Alzheimer’s The “Invisible Patients”

une is Alzheimer’s awareness month. I wanted to shed some light on the caregiver’s, loved ones and friends that are left to grieve the process of this devastating disease. Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia does not only affect the person with the disorder, it affects the entire family.
In fact, the impact on families can be so extensive that experts on the subject have referred to primary caregivers as “the second victims of Alzheimer’s” and families as “the invisible patients.”
A research-based paper co-authored by Henry Brodaty, MD, and psychologist Marika Donkin, titled “Family Caregivers of People with Dementia,” offers detailed clinical insight into the actual effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the family unit.
The publication indicates that caregivers face many obstacles as they balance caregiving with other demands, including child rearing, their careers, and relationships. They are at an increased risk for burden, stress, depression and a variety of other health complications. The effects on caregivers are diverse and complex. Numerous studies report that caring for a person with dementia is more stressful than caring for a person with a physical disability.
The effects on caregivers include:
Increased Risk of Physical Illness – Caregivers report a greater number of physical health problems than noncaregivers. Caregivers are at increased risk of various problems including cardiovascular problems, lower immunity, poor sleep patterns, slower wound healing and higher levels of chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, ulcers and anemia.
Diminished Emotional Well-Being – Levels of psychological distress are significantly higher in dementia caregivers than in other types of caregivers and non-caregivers. Caregiver stress can result in serious psychological problems, including depression and anxiety that should be treated immediately.
Increasing Social Isolation – Caregivers often lack social contact and support, and, as a result, experience feelings of social isolation. Caregivers tend to sacrifice their own leisure pursuits and hobbies, reduce time with friends and family and give up or reduce employment in order to devote time to their loved one.
Growing Financial Challenges – Costs associated with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease are high. Direct costs include physician care, diagnostic tests, pharmaceuticals and personal nursing care. Indirect costs include loss of earnings by family caregivers as they
relinquish or reduce employment and paid hours out of either choice or necessity.
Quick facts:
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IS THE 6TH LEADINGCAUSE OF DEATH IN THE
UNITED STATES.
16.1 MILLIONAMERICANS PROVIDE UNPAID CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S OR OTHER DEMENTIAS.
THESE CAREGIVERS PROVIDED AN ESTIMATED 18.4 BILLION HOURS OF CARE VALUED AT OVER $323 BILLION.

The age where Alzheimer’s can start affecting a person is at the age of 30, though this is not common and reach all the way to age 90. There is a genetic test that you can get by a simple blood draw that will tell you whether you carry the gene. Now some would argue, why would I want to know? There is no cure for Alzheimer’s currently. You would have to speak to your doctor if you are at risk and develop a plan for yourself. The effects on the “invisible” patient can be devastating. Grieving the loss of a loved one when they are still here.
The most important thing to know, is you are not alone. If you’re taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s take time for yourself. You may want to seek counseling or join a support group. Just know you are not alone.

Woman Escapes Kidnapping While Jogging In Bridgewater [Video]

RIDGEWATER, MA – A Bridgewater man has been arrested in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a jogger Sunday morning. Police said Gordon Lyons, 57, tried to force a 37-year-old woman into his car while she jogged down Pleasant Street.

The attempted abduction happened around 7:35 a.m. Sunday morning. Video recorded by a nearby business (below at around 0:50 in the upper left corner) shows a man, who police identified as Lyons, stop his car, get out and run toward the woman. Police said he grabbed the woman’s arms and attempted to pull her toward his car. During this time, he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The woman fought back, and she and Lyons fell to the ground, according to police. Lyons fled the area, and the jogger took of a photo of the car as it drove off.

Here at Stat Medical, our number one priority is your safety at all times.  We constantly strive to stay on top of new technology and are always working to improve our products.  We are very proud of our Wearable GPS Tracking watch and are working on some amazing new features,  our location monitoring GPS watch.

 

Source: The Patch 

Women Escapes Kidnapperhttps://patch.com/massachusetts/easton-ma/woman-escapes-kidnapping-while-jogging-bridgewater

