HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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HELP FOR THE HOLIDAYS - Holiday celebrations are often joyous occasions, but they can be challenging and stressful for families living with Alzheimer’s. Help caregivers around the holidays by offering to help with cooking, cleaning or gift shopping. If a caregiver has traditionally hosted family celebrations, offer your home instead.


JOIN THE FIGHT -  Honor a person living with the disease and their caregiver by joining the fight against Alzheimer’s. You can volunteer at your local Alzheimer’s Association office, participate in fundraising events such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day, advocate for more research funding or sign up to participate in a clinical study as a healthy volunteer through the Alzheimer’s Association’s Trial Match.



To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and ways you can support families and people living with the disease, visit www.alz.org or contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24-hour Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

8 WAYS TO SUPPORT AN ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVER

appointment, participate in a support group or engage in an activity that helps them recharge. Even one hour could make a big difference in providing the caregiver some relief.


CHECK IN - Many Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers report feeling isolated or alone. So start the conversation – making a phone call to check in, sending a note or stopping by for a visit can make a big difference in a caregiver’s day and help them feel supported.


TACKLE THE TO-DO LIST - Ask for a list of errands that need to be run, such as picking up groceries or prescriptions. Offer to do yard work or other household chores. It can be hard for a caregiver to find time to complete these simple tasks that we often take for granted.


BE SPECIFIC & FLEXIBLE -  Open-ended offers of support (“Call me if you need anything” or “Let me know if I can help”) may be well-intended but are often dismissed. Be specific in your offer (“I’m going to the store; what do you need?”). Continue to let the caregiver know you are there and ready to help.

NOVEMBER IS BOTH NATIONAL ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH AND NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH.


To mark these events, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter encourages people to lend a helping hand to more than 274,000 Kentucky family members and friends serving as Alzheimer’s caregivers.


Providing help and support to caregivers can be easier than most people think. Even little acts can make a big difference. The Alzheimer’s Association offers these suggestions:


LEARN - Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s disease – its symptoms, its progression and the common challenges facing caregivers. The more you know, the easier it will be to find ways to help.


BUILD A TEAM - Organize family and friends who want to help with caregiving. The Alzheimer’s Association offers links to several free, online care calendar resources that families can use to build their care team, share tasks and coordinate helpers.


GIVE CAREGIVERS A BREAK - Make a standing appointment to give the caregiver a break. Spend time with the person with dementia and allow the care- giver a chance to run errands, go to their own doctor’s