Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, or brain function loss, among older people. It usually begins after age 60, and risk increases as one gets older. Up to 5.1 million people may have Alzheimer’s, and as our population becomes older overall, the disease will become more prevalent.
Learn how to spot some of the signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease:
Trouble remembering recent events.
Problems remembering names of people and places.
Trouble solving simple math problems.
Some later signs:
Forgetting how to brush your teeth or comb your hair.
Cannot remember the names of common things such as desk, house, apple, etc.
From the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
When it comes to prevention, it can be difficult to understand what it means for each of us and the decisions we make about our health. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed myhealthfinder, a web-based tool, to make it easier, reliable, and ad-free.
myhealthfinder, available in both English & Spanish, can help you decide which preventive services are right for you. Preventive services include things like medical tests and vaccines that can prevent illness and keep you healthy. These services are recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents.
To use myhealthfinder, visit www.healthfinder.gov. In the upper right corner, you will find myhealthfinder. Simply enter your age, sex, and pregnancy status to receive your personalized health information and resources.
November is National Diabetes Month, a time to remember the victims of this disease, support those it affects, and to pledge to fight it.
In the United States, diabetes affects nearly 26 million people—more than eight percent of the population—and many more are at risk. However, diabetes can be managed or prevented.
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy.
With Type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With Type 2 diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood.
Over the years, high blood glucose damages nerves and blood vessels, leading to complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve problems, gum infections, and amputation.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent of diabetes cases, and it is growing. You can reduce your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes by adopting a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and consulting a medical professional about your individual needs and risk factors.
November is National Native American Heritage Month.
As of the 2010 Census, there are 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States, making up 1.7% of our population. There are 565 federally-recognized tribes, the biggest of which are Cherokee, Navajo, and Choctaw.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and it’s important to remember safety precautions for you and your family while preparing a large meal. Use these tips to avoid food borne illness:
Use clean work surfaces, cook foods to the proper temperatures and keep raw meat away from other foods to prevent bacteria from getting into the food and causing illness. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers advice on storing and preparing food for groups.
Whether you’re using a fresh or frozen turkey, there are important guidelines to follow in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and while preparing the turkey. Keep a fresh turkey stored in your refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it and allow a few days for frozen turkeys to thaw safely in the fridge or in cool water.
While cooking, remember the rest of your family around you. Make sure young children are out of the way of the oven and other hot cooking appliances. If you are cooking outdoors, monitor your food closely to prevent a fire.
Today the fourth and last Presidential coin of 2011 will be released. Since 2007, the U.S. Mint has been releasing four $1 presidential coins a year, starting with George Washington. Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and today, James Garfield were honored in 2011.
Garfield, a native of Ohio, and graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, was elected to Congress in 1862 and served 18 years before being elected the 20th President of the United States in 1880. On July 2, 1881, just four months into Garfield’s term, Charles J. Guiteau shot President Garfield at a Washington railroad station. Because the bullet could never be found, Garfield fought off infection for months. On September 19, 1881, President Garfield died of an internal infection and hemorrhage.
Garfield’s coin has a picture of him on the front side, with his years as President marked underneath. Like all of the Presidential $1 coins, the reverse side has a picture of the Statue of Liberty.
Tomorrow marks the 148th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought between July 1st and 3rd, 1863. It is known as one of the most famous battles in the American Civil War.
Lincoln’s prominent Gettysburg Address was given at the close of ceremonies dedicating the Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863.
In just two minutes, Lincoln created one of the most well-known speeches in American History. Beginning with the now famous phrase, “Four score and seven years ago,” Lincoln referenced the American Revolution and focused the nation’s attention on America’s founding principles. Despite its brevity and the fact that it earned little attention at the time, the Gettysburg Address is considered one of Lincoln’s greatest speeches.
The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on two specific Best-If-Used-By dates of 16 oz. Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
The affected product, which is packaged in 16 oz. jars, is as follows:
UPC: 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code)
Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004
Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012
Chunky product only (not creamy)
Impacted product would have been purchased between November 8 - 17, 2011
No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.
No illnesses related to this issue have been reported and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety.
Consumers who have purchased Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with the above Production Code and Best-If-Used-By dates are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon.
Commit To Quit Smoking During the Great American Smokeout
Today is the Great American Smokeout, a nationwide event that encourages people all around the country to quit smoking. You can join the movement and make the commitment to quit smoking too with these tips:
Use the step-by-step quitting guide from Smokefree.gov to create your plan for quitting. You’ll find advice on setting a quit date, building support from your friends and family and dealing with any problems that might arise when you’re trying to quit.
Download the Quit Guide mobile app. When you’re on the go and feel a craving, you’ll have advice and support right at your fingertips.
Know what to expect when you quit. You may experience intense nicotine cravings, as well as feel irritable or anxious. Most of these feelings are short term and will fade as you adapt to not smoking on a regular basis. In the meantime, you can find ways to help cope with these feelings.
