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cape (~azette HEALTH & FITNESS TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21- THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 23, 2012 19 very 69 seconds, some- One in America devel- ops Alzheimer's disease. For treatment to be the most beneficial, early detection is critical, and a prompt diagno- sis helps family and friends pre- pare for the future care of the Alzheimer's patient. The Alzheimer's Association has compiled a list ofl0 warning signs of Alzheimer's and how they differ from mental glitches that shouldn't faze you. They in- clude memory loss that disrupts daily life; challenges in planning or solving problems; difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure; con- fusion ,With time or place; trou- ble understanding visual images and spatial relationships; new problems with words in speak- ing or writing; misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps; decreased or poor judg- ment; withdrawal from work or social activities; and changes in mood or personality. More information about these warning signs and what distin- gnishes them from normal be- havior is available'on the Alzheimer's Association web- site, http://www.alz.org. "A person doesn't have to have all of them," says Dr. David Reuben; chief of the geriatrics division in the Department of Medicine at UCLA. "But with three or four, maybe it's time to get checked out." Early detection is critical Evaluations for early detection of Alzheimer's will generally in- clude medical history, physical examination, blood and urine tests, neuropsychological testing and brain imaging scanning. These tests can be performed by your regular physician; but may be better suited to a neurol- ogist, a geriatric psychiatrist or a medical center that provides Alzheimer's care. You can also find additional information at the National Institute for Aging: www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers. Help for famUies For most people diagnosed with the disease, a family mem- ber wall be their primary care- giver, a job that entails a lot of emotional stress. Visiting An- gels, a home care company that provides caregivers to help peo- ple with activities of daily living, understands the devastation of Alzheimer's disease and offers help to families struggling with its challenges. 'A lot of people feel complete- ly overwhelmed, and don't know that affordable help is out there," says Visiting Angels President David Forman. 'Agencies like ours can be pivotal in keeping people at home where their memories are. Familiar sur- roundings are critical to manag- ing symptoms. Unfortunately, once you displace people with Alzheimer's from their own homes, they can decline quick- ly." In many cases where family members live separately and can't provide care, Visitirig An- gels allows the Alzheimer's pa- tient to stay in their own home, providing a safe alternative to assisted living facilities. Most of Visiting Angels' care- givers have extensive training and experience with Alzheimer's. They can provide much-needed respite to family caregivers who must work, or just need a break, or provide peace of mind to family mem- bers who live out of town. "Even with competent family care, the relationship between caregiver and care recipient changes drastically," says For- man. "You're no longer the spouse or child as much as you are the caregiver. Outside pro- fessional help allows you to reestablish normal roles within family relationships to every- body's benefit." Visiting Angels of Sussex, Delaware provides compassion- ate caregivers that can help with hygiene assistance, dressing, meal preparation, light house- work, laundry, shopping, errands and appointments, and joyful companionship. Visiting Angels are available from a few hours to 24/7 live-in care. Call 302-329-9475 for a free in-home consultation, and go to visitingangels.com/sussexde for more information. David Formatl is president of Visiting Angels. for heart month It's a fact - heart disease is the single biggest health risk for sen- iors across the United States. It is the leading cause of death and hospitalization among all older Americans, but one local company is showing Delaware- area seniors that simple nutrition tips and lifestyle tricks can sig- nificantly lower the risk of them becoming another statistic. February is American l-Ieart Month, and as groups around the nation are raising awareness : about heart disease, senior care experts from Senior Helpers are working with the local elderly each day to help fight the battle on the front lines. "Many of the families and sen- iors we work with locally don't understand that a proper diet and even modest exercise can re- duce the risk of heart disease and heart attacks among seniors by more than 25 percent," said Chris Stetzar, owner and director of care of Senior Helpers of Dover, a senior care company that pro- vides in-home and companion care services for seniors from lower New Castle County through Sussex County. "Getting older doesn't have to mean getting lazy, so we do everything we possibly can to help our clients continue to live a healthy, happy lifestyle," Stetzar said. The American Heart Associa- tion lists these statistics about seniors and heart disease: 5.3 million Americans are living with heart disease and over 600,000-more are diagnosed each year; one in five seniors over the age of 65 develop some sort of heart disease: the number of seniors hospitalized annually for heart failure has increased more than 130 percent since 1980; simple, regular light-to- moderate physical activity (walk- ing, gardening, outdoor chores, etc.) can reduce the risk of heart disease among seniors by 25 to 36 percent. In addition to physical exer- cise, a healthy diet and lifestyle can also significantly reduce the risk of suffering heart disease, heart attacks and irregular or rapid heartbeats - all red flags of potential heart failure among the elderly, "The heart is a muscle, and like every, other muscle group in the body, you need to exercise it and give it the nutrients it needs to work properly," Stetzar said, "es- pecially as you get older." Additional tips include the fol- lowing: quit smoking and mini- mize alcohol consumption; avoid food with trans fats; eat plenty of fish, green vegetables and nuts with omega-3 fatty acids to im- prove overall heart health; drink black or green tea after meals - antioxidants in these beverages decrease blood vessel constric- tion and improve overall circula- tion "Each senior we work with needs different help and assis- tance to remain independent," Stetzar said. "Our caregivers are all trained and certified, and they know how to safely promote an indi- vidual heart-healthy lifestyle among aging loved ones. Whether it's help in the kitchen preparing meals, assistance mov- ing around the house during the day, or simply a friend to l-noti- vate an aging family member to get out for an afternoon walk, we can help." Senior Helpers connects pro- fessional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as op- posed to a nursing or assisted- cus on quality of life for the living facility. 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