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All About Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Aug 24, 2019 in Health | 0 comments

Most of us have heard of Alzheimer’s disease before. The symptoms are often utilized as plot points in our favorite movies and television dramas, and because of how common the condition is — many of us likely have family or friends living with the condition.

But, how many of us are actually familiar with the disease? For how widely discussed the condition is, many of us know little about it besides some of the noteworthy symptoms. Consider this blog post an attempt to better educate myself and others about Alzheimer’s…keep reading to learn more!

What is Alzheimer’s?

It doesn’t hurt to start with the basics. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder in which brain cells and their connections die over time, resulting in the loss of memory and other functions. The disease was first discovered in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer.

According to the National Institute on Aging, the disease is the sixth leading cause of death of death in the United States. However, experts believe it may be the third leading cause of death among older adults.

Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s.

Symptoms

Because the disease is so common, it is important to keep any notice of any warning signs you may notice in your own behavior or that of your loved ones. Some of the common warning signs to look for include:

  • Significant memory loss that interferes with your daily routine
  • Loss of cognitive function — such as loss of vocabulary when writing or speaking
  • Inability to solve problems
  • Sudden changes in behavior that are dramatic and erratic
  • Inability to keep track of time
  • Frequent misplacement of items and belongings
  • Anti-social behavior

It is important to note that the first warning sign exhibited depends on the person in question. Usually, the symptom that usually appears first is issues related to cognition — such as issues related to remembering vocabulary, spatial awareness, and impaired judgment.

If you notice many of these symptoms among you or your loved one, reach out to a medical professional as soon as possible.

Causes and Prevention

Medical researchers have spent their entire livelihoods investigating exactly what causes Alzheimer’s. There are no definite findings yet, but experts believe that the development of Alzheimer’s disease can be linked to both genetics and lifestyle factors.

Genetics. Researchers have not identified a specific link associated with Alzheimer’s, but a certain form of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene does increase someone’s risk for developing the disease in the future.

In addition to the APOE gene, scientists have also classified certain areas of the genome that may be associated with Alzheimer’s.

Another potential cause of Alzheimer’s is lifestyle factors. Eating a nutritious diet, regularly exercising and keeping the brain stimulated may help you avoid developing Alzheimer’s, though there are no guarantees. A newly discussed cause of Alzheimer’s may be sleep deprivation, due to the high levels of beta-amyloid, a substance produced that creates plaques on the brain, produced while we are awake. As a result, it is always a good idea to invest in services like Silent Night Therapy.

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The Nature of Bicycle Accidents

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bicycles are lightweight, cheap, and accessible modes of transportation that are increasingly important to a world increasingly less dependent upon non-renewable forms of energy. On a grand scale, oil and gas will not be around for much longer. Gears and pedals, however, are here to stay.

Unfortunately, just as car accidents are prevalent in life, so too are bike accidents a common occurrence. Even worse, bicycle accidents are more dangerous than other accidents because bicycles lack the protection and safety mechanisms that are found in modern automobiles. If a bicyclist collides with a pedestrian or a car, the bicyclist can incur severe injuries.

I love bicycles and I am interested in increasing the awareness of safety around the topic, so I did some research and found a really important tip on how to prevent bike accidents, in addition to information about the injuries that can result from them:

Always be seen

One of the biggest predictors of bicycle accidents is the visibility of the person riding the bicycle; if the person is wearing dark colors while riding their bike in the middle of the night, accidents are bound to happen. In the same way that drivers ought to drive defensively and always be on the lookout for others’ mistakes, it is in a cyclist’s best interest to assume that others are not paying close attention to the road and the road’s other inhabitants.

Wearing a reflective vest and indicating lights is also a great idea for increasing visibility and equally, the safety of a cyclist. Another idea to consider to improve safety as a cyclist is solely riding in the main pathways of a road — especially within areas that are the most well-lit. There are two reasons to take this into consideration: first, it is easier for cars to see a bike if the rider is in a lit area. And secondly, if a bicycle accident were to happen (even if it is simply a bike crashing into a stationary object), being in a well-lit area is going to increase the chances of being seen by bystanders who can call medical services.

Sticks and stones…

As the law firm Hare Wynn describes, bicycle accidents are particularly dangerous. If a person riding a bicycle accident is not wearing a helmet, the likelihood of traumatic brain injuries resulting from an accident skyrocket. It is crucial to exercise a surprisingly high amount of caution when riding a bike in order to not crash. A small amount of this caution must go toward the precautionary step of wearing a helmet, even on the shortest of rides.

Another large share of injuries that occur from bike accidents are cuts and bruises. While this may seem like a small deal, it must be remembered that even small cuts can result in dangerously large amounts of blood loss. And while bruises are not usually dangerous, if they are deep enough they can cause uncomfortable swelling to the point of cutting off blood flow to tissues.

As you can see, there is no such thing as a small accident when it comes to bicycles. Wear bright colors, keep your eyes on the road, put on a helmet, and know the risks before you step on your pedals!

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More Couples Should Consider Prenuptial Agreements

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Divorce | 0 comments

We all know the story behind the prenuptial agreement. A very rich celebrity couple sign a prenuptial agreement despite claiming they plan to stay together forever. Six months later, they get divorced and somehow, they end up fighting things out in court despite the prenup.

For most of us, this story is full of assumptions about the prenuptial agreement. First, it only applies to the very rich. Second, it’s for flaky people who can’t stay married and never really have an intention to do so. Third, the prenuptial agreement is easily broken and really just leads to more legal headaches. And fourth, the prenup is really just a means of getting attention.