Alexandra

In the light of the recent high-profile suicides. I thought it was a good time to bring the subject of Mental Health to this forefront. Kate Spade suicide was a surprise to me. As a young adult, it was the first designer purchase that I made. I looked up to Kate, never meeting her in person. Looked up to her as a fashion Icon, the female that went up against the “Big Boys”. She had made a name for herself, literally using her own name. When I heard the news, I had to verify that it was true. I reached out to a friend of mine Vanessa, who is involved in the marketing world and asked her if she had heard. She had confirmed the tragic news.
Knowing she had what most people would think is everything, she didn’t think she had anything at all. So, is this is what depression looks like? I am writing this article because I believe that the mental health issue in this country is a real epidemic and with much little help and support are given to those in need. Boys have a higher risk of suicide than girls. I have always been open with my boys. Yes, boys need to be able to speak and allow their feelings to be heard. Too many times I hear, “toughen up kid” No, there is no difference between depression in girls or boys. The feelings of depression are the same regardless of gender.
Hopefully this article will shed some light on the subject and broaden our thought process and get people motivated to speak about it. I see depression and anxiety everywhere. Is it the fact that we are all forced to be driven to a point where it’s too late? I see kindergarten children bringing homework that stresses out their parents, can you imagine what it’s doing to our children? We have become a drive by society. Instant gratification, no longer waiting for things. Getting upset when something isn’t given to us right away. Are we just a righteous society? Are we pushing people to their “limits” because we all have limits. Have we gone too far?
Let’s talk about depression and the signs. Rarely do people ask for help due to the stigma that still exists in 2018.

Facts About Suicide in the US

The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals.        
Men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.
On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.

Suicide Rates by Age

In 2016, the highest suicide rate (19.72) was among adults between 45 and 54 years of age. The second highest rate (18.98) occurred in those 85 years or older. Younger groups have had consistently lower suicide rates than middle-aged and older adults. In 2016, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 13.15.

What Is Depression?
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Loss of energy or increased fatigue
Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
Feeling worthless or guilty
Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide
How can we help and what are the warning signs? The warning signs are below but, that doesn’t mean there is always a sign. Be vigilant.
Warning signs are indicators that a person may be in acute danger and may urgently need help.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself;
Looking for a way to kill oneself;
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose;
Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain;
Talking about being a burden to others;
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs;
Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless;
Sleeping too little or too much;
Withdrawing or feeling isolated;
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge; and
Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you see changes in your friends, loved ones talk about it. Let them know you are there for them. Let them know they are worthy. Have a suicide hotline readily available. I have a magnet that was given to my son by his college on our fridge. We as a society need to change the stigma of mental health. Our children are depending on it. Our children will turn into adults that may need help one day. Let’s teach how to ask for that help.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Lifeline (USA) at 1-800-273-8255 OR Text SIGNS to741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling.

References:
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), Fifth edition. 2013. www.save.org

Success Tips For Women In Male Driven Industries

As a woman in the technology world, I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes for women to be successful in a male-dominated industry.  Here are some tips for any women today in the industry.

What can women do to stand out as indispensable?

Don’t focus on being one of the few women in a field or an industry. Instead concentrate on consistently honing your “go to war work skills” to make yourself invaluable and an expert in your area or industry of choice. Do this by holding yourself to a standard of excellence and putting in the hours that make a difference in moving a business and your career forward.  I was just at a annual Technology conference. I touched base with one of my business managers and she asked, “How did it feel being the only women in the room?” I don’t look at myself as the minority in the room. I am just as qualified as everyone else there. I carry myself as such. I carry myself with poise and confidence and once again I have more passion then most.

Afraid to speak up?

Not only should you speak up, but you need to be direct in your speech. Don’t add qualifiers that make you seem insecure or powerless. You know the ones. “I’m not sure if you’ll agree”, “I’m sorry,” or “I’m not sure what you’ll think.” Don’t apologize. Period. You’re there for a good reason. Own that.  Most importantly, be brief. It’s important to have the ability to topline your information. No one wants to listen to long winded explanations.

Finding yourself being interrupted?

If you find you are being interrupted, there are two different approaches. You can be polite and explain you were speaking and are not done yet, or sometimes it’s wise to yield the floor. You can then mentally gather all the relevant facts and information for an appropriate response and demonstrate you are more facile with the issue. Most of all don’t lose your cool. By being in control you demonstrate strength.

The power of networking!!!

Who you know within your industry and area of expertise is a major advantage in moving your agenda forward, and some of the best connections are made outside the office. Use informal gatherings and industry events to make connections that may prove invaluable to projects and your career. By having strong contacts, you bring new resources to your company, gain credibility, and build a powerful professional network.  I belong to a strong Women’s Entrepreneur group called ETTWomen. Be around “Like Minded People.”

Are you not well versed on Public speaking?

You know what “they” say, the more you do it, the better you will become.  Perfect practice makes perfect. I do lots of public speaking anywhere I am asked.  Of course, depending on your industry. I will be speaking on June 1st at The Women’s Metro Summit, with the Lt. Governor and First Lady Murphy.  In my panel will be Lynette Barbieri and Vanessa Coppes both founders of EttWomen.  I will also be speaking at “Powerful You” Women’s Network. The topic will be “Where Do You Find Support in Times of Adversity?”  You can find all the information on my website www.statmedicalalert.net under “News/Information.”

Remember most of all follow your passion!

