Alz Pioneer Dr. Solomon C. Fuller
Feb03

Alz Pioneer Dr. Solomon C. Fuller

Much of what the world came to know about dementia in the early part of the 20th Century was due to the work of Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who discovered the particular type of dementia that bears his name. But it was Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, an African American, who made the connection between the disease and changes in the brains of those with it. Fuller also made sure that Dr. Alzheimer’s findings were translated into English and...

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Why You Need to Sleep Deeply
Jan07

Why You Need to Sleep Deeply

Those of us in the middle of life know that our days are filled to the brink and our nights are often continuation of our days. Between work emails that keep coming past 6 p.m. and activities for our kids or community — not to mention all the distractions of social media or must-see TV — few of us are getting the quality sleep we need. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults age 26 to 64 should get 7-9 hours...

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New Year, New Obesity Rates
Dec25

New Year, New Obesity Rates

Black women are collectively in bad shape, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Eighty percent — yep, 80% — are overweight or obese. That means sisters have a body mass index (BMI) higher than 25. Black men, sadly, are not far behind with 70% being overweight or obese. Nearly a quarter of Black children, 6-11, are overweight — 24.5 percent for girls and 23.3 percent for boys...

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Clinton’s Plan to End Alzheimer’s by 2025
Dec24

Clinton’s Plan to End Alzheimer’s by 2025

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton says she has a plan that could mean a cure for Alzheimer’s by 2025 — just a decade from now. More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. African Americans get Alzheimer’s at twice the rate of white Americans.  “There’s so much we already know,” Dr. Virginia Lee of the University of Pennsylvania said on the...

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Do You Need a Senior Advisor?
Nov01

Do You Need a Senior Advisor?

When I’m around my contemporary friends or colleagues, the conversation often turns to elder care. We are that age when parents and grandparents need extra help with every day living. A friend recently recounted on Facebook how devastated she was when she learned her elderly mother was the victim of multiple scams. Another friend told about the struggle the family had trying to make decisions for her father-in-law when he was battling...

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