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Medications can cause dementia: Episode 101

Dr. Camille Newton on how medications can cause dementiaDr. Newton wants to educate people on how medications can cause dementia and how to avoid these medications.

The only thing worse than having Dementia is taking care of a loved one with Dementia. Many people do not realize that a large number of medications can cause dementia.

Dr. Camille Newton is a home visiting physician. You may also know it has a traveling doctor or mobile doctor. It is such an important service for seniors that are not able to travel for doctor’s appointments. She focuses on minimizing medications, especially psychotropic pharmaceuticals to help senior’s brains stay healthier longer.

When medications are tested by the FDA to see if they are safe, they are not really tested to see if they cause brain failure.

While performing house calls she has seen the effect psychotropic medications have on people who take them for a long period of time.

Some examples of psychotropic drugs are:

  • Antipsychotics including Risperdal  or Haldol
  • Sedatives especially the benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Xanax, or Valium
  • Anti-depressants
  • Antihistamines

These are some pretty staggering and scary statistics!

According to Dr. Newton, Benzodiazepine use is associated with an increased risk of Dementia. Nearly tripling risk within 3 years. Quitting reduces risk over time, to only 10% increase in risk 3 years after quitting. Benzodiazepine use quadruples the risk of suicide in the elderly. In one study, Benzodiazepines and hypnotics increased suicide risk by 14 times.

Antihistamines can have the anticholinergic effect. This means some of them block a certain neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This can have a detrimental effect on the brain over a long period of time. This includes Benadryl.

in monkeys, laboratory rats, and humans, the antipsychotics such as Haldol, showed a huge measurable shrinking of the brain within 8 weeks of use.

A person goes to the drug store and they have allergy symptoms. They could choose Claritin or Allegra (which are not anticholinergic) or they could choose Benadryl or Coricidin and end up with dementia within a few years.

Maybe Less is more?

Dr. Newton tells a fascinating story about “Pam” who is a rare case of dementia reversed by getting her off of her medications. Although she has had only a few cases of ‘total cure’, she’s had numerous patients improve dramatically when their anticholinergics were stopped.  These medications are so dangerous to our brains, and yet there is no warning label.  Many of them are over the counter.

A lot of people ask Dr. Newton,”what CAN I take.” Her response is, don’t look for something to take when you are having a problem. Don’t look for a pill to solve your problem and question every medication you are given.

*Please note:  Neither the Rock Your Retirement Show nor the host, Kathe Kline provide medical advice.  Please consult your own practitioner about any healthcare issues that you have.

If you would like to reach out to Dr. Newton, her email is docnewton@att.net

Today’s Freebie, Medications that can cause Dementia, Can be found at http://rockyourretirement.com/Medications

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Too Tired to Rock Your Retirement? Episode 100

Diane Kusunose talks about being too tired to Rock Your RetirementAre you too tired to Rock Your Retirement?

It’s hard to live a full life when you are too tired and feeling sluggish. So today, I have brought Diane Kusunose on the show. She talks about how methods she uses to help people increase their energy.

Diane Kusunose, P.T., is a certified Nutritionist and Biofeedback Practitioner. She offers unique evaluation technology and provides personalized solutions for improving health, well-being, and energy for all her patients. Diane is highly trained in Zyto Biofeedback Technology and Nutrition Response Testing. She specializes in organic nutrients, homeopathy, and herbal support for digestion, sleep challenges, and pain remediation.

Diane knew she wanted to be a physical therapist all the way back in High School. Her school had a super cool health careers program which provided her great opportunities to be what she wanted to be.

When she became a mother, Diane began using a more natural approach to take care of her children’s ailments like runny noses or injuries. She decided she was going to pursue natural means to take care of them.

We talk about her son who had warts all over his body and they just could not get rid of them. She took him to a homeopath and they put him on 3 homeopathic medications. A 1 ½ to a 2-year problem with warts was cured in just a few months. Well, Diane was hooked! She knew she had to learn more and took classes on homeopath.

“We live in an electromagnetic world”

Diane then took additional courses that taught her about electromagnetic frequencies and how to use those for treatment. Then enters Zyto Biofeedback system which is what she uses in her practice today.

Zyto Biofeedback…HUH? That’s what I thought too but it is actually very fascinating!

Zyto Biofeedback is galvanic skin response which is very scientifically based. galvanic skin response is the same technology that is used in a polygraph test. In a polygraph test, you put your hand on a plate and someone interrogates you and it gives out central nervous system responses through the hand on a plate. The galvanic skin response in the Zyto is much the same. Diane goes into greater detail in the interview about what this is and how it works.