Alexandra’s Bio

Alexandra is well versed in the Special Needs Community as she herself has a special needs son.  When she is not working she dedicates her time to numerous organizations.  She sits on the board of SEPTA (Special Needs PTA), in Ocean Township as the secretary.  She is a proud member of EttWomen, Entrepreneur Think Tank for women in Manalapan. She is a member of the Geriatric Advisory Council. She is also a member of the National Alzheimer’s Association.  Alexandra is a Contributor to the Jersey Shore Scene as a local writer.  She has been featured in magazine publications such as; Garmany, Monmouth Health & Life, Community Magazine.  This year she will be alongside New Jersey Lt. Governor along with First Lady Murphy at The Women’s Summit in Newark NJ on June 1, 2018 where she will be speaking about “Diversity.” To purchase your tickets click on this link http://www.metrowomensummit.com/

STAT Medical provides products and services that help families manage situations that can sometimes be quite difficult. Whether you’re caring for a child with autism, a child that is being bullied at school, an independent senior who is at risk of injuring themselves, or a loved on experiencing Alzheimer’s or dementia.   We are always striving to be on the cutting edge of technology, to bring you the most up to date products for you and your family.  School safety is a project we are currently working on.

 

Alexandra

I have been running for quite some time now.  The great thing about running for me is that it allows me to be open to my creative side.  Allowing me to be more aware of my surroundings. However, in the same breath I am aware of the dangers women face running alone.   (There are no statistics tracking female jogger deaths specifically.) Take the infamous Central Park jogger case, when a beating and rape put a 28-year-old woman into a coma for 12 days, captivated America for years, and led to one of the most notorious false-imprisonment cases of all time. More recently, a string of three brutal unrelated deaths have made the news. Alexandra “Ally” Brueger, a 31-year-old nurse from Michigan, was shot and killed during an afternoon jog. A few days later, 30-year-old Karina Vetrano was found strangled after she set off on an afternoon run in Queens. Shortly after that, 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte, a Google employee who was visiting her parents in Massachusetts, was found dead, burned, and possibly sexually assaulted. She, too, had gone out running that afternoon. That narrative also gave female runners a sense that certain behaviors could protect us: not running after dark and avoiding remote areas, for instance. But these women, were all out in broad daylight.

Here are some safety tips on how to protect yourself while running or walking alone, no matter where you are:

  1. Always be aware of your surroundings
  2. Never run in the dark even though attacks have happened in the day time
  3. Always let someone know where you will be running and how long you will be gone
  4. NEVER EVER share social media pictures with a location attached to it
  5. If you listen to music, use only one ear bud.  This allows you to hear anyone coming up behind you
  6. Don’t wear a ponytail.  Silly as that may seem, someone can use that to take you down to the ground.  Instead hide your hair in a baseball cap
  7. DO NOT RELY on your cell phone for help, the number one item that will be taken away from you.

I use our GPS tracker watch, it has an SOS button on it that is easily accessed to press.  There are 18 programmable numbers on it. There is real time tracking. It looks just like a watch! There is a special mechanism to the watch, that we will not divulge unless we speak with you.  We do this, so it does not end up in the wrong hands. There is an app for IOS/Android so your family/loved ones can know where you are while running or anytime when you are alone. It is extremely important that we place an added layer of security to our everyday living.  Our world has changed, and we have to protect ourselves from harm.

Running remains my favorite activity in the world. It’s a profoundly solitary sport, one that forces me to be aware of both my mind and my body in a way that nothing else does; one that manages to be simultaneously meditative and exhilarating. Best of all, it’s remarkably freeing — or as close to freeing as I can get in a world where, to survive, women must constantly alter our behavior in the interest of our own safety.

Please share your stories with me.

Alexandra

Important questions to ask before you fly

Airline policies for families vary widely. Many rules, including whether to allow preboarding, are at the discretion of the gate agent. The best advice is to call ahead and ask the following questions, but be prepared for possible changes at the gate.

