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You may think of the blooming and warm weather of springtime as allergy season, but in fact winter allergies are a major issue. In fact, your sniffling and sneezing may not be a cold. How can you tell if you're suffering from winter allergies? And if you are, what can you do about it?
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.
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:
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.
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?
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