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October is Breast Cancer Month. There are 3 different tests used by health care providers to screen for breast cancer. The first one is a mammography. The mammogram is the most common screening for breast cancer. A mammogram is a x-Ray of the breast. This test may find tumors that are too small to feel. The second test is a clinical breast exam. This exam of the breast is by a doctor or other health care professional. The doctor will carefully feel the breasts and under the arms for lumps or anything else that seems unusual. The third is a self breast exam. This may be done by woman or men to check there breasts for lumps or other changes. It is important to know how your breasts usually look and feel.

While this kind of therapy can be used for patients of all ages, it is especially beneficial for seniors. Seniors are more likely to suffer from afflictions such as Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia as well as debilitating conditions like arthritis. These conditions may not only be physically painful and uncomfortable, but hey can also be demoralizing for someone used to living independently.
Art projects such as needlework can help seniors lean to use their hands since this craft tends to be rather easy. Seniors using materials such as felt cloth do not have to become frustrated working on projects that are to difficult. Also ,materials such as felt cloth and yarn can be soft on he hands and create soothing feeling, which may be ideal for someone who experiences pain in the hands or other parts of the body.
Painting and drawing are also calming activities for a senior, and allow for self-expression. All aspects of a senior's life can be positively influenced through the process of producing artwork: emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental.

Music can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer's, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult.
Here are tips when selecting music for a person with Dementia:
- Identify music that's familiar and enjoyable to the person. If possible, let the person choose the music.
-Choose a source of music that isn't interrupted by commercials, which can cause confusion.
-Use music to create the mood you want. For example, a piece of music can help create a calm environment, while a faster pace song from someone's childhood may boost spirit and evoke happy memories.
-Encourage movement(clapping, dancing) to add to the enjoyment.
-Avoid sensory overload: eliminate competing noises by shutting windows and doors and by turning off the television. Make sure the volume of the music is not too loud.

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game. What’s typical? Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.
4. Confusion with time or place. People with Alzheimer's can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer's. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room. They may not recognize their own reflection.
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer's may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time. What's typical? Misplacing things from time to time, such as a pair of glasses or the remote control.
8. Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer's may experience changes in judgment or decision making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. A person with Alzheimer's may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.
10. Changes in mood and personality. The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer's can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.


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Studies show that people who eat protein-rich morning meals have fewer blood sugar spikes throughout the morning.
Researchers links this beverage to lower risks of heart attack, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. More antioxidants were unleashed in tea steeped for five minutes than for just one or two.

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