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I have what was called "silent" migraines with numbness in face, vision problems, auras, sometimes stomach is upset, and mostly on right side. I was put on propranolol 60mg (once a day--but changed to 20 three times a day) however, I had problems with low blood pressure problems either way and was switched to Topamax and APAP butalbital caffeine pill (this one to use when my numbness and migraines started). I had problems and ended up having shaking spells (thought to be seizures) and stroke like symptoms--my right side has paralysis with the numbness and vision with the silent migraines. The doctor says it is called a hemiplegic migraine. I'm now on Keppra generic brand and I have mainly stopped the shaking spells. I take 500 mg twice a day and currently I still have migraine spells, but not as much and the shaking only seems to happen if I'm late on my medications.
Oh! one other item--both times I was placed in the hospital and my sugar was low 63 and 64--bu...
Key to making the most of therapeutic activities is engagement and good communication skills. Where the activity takes place matters less than the quality of the relationship between the person with dementia and the therapist/caregiver.
We know that the benefits of activities are enormous, no matter what the stage of Alzheimer's . We also know we have to adapt activities and change the way we deliver caregiver skills. Activity validates people. It recognizes them and allows them creative expression, if the activity is chosen carefully to match their interests, needs and abilities.
How Caregivers can be More Effective Delivering Therapeutic Activities
There are three stages to a therapeutic activity that you need to think about; preparation, engagement and the outcome evaluation.
Preparation for a successful therapeutic session involves skills such as persuasion, finding the type of communication that will lead to participation and finding the right leve...
Most people think that if they are diagnosed with high cholesterol that a prescription medication is in their immediate future. This is not necessarily the case given that there are several non-pharmaceutical ways in which you can lower your cholesterol. Unfortunately, most people eventually end up on some type of drug therapy to achieve their target goals. Any treatment of high cholesterol first begins with some TLC: therapeutic lifestyle changes. This involves three simple, yet often difficult to execute, steps: improved diet, increased physical activity, and weight management. I've written quite a bit in my past articles about how a heart healthy diet can improve your cholesterol. Simple rules include eating unsaturated fats instead of saturated and trans fats, avoiding cholesterol, increasing dietary fiber, and consuming more plant sterols/stanols. Each simple change can have a significant impact on LDL reduction . If you can limit your daily saturated fat i...
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