Health and Wellness

The Decline of Facial Recognition in Dementia

Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care.  He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

Caring for my mom now in the end stage of vascular dementia, I have learned that when I walk into the room, I need to start talking as soon as she has visual contact with me. I can see in her eyes and facial expression that she truly doesn’t recognize me. She does however know my voice.

Another lesson that I have learned is that I must keep my beard trimmed short. Once it starts getting long, it gets extremely grey and I start resembling a man by the name of Saint Nick and my mother truly has no idea of who I am.

Vincent House expanding to Hernando County

Before seeking help from Vincent House, said Justin Shea, “I left a six month indentation on my parents’ couch… I wouldn’t go outside…” He explained that in high school he was energetic and outgoing, but then he was diagnosed with a mental illness. “And all that was taken away from me,” he said.

Shea compares recovering from mental illness to recovering from a stroke.

Congressman Daniel Webster presents US flag to Alzheimer's Family Organization

Congressman Webster presents flag to Alzheimer's Family Organization. From left to right: John Brinker, Community Educator; Kathleen Winters, Executive Director; Matthew Barry, Board of Directors President; Congressman Daniel Webster.

On February 22, Congressman Daniel Webster presented a U.S. flag to the Alzheimer’s Family Organization. The ceremony took place at their office in Spring Hill.

Webster, the Republican representative from District 11, made the presentation in memory of his late mother who had suffered from Alzheimer’s. His mother was in a facility first, but then he decided to bring her home so he could care for her himself.

The best ways to keep your brain active

by George Mears

As we get older, it gets more and more important to take care of our brains to ensure they’re healthy enough to combat the deterioration that can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, recent studies have shown that there may be easy ways to prevent them; keeping the brain active, healthy, and vital will strengthen cells and improve memory, which can help your mind stay sharp well into your senior years.

Lessons learned from caregiving

Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

After everything you as a caregiver have endured, in the end the reality is that life goes on. Your days will without a doubt roll into nights. The Earth will still revolve around our Sun in a year’s time. None of this will stop; it just may feel like it.

Eat fat and lose weight?

Along with the New Year come the resolutions to get healthy and lose weight. If you’re like me, you have tried every diet imaginable. You probably think you have heard it all. Well, there may be something you might not have heard of. Did you know that fat can be good for you? The Ketogenic Diet is a low carb, low sugar, moderate protein, and high fat diet that turns your body into a fat burning machine. Most of us consume a lot of sugar and carbs which our keeps our bodies in a constant state of glycosis which basically means our bodies are burning off sugar, not fat.



.THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 31, 2017.......... In a ruling that could have implications for medical-malpractice cases across the state, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday said a Jacksonville hospital system was required to provide records to a patient's family because of a 2004 constitutional amendment.

The Dilemma of Crushing Pills

Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

One of the jobs that every caregiver will have to perform is the daily dispensing of medications. Dealing with all the new drugs in today’s world, this task can become extremely confusing. In a twenty-four-hour period, one may have to administer medications as much as four or five times, possibly more in some cases.


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