If you need some extra help, there are lots of products available to make it easier for you to quit smoking. Nicotine replacement products, like skin patches or gum, are available over-the-counter and supply your body with a controlled amount of nicotine without exposing you to the other chemicals in cigarettes. Other products that don’t contain nicotine are available with a prescription. You can learn about any possible side effects and then select which product might work best for you.
Applying for Social Security benefits is now easier for people with limited English proficiency.
The Social Security Administration now offers applications in Spanish on its website, SSA.gov. The applications allow Spanish speakers to apply for some of the agency’s top benefits, including retirement and prescription drugs benefits.
“The goal is to satisfy the need of people who prefer to speak Spanish and who would rather communicate with us through their native tongue,” said Diana Varela, a spokesperson for the agency in Washington DC.
What You Can Do Online
There are lots of things you can do on SSA.gov, from filling out applications and appealing a decision to changing your address and replacing a Medicare card. Until now, however, some of these applications have only been available in English.
To make the process easier for Spanish speakers with limited English skills, the Social Security Administration has translated the applications for the following benefits:
Retirement benefits: This is a retirement plan for qualified workers in the United States. To apply for these benefits you need to be at least 62 years old.
Medicare benefits: Medicare is a national health plan offered to people who are 65 years or older.
Prescription drugs benefits: Social Security helps some Medicare beneficiaries cover the cost of prescription drugs.
What to Do before Applying for Benefits
Varela suggests that you go online to see if you qualify for a program before completing an application. You should then gather the necessary documents so that it’s easier for you to complete the application.
It takes between 15 to 20 minutes to complete the online application for benefits, which uses clear and simple language.
"It’s very easy," said Varela.
What to Do after Applying Online
Once completed, the application will be sent electronically to a local Social Security office. An agency representative will determine if more information is needed. If that’s the case, a representative will contact you directly.
In some instances, you may need to visit a local Social Security office. For example, if you would rather hand-deliver original documents, such as naturalization certificates or permanent residency cards, instead of sending them through the mail.
"The idea is that people can complete the process in Spanish from their home," said Varela.
Take Steps To Protect the Planet On America Recycles Day
Every day people in America leave behind waste. Households create ordinary garbage while industrial and manufacturing processes create solid and hazardous waste. Today is America Recycles Day, which brings attention to the many ways you can help our environment. Simple recycling tasks at home include:
Reduce food waste by using up the food you already have in the house instead of buying more.
Reuse items around the house such as rags and wipes, empty jars and mugs, party decorations and gift wrap.
Buy products in concentrate, bulk, and in refillable containers. They reduce packaging waste and can save you money.
Your kids can help the environment by recycling at school too. Many schools have separate bins for recyclable materials. Remind your kids that it’s easy to recycle even when they’re away from home:
Schools reuse text books to save money and reduce waste. Covering your kids’ textbooks with a cut-up grocery bag helps reduce waste and keeps your books in good condition.
If your child buys lunch, remind them to take and use only what they need: one napkin, one ketchup packet, one salt packet, one pepper packet, one set of flatware. Remind them to recycle their cans and bottles when they’re done.
From the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Smoking causes 80 to 90 percent of cases of lung cancer. Don’t smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.
Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, and increases the risk for many other types of cancer. People who smoke are 10 to 20 times more likely to get or die from lung cancer than people who don’t smoke. The longer a person smokes and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the higher the risk.
For help quitting smoking, call toll-free 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit smokefree.gov.
Smoke from other people’s cigarettes (secondhand smoke) causes lung cancer as well. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, more than 50 of which cause cancer in people or animals.
Every year, about 3,000 nonsmokers die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke.
Free Access To Public Recreation Areas This Weekend
From November 11 to 13, you will be able to access several public recreation areas without paying entrance fees.
The National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service will waive entrance fees in recognition of Veterans Day weekend. Some fees, such as those for camping or concessions, will still apply.
Many of the recreational areas offer activities like hiking, biking, rock climbing or horse back riding.
Tomorrow is Veterans Day, which gives us a chance to honor and remember those who have fought and served our country through their military service. Veterans can use these tools to get access to services and benefits they have earned.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a new mobile website created for use on all mobile devices. Here, service members, veterans and their dependants can find services and information, including facility locations, benefits and tips for returning service members.
The Veterans Affairs eBenefits page lets military members manage all their benefits online. Veterans can apply for benefits, view their current status, access records or browse benefits links to learn more about what is available.
The mobile app PTSD Coach is available for iPhone and Android users. PTSD Coach was designed for Veterans and military service members who have, or may have, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can cause severe anxiety and flashbacks after someone experiences a trauma or tragedy in their life. This app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment guide, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.
Veterans Day honors all those who served their country. Each year there is a national ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and several regional ceremonies throughout the country. Find a ceremony near you.
First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System On Wednesday
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM Eastern time. It will last 30 seconds.
You may hear a message on radio or television saying, “This is a test.” This national test will help determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally.
The Emergency Alert System is a national system to let the President address the public during emergencies. Under the Federal Communications Commission’s rules, radio and television broadcasters, cable operators, satellite providers and wireline video service providers are required to receive and transmit presidential Emergency Alert System messages to the public.
The nationwide test will broadcast across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.