As we enter the holiday season, be aware of those around you - loved ones, friends, strangers. Remember our Veterans and active service members. Help in a soup kitchen, donate to a homeless shelter, volunteer at a senior center. Pay it forward with kindness. Stay safe, happy and healthy this season.
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
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“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”
~ Blaise Pascal ~
Cultural Tidbit: Blaise Pascal was born, June 19, 1623, in Clermont-Ferrand, France. His father was a local judge, scientist and mathematics. From a young age, Blaise demonstrated remarkable intelligence and his father provided him a thorough education. Over the course of his life (and posthumously), his fame spread with his
contributions in philosophy, theology, mathematics and science. His genius
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- It’s mortality rate increased 123% from 2000 to 2015.
- Someone gets this disease every 65 seconds in the US.
- 1 in 10 people over 65 have the disease.
- Almost 2/3 of those with the disease (in US) are women.
These are a few of the statistics for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s Disease is sa devastating illness. It is a brain disorder. Genetics, family history, age and head injuries are examples of risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Studies show that there is a amyloid plaque build up in the brain that interrupts normal brain functions causing symptoms like memory loss, impaired judgment, repeating questions, losing motivation, mood changes, anxiety or aggression and more. There is no cure.
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Leading the charge is the Alzheimer’s Association. They have designated purple as the color of Alzheimer’s awareness. This month, we are joining the fight to end Alzheimer’s with blog posts to raise awareness, encouraging fundraising and donations. Join us and go purple.
Leaves - With the leaves falling and covering our yards, patios and properties, they obscure what is underneath from sight. There can be tripping hazards. When outside and during cleanup, wear proper footwear and warm attire, use protective eyewear. Use gloves. Clear anything that might cause someone to trip and fall.
Colder Weather - Frost, snow and ice will be coming as the weather turns cold. Prepare now. Install an emergency kit in your car, get out the snow tires, keep at least a 1/2 tank of gas in your car, put extra blankets and warm clothes in your car, purchase rock salt or kitty litter to help melt ice, get maintenance on your car.
Cold/Flu Season - We’re entering cold and flu season. Nobody likes to be sick. Get your flu shot to prevent infection, stock up on vitamins. take your vitamin C, stay hydrated, stay active, wear appropriate attire for the weather. Wash your hands! Or use hand sanitizer. Let’s stay safe, healthy and happy this chilly season!
- "Facts & Figures", Alzheimer's Association
- "What Happens to the Brain in Alzheimer's Disease?", NIH
- "Six Safety Tips for Raking Leaves", Scott Stueber, 7 October 2014, www.thesilverlining.com
- "Autumn Health & Safety Tips", CDC
- "Risk Factors", Alzheimer's Association
- "Tips for Daily Life", Alzheimer's Association