In her practice, Diane looks for what is blocking your vitality. What is making you too tired? What is causing you to lose sleep or just not feel yourself? She describes it as gathering puzzle pieces. She gets puzzle pieces from questions, nutrition response testing and Zyto Biofeedback. Using these tools, she puts the puzzle together.

Our bodies are so clever they can repair themselves if we don’t have things (Blocks) in the way.

There are 5 blocks in the body she looks for which are foods, chemicals, heavy metals, immune challenges, and scars.

We also talked about things such as:

  • Nutritional response testing
  • Elimination Diets
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Muscle Testing
  • Shuman Frequency

According to Diane, solutions are different for everyone. If you are feeling too tired to Rock Your Retirement, fatigued, depressed, or just not like yourself, she recommends you do your research and find someone to help you. Don’t give up and if one method or doctor doesn’t work, keep seeking.  She also encourages people to experience health practitioners who are natural based-minded and always seek your energy and your health.

If you would like to reach out to Diane or learn more her contact information is below

Phone: 760-420-5210

www.naturalbalancing.com

diane@naturalbalancing.com

People, Places, and things mentioned in the interview

Learn Homeopathy Now

Dr. Fred Ulan

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When you exercise too much: Episode 099

Colette Kent talks about when you exercise too muchYes, you can exercise too much!

Colette, a native of Ireland, moved to the US in her early 20’s and worked in finance for over a decade. She then discovered her passion for health and fitness and pursued a full-time career in this field. Moving to Nice, France in 2008 she opened a fitness and yoga studio. Colette was an avid competitor taking part in many sporting events including triathlons, marathons, and bike races. However, even with all her efforts, her health was not in a good place. Colette discovered she was training and exercising too much. She wasn’t listening to the subtle signals her body was giving her.

In 2014, Colette took some time out to cleanse and reset her body. She underwent a 21-day cellular cleanse program in Bali with an Ayurvedic doctor and this is what changed her life personally and professionally. After the cleanse, she stayed in Bali and worked with the Ayurvedic Doctor and completed her studies to become an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor.

So obviously, my question was how on earth do you pronounce this and what is it?!

Ayur which translates to Life and Veda which translates to science so it is the Science of Life. It is all about a holistic approach to healing. It teaches people how to understand their own mind-body type and your own true nature. Colette brought up a good point too. Living in our modern world, we have all kind of gotten away from nature. Becuase of modern conveniences, we are all less in tune with mother nature.

Ayurveda teaches that everything in the natural world is made up of the five elements of nature which are: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These five elements form what are called three “doshas” or mind-body types.

What’s Your Dosha?

VATA-Elements of space and air. Vata is all about movement and action like the wind. A Vata person is slim and slender, they generally have an oval face and small eyes. They may have dry skin or thin brittle hair. Just like the wind, they are always moving and walk and talk a  lot. The Vata person may forget to eat sometimes, run out of energy, or suffer from insomnia at times. Other characteristics include, gaps between teeth, deviated septum in their nose.

Vata’s are very creative, imaginative, and always on the go. Vata’s minds are always moving and this can cause difficulties in being grounded because they are always thinking ahead. They are born worriers and can feel anxious. Their slogan in life tends to be “Can I change my mind” because they tend to be indecisive. Vata’s can be grounded with activities like slow yoga or meditation. Also grounding foods which are foods that are heavier and more comfort foods. If a Vata is out of balance they may have dryness in the skin, lips or hair.

PITTA– Made up of the elements fire and water. Pitta is all about the sun’s heat and intensity.  A Pitta person would have a medium build with medium height and good strong muscles. They tend to have sharp features like their nose or chin, and also have intense eyes. Pitta’s are also good speakers and make good CEO’s and managers. They are goal oriented, productive, list makers, and always on time. Also, they can be witty, opinionated, critical of others and themselves. It is “my way or the highway” with a Pitta and they are competitive.

Pitta’s will have a sharp metabolism and their digestion is strong. This means they get “hangry” a lot. When they are out of balance they tend to overheat. This can cause loose stools or diarrhea, rashes, bloodshot eyes, or headaches. They may also experience heartburn, acid reflux, anger, impatience, irritability, and jealousy. To “cool” the heat of a Pitta, you need a moderation in activity, less competition and less spice in their diet.

KAPHA– Made up of the elements water and earth. A Kapha person is well built with full, rounded features and a lot of times long, thick hair. They are loving, nurturing, caring, and a lot like Mother Earth. A Kapha has a strong immune system, are great listeners and have great endurance. However, they tend to be a little lazy and don’t have the fire of pitta to get up and get going. Sometimes they tend to want to sit and relax and follow others. Taking initiative is not their strong suit. Their mind also tends to be a little heavier. They may learn things a little slower but once they grasp something or learn something new they will never forget it.

