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Understanding and preventing dementia

The World Health Organization (WHO) designated October 10 as Mental Health Day in 1992 to highlight mental illness and its impact on lives internationally. Some of the 196 countries that are members of the WHO celebrate the week of October 6-13 to provide mental health education, awareness and advocacy globally. This year’s theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults.” Older adults are at risk for increased isolation and financial difficulty, and this may have a negative effect on physical as well as mental health. Many medical conditions such as stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure, to name a few, are all risk factors for depression. Older people may be reluctant to seek mental health services due to stigma, financial concerns, or fear of loss of independence. Continue Reading →

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State bill aims for athletic concussion protection, prevention

Law would set standards for head injury care, education for student-athletes and those who work with them
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

(Originally published May 5, 2011 in the MSR)

A bill that would establish education and return-to-play standards for youth athletes following a concussion currently is moving through the Minnesota Legislature. Five states this year already passed such laws: South Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado

and Utah. Bill supporters are optimistic that it will be passed before this year’s session concludes in May. A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. It is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, and can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Continue Reading →

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What is Alzheimer’s disease and why should I care about it?

Alzheimer’s disease — the most common cause of dementia — is a group of brain disorders that cause a loss of intellectual and social skills. “Dementia” is an umbrella term describing multiple diseases and conditions that develop when nerve cells (neurons) in the brain die or are unable to function normally. Continue Reading →

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