymore.
...Less worries when I'm getting ready to go out.

You must live in one of the cities below to participate
Denver, CO
Tucson, AZ
Charleston, SC
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Virginia Beach, VA
Glen Burnie, MD
Shreveport, LA
Oak Lawn, IL
Grand Rapids, MI
Providence, RI
Great Neck, NY
Arlington Heights, IL
Poughkeepsie, NY
Sioux Falls, SD
Norwalk, CT

To see if you qualify to participate in the SUCCESS Clinical Trial, call today at
1-844-STOP-SUI (1-844-786-7784)

New! Pelviva Pelpon - Exerciser for the Pelvic Floor to Help Stop Bladder Leaks

Pelviva Pelpon - inserted like a tampon.
The Pelviva Pelpon is an exercise device for your pelvic floor to help you retrain it so that you leak less urine, less often. 

Unlike ordinary bladder control pads, it doesn't absorb.  Unlike Poise Impressa, it doesn't act to put pressure against the urethra to help stop leaks.

It helps train the pelvic muscles and make them stronger using electronic muscle stimulation.