Their slogan would be “don’t worry be happy” as they want everyone to be happy and they like to go with the flow. When a Kapha person is out of balance it is because of their slow nature and it can lead to slowness in the digestive system. This leads to weight gain or water retention, congestion. Other signs of being out of balance for a Kapha person is energy depletion, sleeping a lot, brain fog, and depression.

Contact Information for Colette:

https://www.elementshealingandwellbeing.com

info@elementshealingandwellbeing.com

This article was originally published on http://RockYourRetirement.com

 

Why a Care Manager is the Secret Ingredient: Episode 098

Episode Image of Ann Butterfield who talks about Aging Life Care Managers and how they can help.Does Mom need help but you are tapped out?

I brought Ann Butterfield to the show to explain how an Aging Life Care Manager can help you.

If you’ve heard the term “Geriatric Care Manager”, it’s the same position.

Ann explained that a Care Manager actually quarterback’s your loved one’s care.  She deals with all of the people who care for your loved one.  This quarterbacking can include:

  • A Life Care Manager manages the Caregivers.
  • Doctors–going to doctor appointments, and facilitating communication between the family members, the doctor, and the client.
  • Attorneys: Elder Law attorneys, Estate Planning attorneys, and others need to interact with the client and family, and the care manager helps facilitate this.
  • The Care Manager interacts with Trustees to meet the client’s needs.
  • Other Experts: care managers bring them in when necessary.
  • Financial: including the accountant and Power of Attorney.  The Life Care Professional provides information on government benefits and assists the client in obtaining them where warranted.
  • Housing options: Evaluation and selection of appropriate housing such as assisted living options or memory care.
  • Family members:  Long Distance family members and others need help adjusting and coping with every day concerns and conflicts that arise.

She told a story about “Betty” who was caring for her elderly mother.

When mom moved from Washington State to San Francisco, there was a lot to coordinate.  You might be in this situation yourself:

  • You have a full or part time job
  • Children or grandchildren depend on you
  • Someday you’d like to go out to lunch with a friend

When caring for a loved one, you’ve got to make phone calls (hundreds of them!), you’ve got to shop for yourself AND your loved one, you’ve got to coordinate with the care givers. Not only that, but you also have to deal with doctor’s visits, assisted living situations…the list goes on and on.

Aging Life Care™, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges.

Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:

Assessment and monitoring

Planning and problem-solving

Education and advocacy

Family caregiver coaching1 

Ann was a nurse before she became a care manager, and it turns out that care givers come from many backgrounds.  Many have had personal experience with family members and so discovered the need for these services.  

A Care Manager takes much of your burden, especially when you are out of the area.  

Ann can be reached at Ann@BoutiqueCareManagement.com or if you want more information on care managers in your area, go to https://www.aginglifecare.org/

This article was originally published on http://RockYourRetirement.com

  1. What you need to know, What You Need to Know, https://www.aginglifecare.org/ALCA/About_Aging_Life_Care/What_you_need_to_know/ALCA/About_Aging_Life_Care/What_you_need_to_know.aspx

Ways to Improve Memory Skills: Episode 097

Angela Gentile on Ways to Improve Memory Skills

Angela Gentile gives us ways to improve memory skills.

Angela Gentile, M.S.W., R.S.W. has over 25 years of experience working with older adults and their families in a variety of capacities. She has worked in health care, private practice, long-term care, home care, and non-profits.

Angela has written a book, and a co-authored a mobile app, Dementia Caregiver Solutions. She is founder and manager of the LinkedIn Group, Gerontology Professionals of Canada and the Aging Well for Women Facebook page. She is currently employed full-time as a Geriatric Mental Health Clinician. She enjoys writing, traveling, photography and exploring what it means to age well.

Angela began working with older people at a very young age. She found she really enjoyed it and made a life long career. She is the “go-to” person if friends and family have questions regarding aging and it has also helped her with her own parents as they age.

All that accumulation of “stuff” doesn’t matter anymore as we age. What matters most are the memories

According to Angela, it is very interesting to see what people are left with after 80 years of living. Sometimes they end up in one little room because they can’t afford a house anymore, or they’ve lost their partner and they just don’t need all that space.

Dementia

We talked about the various types of dementia which include:

  • Alzheimer’s which is the most common form
  • Vascular Dementia which is the type that can most be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices
  • Mixed Dementia which is Alzheimer’s plus vascular combined
  • Lewy Body
  • Korsakoff’s which can be caused by alcohol consumption

What are some ways to improve memory Skills?

