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Life is a journey. The Detour Ahead road sign acknowledges that dementia or memory loss significantly alters a person’s journey through life. Other road sign tips for living with memory loss will be introduced over the next few months.
Just as detours are not a normal, expected part of your daily commute or family road trip, dementia is not a normal part of aging. As you age, a few changes can be expected such as:
Increase in forgetfulness. The older we are, the more we have learned and have to remember. It is normal to become more forgetful after age 50.
16-year-old soccer player Maggie McDonald is back in the game after a concussion last summer
Today, the White House hosted a summit on concussions in youth sports, drawing national attention to the importance of preventing and properly treating brain injuries in kids and teens.
Among the experts selected to take part: U-M concussion expert Jeffrey Kutcher, M.D., head of the U-M NeuroSport clinic. He and his team focus solely on diagnosing and managing concussions and other brain and nerve issues in athletes of all levels.
Just hours before he left for Washington, he cleared yet another young concussion patient to return to the sport she loves. He says she’s a great example of how proper concussion care can help many patients get back in the game.
Postpartum depression affects many women in the first months after a baby is born.
They’re supposed to be the happiest times of your life, right? But being pregnant or a new mom can have a dark side – temporary or lasting depression.
How quickly you get help, and what kind of help you get, for symptoms like moodiness, insomnia and loss of appetite can make a big difference for you and your baby.
Maria Muzik, M.D., M.S., who leads a University of Michigan clinic focused on mental health during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life, offers more information on this important issue. May is the awareness month for these issues.
Brain damage can begin within minutes, so it’s important to know the warning signs of stroke.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Without oxygen from the blood, that part of the brain starts to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain then stops working properly.
Brain damage can begin within minutes of experiencing a stroke, so it is important to know the symptoms and signs of stroke and to seek immediate treatment by calling 911.
Warning signs of stroke
Common stroke symptoms experienced by both men and women include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body.
Sudden trouble speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble walking or difficulty with balance or coordination or dizziness.
“Patience may seem like a superficial virtue, but actually it embodies a deep insight into the nature of things: they’re intertwining, messy, imperfectible, and usually not about you.” – Rick Hanson, Ph.D., neuropsychologist and author
Patience, is the quality caregivers and partners share most frequently when asked what they need and feel to be well and balanced in their caregiving role. Reliable and abundant patience is what they desire most in their relationships and in their daily lives. They express deep concern, and even shame, regarding their transient feelings of patience, especially towards the person they are caring for. The direct experience of “lost” patience combined with subsequent self-criticism and feelings of guilt can become a hamster wheel many care partners find themselves circling for years on end. This is a dangerous cycle that not only erodes the bedrock of caregiving confidence, but the health, well-being and safety of all involved.