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  • Holiday Survival Tips for Alzheimer's Disease Patients

    Holiday Tips

    The holiday season should be about sharing wonderful memories and creating new ones. However, for people with Alzheimer's and their families, holidays can be a stressful, uphill battle. As an Alzheimer’s patient, holiday events can seem confusing, depressing, frustrating, or anxiety-producing. And for caregivers, planning for extra events and special occasions can feel exhausting and lonely.

    Here are some holiday survival tips for Alzheimer's Disease patients and their loved ones to minimize these kinds of experiences and get all they can from the holidays.

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  • Gift Ideas for Someone with a Medical Condition

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    Holiday shopping can be a challenge under the best circumstances, but when you're shopping for someone with a chronic illness, finding the right gift can feel impossible. Don't let your frustration get you down! It's easier to spread love and cheer than you think. Here are some awesome gift ideas for people with serious medical issues:

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  • Keeping diabetes in check during the Thanksgiving holiday

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    Keeping diabetes in check during the Thanksgiving holiday

    Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates family, friends and food (especially the food). In fact, experts say that most people eat between 2,000 and 4,500 calories worth of food on Thanksgiving for dinner alone! Since holidays are built around tradition, many of us grew up eating all of our old favorites every year. For diabetics, however, this atmosphere can be challenging due to old favorites not meeting their new dietary guidelines.

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  • Beware of Allergens This Holiday Season

    Beware of Allergens This Holiday SeasonBeware of Allergens This Holiday Season Beware of Allergens This Holiday Season

    Although some people think that the end of summer and fall means the end of allergies, don't be fooled. It's true that freezing temperatures kill some molds and seasonal pollens, but there are some common wintertime allergens that you should watch out for if you suffer from allergies. How many of these did you expect to experience in wintertime?

    Animal Dander

    You might think that animal hair bothers you, but actually it is animal dander that you're allergic to. Animal dander is what experts call the dead skin cells all warm-blooded animals (mammals and birds) shed naturally. This means that people have the potential to be allergic to the dander from cats to parrots. In fact, your body's immune system is overreacting to proteins in the skin, saliva, or other shed animal matter. Continue reading

  • How Do Dogs Get Diabetes, and How Can I Help My Dog After Diagnosis?

    How Do Dogs Get Diabetes, and How Can I Help My Dog After Diagnosis? How Do Dogs Get Diabetes, and How Can I Help My Dog After Diagnosis?

    Diabetes is a complex disease that not only affects humans, but can occur in your pet as well. If your dog is showing symptoms of lethargy, frequent urination and excessive water consumption then your pet may have diabetes. Luckily, it is a manageable disorder and also preventable.

    The most common form of the disease in dogs is Type 1 diabetes. Pets with Type 1 diabetes will need to receive insulin shots to make up for the decrease in insulin production; Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

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