  1. Pay Attention
  2. Form habits to help manage misplaced items
  3. Association or cues
  4. Learn it and store it correctly
  5. Keep Physically active. The brain needs oxygen to thrive and survive

Angela has provided a Freebie for my listeners. Five Strategies to Help Improve Memory Skills. This goes over these in more detail and can be found at http://rockyourretirement.com/MemorySkills

Books

Caring for a husband with Dementia: The Ultimate Survival Guide

A Book About Burnout: One Social Worker’s Tale of Survival

Contact information: Phone: (855) 974-4219  *  Email: CareToAge@gmail.com  *  Website: www.AngelaGGentile.com

If you’d like to share your story with Angela and me, go to the show notes at Rock Your Retirement.com and leave a comment.  And you can talk with me and other listeners of the show in our private Facebook Community.  Just click on the community tab of the website.

What are the causes of Dizziness? episode 096

Image of Dr. Kimberley Bell, who talks about causes of dizzinessHave you ever experienced vertigo? What are the causes of dizziness?

Dr. Kimberley Bell, DPT has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 15 years, and she specializes in helping people with dizziness.  She assesses and treats vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance in people of all ages.  She also helps with other issues thought to be related to aging as well.

I brought her on the show to talk about the causes of dizziness, and also some potential treatments that can help.

What is Balance?

You might have heard of the five senses. These five senses are hearing, taste, sight, smell, and touch.  But there is another sense that we don’t talk about. That is the sense of balance.  Without it, you wouldn’t be able to sit or stand upright because you wouldn’t be able to tell which way “up” was.  And you couldn’t tell where “here or “there” was.  Without a sense of balance, gravity, wouldn’t mean anything.  It would be fair to say that without any sense of balance, life would be unimaginably disabling.1

Dr. Bell was a wealth of information, especially if you know someone, or you are personally experiences vertigo, equilibrium problems, or the like.

She told a story of a client who had experienced vertigo since she was 56 years old.  This person had CT scans, MRIs, and cardiac testing to try to find the causes of dizziness.

Dr. Bell did an assessment and found crystals in her inner ear.  BPPV, or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, occurs when a patient has crystals in her inner ear.  It’s the most common cause of vertigo, which is that feeling of spinning that some people get.

This feeling is not life-threatening (unless you fall and hit your head!).  It comes on suddenly and is usually brief.  You can trigger BPPV when you hold your head a certain way or move your head a certain way.  And of course, its a type of vertigo, or a false sense of movement.

Oh, and by the way, it can sometimes be cured by the right therapist. As a matter of fact, Dr. Bell was able to solve her patient’s problem (in the story above) in just a few visits.

Why can’t my doctor find what my causes of dizziness are?

Many physicians don’t know how to diagnose it, and they are also not trained in how to solve the problem.  Many don’t know the causes of dizziness in their patients.

The difficulty of making the right vestibular diagnosis is reflected in the fact that in some populations, more than one-third of the patients with a vestibular disease consult more than one physician – in some cases up to more than fifteen.2 

Not only that but one recent large epidemiological study estimates that as many as 35% of adults aged 40 years or older in the United States—approximately 69 million Americans—have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction 3  

Dr. Bell shares a story in her blog:  

Since February 21, the medical care that I have personally received has caused me to experience vertigo anytime I chew solid food. This was never a problem before.

Obviously, I’m not still working with that healthcare provider whose treatment worsened my symptoms, but recovering from the harmful results of the care that I received has taken me now over six weeks. My symptoms have been so bad that my husband has taken off work one or two days every week in order to take care of me.

If I didn’t have him, I’m sure I would’ve had to hire a caregiver by now! I’ve been living with mild to severe vertigo off and on since I was five years old, after my first childhood concussion.4 

Dr. Bell shares a lot of information in the episode.   Common medications that treat dizziness can cause dementia-like symptoms!   The good news is that dementia can go away with treatment.

You can contact Dr. Bell to find out your causes of dizziness on her website at http://BetterLifeBalance.com or info@BetterLifeBalance.com.

*Please note:  Neither the Rock Your Retirement Show nor the host, Kathe Kline provide medical advice.  Please consult your own practitioner about any healthcare issues that you have.

  1. Vestibular Disorders – Whirled Foundation, Vestibular Disorders, http://www.whirledfoundation.org/dizziness-imbalance-vertigo/vestibular-disorders/
  2. Balance disorder – Wikipedia, Balance disorder, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balance_disorder
  3. About Vestibular Disorders | Vestibular Disorders Association, About Vestibular Disorders, http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder
  4. Living with a Vestibular Disorder – Dr Kimberley Bell, DPT, Living with a Vestibular Disorder, https://www.betterbalanceinlife.com/4011-2/

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