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Elder Health Guides

As we grow older, many of us will be affected by common health problems such as diabetes, memory loss, or osteoporosis. Our Elder Health Guides contain information on these conditions as well as others which often affect residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Each guide contains easy-to-understand information on the causes, symptoms and treatments well as practical tips for managing and caring for someone affected by the illness. Choose a topic below to find out more.

  • What is the difference between Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Mad Cow disease? What are your chances of contracting the disease if a family member has been diagnosed? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our guide to Creutzfeldt Jacob disease.

  • It can be hard to find information on Pick's disease, a dementia affecting the frontotemporal region of the brain. Here we've compiled the latest information on the symptoms, progress and treatments of this rare disease.

  • Parkinson's is a degenerative disease affecting more than 50,000 Americans each year--and one in 20 people over age 80. Learn more about PD symptoms, risk factors, and treatments and find out how to improve the quality life for individuals with the disease here.

  • Huntington's disease, also known as HD or Huntington's chorea, is characterized by uncontrolled movements and increasing problems with intellectual functioning. This article presents an overview of this hereditary illness including information on symptoms, treatments, and genetic testing.

  • Memory problems can range from annoying to severe. Find out how memory works and when you should be concerned about memory loss in the following guide. We've included memory tricks and games to help you keep your memory in tip-top shape.

  • Demystify dementia with information on its symptoms, causes, treatments and risk factors. Also find advice for caregivers of dementia patients.

  • Complete guide to diabetes covering the different types of diabetes as well as their symptoms, management, treatment and causes. Also includes fun diabetic recipes.

  • Being incontinent doesn't have to mean being out of control. Learn about this common problem as well as its causes and treatments with our helpful guide.

  • Our guide to Lewy Body Disease provides answers to questions about the cause and progression of dementia with Lewy bodies.

  • Learn about osteoporosis and related problems with our helpful guide.

  • Learn about stroke or "brain attack" and find out how you can best help your loved one following this traumatic event.

  • Face the challenges of Alzheimer's disease with the latest information on the dementia. Learn about symptoms, caregiving advice and current Alzheimer's research here.