  • Is there a seat discount for a child younger than 2? (This question applies if you’d like to pay for a seat for your child rather than holding him in your lap during the flight.)
  • Do you offer seat discounts for children 2 and older? If so, for what ages?
  • Will you require proof of my child’s age and identity? If so, what proof is required, and when do I present it? (As crazy as it sounds, some babies have been stopped from boarding because their names are similar to suspected terrorists on “no-fly” lists. Carrying a government-issued birth certificate or passport may help avoid such snarls.)
  • Can we get seats in a bulkhead row? (Bulkhead seats have more room to stand and maneuver, but less room for stowing carry-ons.)
  • Are bassinets available on the flight? When should I reserve one? (Bassinets are available only for lap babies, and can be used only in bulkhead rows.)
  • Do all of your rows have extra oxygen masks? If not, can you seat us in a row that does? (This is important to ask if you’re traveling with a child who doesn’t have his own seat.)
  • Do you allow preboarding for families with small children? If so, will there be a preboarding announcement or do we have to ask at the gate?
  • Do lap babies get a baggage allowance?
  • Does a car seat count as a carry-on? If I have to check it at the gate, does it count against my baggage allowance?
  • Can we bring our stroller on board? Will it count as a carry-on? (This question applies if you want to wheel your child down the cabin aisle rather than checking your stroller when you board.)
  • Do you have diaper-changing facilities on the aircraft? (Most large airplanes have one restroom with a changing table.)
  • Do you offer children’s meals? What’s included? How far in advance should I order one?
  • Can you warm my baby’s bottle during the flight?
  • Is in-flight audio or video entertainment for children available?
  • Can my spouse or loved one get security clearance to accompany me to the departure gate if I need assistance?
  • Do you offer assistance with maneuvering through the terminal when making connecting flights? How can I arrange for that?

Additional questions to ask international airlines

Keep in mind that everyone – even a newborn – needs a passport to travel internationally. Make sure apply for your child’s passport well before your trip.

  • What do you charge for babies younger than 2? (For international flights, all children need a ticket, even those who sit on your lap and don’t have their own seat. A lap baby’s ticket often costs at least 10 percent of the price of a regular ticket.)
  • Do you offer seat discounts for children age 2 and up?
  • Can my child sit in his own car seat? If not, can the airline provide a car seat that’s safe and appropriate for my child?
  • If my child has a different last name, will I need additional documentation at the airport?

If you are traveling for Spring Break, this is a must read!

So, spring break is coming up next week for most of the school aged children.  It is so much fun for them to get out and forget about school and really enjoy just being a kid.  Though we all know as parents, it becomes a stressful time to prepare for this great trip.  Maybe your headed off to Disney or Mexico.  What a fabulous time you are all going to have.  But, oh wait did you ever have that pit in your stomach, where you turn around for one split second and now you can’t find your child?  I know I have.  It’s the worst feeling in the world.  You start by staying calm but then reality hits! I can’t see my child, what if he wandered away, what if a stranger took him/her?  What do you do next?  Well, there are security officers that will help you look for your child. Disney’s general policy is to not enact this system until 20 minutes have passed to be sure that the child is indeed lost.  Through my research a child has never not been recovered and returned safely while in Disney.  However, not everyone is as precise as Disney World when it comes to protocols.  Here are some tips to use and go over with your children:

  •  A general instruction for small children is “Stay where You can see Me.”
  •  A stroller is perfect for corralling a small child. Put a distinctive ribbon on your stroller so it will not also be lost!
  • Put some appropriate ID (yours and theirs) in a pocket, a tag on a lanyard around the neck, or pinned on a jacket. Cell phone numbers would be useful. This will also ID you to the cast member who returns your child.
  • Where there are multiple older children, institute the buddy system.

Our GPS Tracker gives you precise location to where your child is and with two way voice you can speak to your child.  It’s an amazing watch that will give you peace of mind while on vacation.  Where ever you decide to travel take us with you!  Safety is priceless!  Have a great vacation and bring back some great insights to share with us!

Is Social Media coming between you and your family time?

I think we have all sat around and wasted a full day on social media.  Has it gotten out of control?  Are you able to unplug? In the next few weeks, I am going to do research on how social media has affected our lives.  I became curious after  speaking with few friends, my husband and my oldest son who I think is a brilliant man, social media has impacted our lives. What is your idea of unplugging?  Do you all ready do this?  If you would like to be a part of my research, email me your story at statmedalert@gmail.com.

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Have you heard of Senior Advisors? We have a great one for you!

When it comes to Senior Living, The RIGHT PLACE Means Everything.  But it is one of the most confusing and most stressful times.   Today I met an amazing women who owns Oasis in Northern & Central New Jersey, who provides this service free of charge to you.  The owner’s name is Connie Pizzaro.

Yes, you are not mistaken, I did say free.  I think of Connie as your family’s concierge.  She gives you her undivided attention when attending to your family’s needs. She has a great back story which  you will have to go to her website Somerset.Oasis.SeniorAdvsiors.com to read it.  Oasis will help you find what ever assistance you need for your loved one.  Anything from Assisted Living, Independent Living, Retirement communities, skilled nursing homes, home health agencies and so much more.  Here at STAT Medical Alert we have the same philosophy.  We treat you like you are one of our family members.  That is what Connie and Oasis will do for your family.  STAT Medical Alert will be working with Oasis to provide medical alert devices to anyone who requires one.  Our no contract and affordable pricing is really a great fit for anyone who is looking for an affordable option.  Give Connie a call at 732-524-8864 or email her at CPizarro@youroasisadvisor.com for a no-obligation consultation.


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