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How Muhammad Ali Fought Parkinson's Disease in North Broward, FL
How Muhammad Ali Fought Parkinson's Disease in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on June 14, 2016

Muhammad Ali lived a colorful and exciting life. In his lifetime, he spoke out against the Vietnam War, sang, became an author and even starred in a Broadway musical. In addition to being a legendary heavyweight-boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist, he was also a dedicated advocate for Parkinson’s disease. Muhammad Ali built a reputation as a legend in the ring, but he also became a champion to those battling Parkinson’s worldwide. To the thousands of Parkinson’s patients and North Broward caregivers, he was an inspiration to stay strong and be positive. About two decades ago, Ali proudly lent his name to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in the Barrow…

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Sunbathing for Seniors in North Broward, FL
Weighing the Pros and Cons of Sunbathing for Seniors in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on June 7, 2016

During the summer months, many seniors often desire a warm glowing tan. Though there are some benefits to tanning, there are also quite a few downsides for at-home North Broward caregivers to consider. Whether your elderly loved one has plans to hit the beach or go to a tanning bed, here are a few things you should keep in mind. Con: Damaged Eyes The UV rays of the sun or a tanning bed have been linked to eye problems, including cataracts and photoconjunctivitis. Since many seniors already have bad eyesight, it is unwise to risk worsening it further. Pro: Improved Self-Confidence This is often the biggest reason that seniors want…

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Beautiful Roses to Plant with Seniors in North Broward, FL
Beautiful Roses to Plant with Seniors in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on May 31, 2016

Congress and former President Ronald Reagan declared that the rose is the national flower of the United States in November of 1986. In honor of the historic rose, the U.S. commemorates June as National Rose Month. While seniors may have limited ability to engage in gardening activities, friends, family, and North Broward senior home care providers can help plant beautiful low-maintenance roses with them. These plants enable family members to spend time together while planting the bushes and reaping the fragrant benefits. Flower Carpet Ideal for containers, flower beds or as garden borders, Flower Carpet roses mature to heights and widths of 18 to 24 inches. Different varieties come in…

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Common Foot Injuries Seniors Sustain in North Broward, FL
Common Foot Injuries Seniors Sustain in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on May 24, 2016

Senior adults are often at greater risk for foot injuries as muscles lose mass and become weaker. Vision or balance problems increase the risk for injury due to falls. In the majority of cases, minor injuries heal without the need for medical attention. Even still, hourly North Broward caregivers should familiarize themselves with the most common foot injuries sustained by the elderly. Neuromas Habitually wearing high-heeled shoes or shoes that are too tight puts excess pressure on the nerves between the toes. The condition is known as Morton’s neuroma. The problem causes discomfort that ranges from numbness and tingling to an ache or severe pain. Applying ice to the area easily…

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Understanding How Multiple Sclerosis Affects Seniors in North Broward, FL
Understanding How Multiple Sclerosis Affects Seniors in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on May 17, 2016

Nerves have a protective covering known as the myelin sheath. For unknown reasons, multiple sclerosis damages the sheath and creates plaque-like lesions. When this occurs, the normal transmission between nerves becomes disrupted or short-circuited, similar to what might happen when the rubber coating on wiring deteriorates. MS patients experience a wide range of symptoms ranging in severity depending on what nerves are affected. In elderly people, the condition often progresses more rapidly, which poses a number of dilemmas. The following symptoms are what North Broward live-in caregivers can expect when a loved one has multiple sclerosis. Visual Disturbances MS often affects the optic nerve resulting in eye pain, blurring, double vision,…

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Using Vinegar to Treat Ulcerative Colitis in North Broward, FL
Using Vinegar to Treat Ulcerative Colitis in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on May 10, 2016

If you are a family caregiver in North Broward looking after a loved one who lives with ulcerative colitis, a new study suggests that relief may be as close as your kitchen cupboard. Researchers have found that vinegar and its main ingredient, acetic acid, improved gut bacteria balance and reduced levels of inflammatory proteins among laboratory mice. They are hoping that further studies will show the same effects in humans. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea, and even ulcers. Although the exact cause of UC is not understood, the common belief is that it is related to an imbalance in the gut’s bacterial…

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Using a New Breathing Devise to Diagnose Asthma in North Broward, FL
Using a New Breathing Devise to Diagnose Asthma in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on April 26, 2016

A group of researchers in Great Britain developed a portable device that has thus far proven to be more accurate in determining the presence of asthma and other respiratory conditions. The device is a type of spirometer, which is a mechanism that has been around for decades and is used by physicians and respiratory specialists to measure and analyze lung function. The diagnostic medical tools are complex, not portable and require that a patient repeatedly breathe deeply into a hose or tube, which is connected to the main device that calculates lung function. However, the newly developed Respirometer Mark II or Sneezometer is a small, hand-held device that gives hope…

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How Adopting a Japanese Diet Reduces Risk of Diseases in North Broward, FL
How Adopting a Japanese Diet Reduces Risk of Diseases in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on April 19, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. While poor diet is one of the key risk factors associated with heart disease, studies show that when North Broward part-time caregivers encourage their loved ones to adopt alternative diets, such as that of the Japanese, it can actually reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. The Japanese diet traditionally consists of mostly grains, vegetables, and fish. Outlined in an official capacity by the Japanese government in 2005, the “spinning top” food guide advocates moderation in addition to nutrition. Water and tea reside at the top of the food…

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Detecting Amyloidosis: New Non-Invasive Method Discovered
Detecting Amyloidosis: New Non-Invasive Method Discovered
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on April 12, 2016

Amyloidosis is a condition in which amyloid or abnormal protein accumulates in tissue or organs like the brain. There are many forms of amyloidosis based on the type of protein and where the deposits form. Common forms of the condition include primary or systemic amyloidosis in which the protein deposits affect the whole body, and secondary amyloidosis, which is usually the result of a chronic inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis. Some amyloid deposits in the brain are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Detecting amyloidosis is important because symptoms may be mild or subtle, but the condition comes with serious risks. If seniors could receive a diagnosis in the…

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Creative Ways to Flavor Water in North Broward, FL
Creative Ways to Flavor Water in North Broward, FL
By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on April 5, 2016

Seniors are prone to dehydration more than any segment of our population. The causes of this range from simple forgetfulness to the fact that many prescription drugs cause fluid loss. The human body is over 70 percent water and it is necessary for every function the body performs, which is why it is important that we stay hydrated. Here are several creative ways at-home caregivers in North Broward can ensure that their loved one get enough fluids. Infused Water Plain old water can get pretty boring if that is all your loved one is drinking. Learning to make infusions is an easy way to add some flavor. Infusions are made…

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