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Can vitamin D prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

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Alzheimer’s is a tragic disease and a societal health problem of epidemic proportions that requires urgent attention.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.3 million Americans suffered from the disease in 2015. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that one in nine Americans age 65 and older (11 percent), one-third of those age 85 and older (32 percent) and four-fifths of those age 75 and older (81 percent) have Alzheimer’s make this situation even more alarming.

Alzheimer’s disease in the United States is on the rise and is expected to explode as more and more Baby Boomers reach age 65.

Developing in the brain as many as ten years prior to its onset, Alzheimer’s has several stages.

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Leaving summer behind: The Joys of autumn

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The crispness of autumn is here!

Beginning in the United States September 22 this year, Fall continues until the advent of the winter solstice in December.

As the sun progressively sets earlier, temperatures become noticeably cooler.

According to Wikipedia, the word autumn originated with the Etruscans, and later was adopted by the Romans.

The word “fall” became popular through the colonization of British colonists in North America.

The words autumn and fall are both acceptable descriptions for this beautiful season profuse with natural colors of red and gold.

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Enjoy summer fruit all year with healthy Peach Freezer Jam

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Love fresh peaches and want to enjoy them far beyond the summer?

Making simple and delightful Peach Freezer Jam could just be the answer.

This healthy recipe, published in Southern Bite, would help any diva quickly become the hostess heroine for family and friends–giving them the year-long taste of summer as it gives way to fall and beyond.

Peach Freezer Jam

Ingredients

2 1/2 pounds fresh ripe peaches

2 tablespoons lemon juice

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New Year’s and resolutions go together!

New Year’s and resolutions go together! This is “LifeCycles” with Laurie Edwards-Tate, President, At Your Home Familycare.

Quitting smoking is a popular resolution, and there’s good new reason. A Kaiser Permanente study found heavy smoking in midlife doubles your odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Only cancer is more feared. Maybe this double threat will get you to kick the habit.

One place to get FREE help quitting is the American Lung Association. Try their “Freedom From Smoking” program. Call the Lung Association at 800-548-8252. It’s never too late to get healthy.

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Bullying doesn’t end in high school

Bullying doesn’t end in high school. I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”

Senior bullying is a growing problem in assisted living communities. Just like high school, social groups form that use gossip and insults to control others. Petty and mean behavior can intensify later in life due to dementia or disability. It can even lead to physical violence.

Researchers believe up to 20 percent of seniors are bullied by other seniors in institutional settings. Staff should step in and family members must speak up if there are signs of bullying. Some sensitive seniors may be better served staying in their home with caregivers to avoid being bullied.

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Retiring is a dream for many boomers

Retiring is a dream for many. But others want to stay on career paths they love. This is “LifeCycles” with Laurie Edwards-Tate, President, At Your Home Familycare.

Some careers draw and encourage older workers. These are the top five professions with the largest number of workers over age 40. Clinical psychologists… college professors and teachers… members of the clergy and spiritual professionals… retail managers and associates… and farmers. Unlike careers that have been accused of ageism, these professions harbor respect for the more experienced.

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Older athletes are changing the way we play

Older athletes are changing the way we play! This is “LifeCycles” with Laurie Edwards-Tate, President, At Your Home Familycare.

We are learning from baby boomers how people can exercise effectively into their later years and work around injuries safely. Improvements in medical technology and the greater fitness of today’s older athletes allow more sophisticated and aggressive treatment. But some senior athletes complain doctors still believe outdated advice about resting injuries or conditioning.

All agree we should be mindful of normal changes due to aging. Cross-training and sufficient rest between workouts may be all that is needed to stay in the game!

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Go all in for good mental health!

Go all in for good mental health! I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”

One of the greatest professional poker players of all time is 78 year old Doyle Brunson. He still beats players 60 years younger in the world’s biggest tournaments.

Now a leading Alzheimer’s disease researcher says playing poker can drastically reduce your risk of getting the disease.

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings says playing poker twice a week can lower your odds by a remarkable 50 percent. Most mental games and puzzles offer some benefit. But poker was proven to be the most effective. Older adults may be better off playing a tough game of Texas hold-em than watching television. Bet on it!

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Just because fall has arrived, don’t put away the sunscreen

Just because fall has arrived, don’t put away the sunscreen. I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate, with “LifeCycles.”

The risk of melanoma remains the fastest rising form of cancer. Anyone can develop skin cancer no matter your skin color, age, or time of year. In climates like San Diego, the risk is present year-round. Sunscreen should be part of your daily routine. If you can see the sun, it is hitting your skin.

The good news: skin cancer is almost 100 percent curable when found and treated EARLY.

Get a skin cancer check by a qualified dermatologist. It takes minutes. It is painless. And it could save your life so you can enjoy many more sunny days.

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Please pour with caution

Please pour with caution. I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”

We worry about substance abuse by teens, but we should also worry about drug and alcohol use by seniors.

Nearly one in five people over 60 has a substance abuse problem. Many self-medicate as a way to cope with chronic pain or loneliness.

But it’s a bad idea. Alcohol is a depressive and it will depress you even more. Alcohol and drugs can interfere with prescription medications for common conditions. Substance abuse by seniors increases the risk of suicide.

Limit alcohol consumption if you’re older. Monitor drinking by older family and friends. Don’t be afraid to get help.

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