The thing is, all of these assumptions are wrong. The idea that the prenuptial agreement exists solely to help fuel the gossip magazine and reality TV market is ridiculous, when you think about it. The prenup wouldn’t exist if it is was so useless and made life so dramatic for everyone.

It’s time to disabuse ourselves of just what a prenuptial agreement is and what its purpose is. In fact, this agreement can make life a lot easier for many of us, and not just if we’re rich. With such a high percentage of marriages ending in divorce in America, more of us would benefit from the simple, straightforward process a prenuptial agreement allows. To make this a more popular option, though, we need to demystify it and focus more attention on the benefits instead of the negative assumptions.

With that in mind, we need to reestablish, first and foremost, what a prenuptial agreement is. According to Adams Law Firm in Houston, Texas, a prenup is nothing more than “a written agreement drawn up before the marriage. This document can be used to prevent disputes later down the line, should a divorce occur.”

In other words, all a prenuptial agreement does is streamline a potential divorce if it should ever occur. There’s not a word in there about having millions in assets that need protection. So, the first assumption can be done away with. Anyone can have a prenuptial agreement, no matter how much they’re worth. It just avoids future arguments over property and assets.

The above definition also takes care of assumption number 3. Prenuptial agreements aren’t easy to fight. In fact, they almost always lead to a simpler, less expensive, shorter, and less stressful divorce. That obviously makes this a fairly worthwhile thing to consider, since we know about the high divorce rate, meaning this isn’t really about getting attention, it’s just good common sense.

That leaves the second assumption, that only flaky people who expect a divorce draw up a prenuptial agreement. Here’s the thing. We are always told to prepare for the worst-case scenario in every aspect of our lives – except marriage. We should have money saved in case of an accident or in case we suddenly lose our job. We should be prepared for bad luck and misfortune around every corner. Yet, somehow, we’re told not to prepare for that in our own love lives. Why should marriage be any different?

It’s time to move past this prejudice and do the smart thing before we jump into a marriage. It’s time to give the prenup a new reputation, so it can really do its job.

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Easing your Mind When it Comes to Bankruptcy

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

The worst feeling in the world is when you owe money that you don’t have. Your mind is racing trying to think of ways to make ends meet, pay your bills, and avoid the creditors while still living a healthy life. It’s a mentally draining feeling, that can extend into physical exhaustion when times are hectic, and money is scarce. Bankruptcy can occur for many reasons. Anyone who has faced steep healthcare bills, high mortgage payments, or been displaced from work for a while can find themselves dealing with substantial monetary issues and considering bankruptcy.

I found some reading about bankruptcy law, and what exactly the whole process entails. I know the general stigma of bankruptcy; it’s never a good thing to have on your record, and you can’t loan money from anywhere, which leaves you economically crippled. Many people are scared to find out the details concerning how and when to file for bankruptcy. However, when you find the courage to look into it, you’ll see that bankruptcy is a viable option that can relieve a lot of pressure. 

With an attorney’s help, bankruptcy can be filed for a plethora of reasons. Anyone facing issues with medical bills, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance coverage, can get help from an attorney filing for bankruptcy. Retired and active members of the military can use the advice of an attorney to present their case and file for bankruptcy as well. There are many reasons and avenues by which to file for bankruptcy, all of which can be made more accessible and more transparent with the help of reliable legal counsel.

There are many reasons why someone could file for bankruptcy; it could be for healthcare, credit card, mortgage, or bills. The list is long, and sometimes it can feel like there are multiple commas in the total dollar amount owed. Exploring the option of bankruptcy can give you the feeling of and an actual second chance.

In most cases, those who owe money aren’t irresponsible or bad with money; they’re often just plain unlucky. Those who file for bankruptcy often find themselves working diligently to secure a stable lifestyle for themselves and their families, and to see success at it too. My recommendation is this: keep your mind open, and options will appear, many of which will be astronomically better than you ever thought they would. Many people have changed their lives for the better as soon as they opened their minds up to other possibilities, and their mind, spirit, and family have all thank them for it. With competent legal counsel who cares about you and your loved ones, you can find your second chance.

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Most People Need a Lesson in Boating Safety

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It was a beautiful Fourth of July day to be out on the lake with friends, in our rented boat, at least that was how it started.  We were just a bunch of dumb 20 something-year-olds, dancing and drinking without a care in the world.  Then, out of nowhere, some dumb teenage kids, racing jet skis, must have decided to try and see if they could, one-by-one, launch themselves and their jet skis over our above average size vessel.  It should not have taken a genius to realize that this was a horrible idea with quite possibly disastrous outcomes in its future.

We, on the boat, did not realize what they about to do, let alone what they had planned to do, until the first brave, yet also stupid, soul tried to launch himself over our boat, but missed and landed in my sister’s lap.  His jet ski slammed into the water and sent a huge wave our way that almost capsized our boat, at least it felt like it would.

Once we realized that this was just the first of four idiots out there with the same plan, and after we got over the shock of a surprisingly not drunk or half-baked teenager landing in our boat, we next tried to wave off, frantically, by the way, the next wave of teenage stupidity.  There is no way in heaven or hell that the next one could have possibly thought that our waves and yelling were signs of encouragement.  But, bless his probably big heart because he did it anyway.  It all happened way too fast, and they’re way too many other boats around, for us to try and move our boat and avoid all of this chicanery.

I don’t know if he forgot to lift the jet ski, or did get as good of a running start as his other friend over here, but this guy never even left the ground.  He plowed right into us, causing a jet ski sized hole to form right in the middle of our boat.

We didn’t really even bother to look to see if he was alive.  That was his friends’ job.  Instead, we, the boating party, scrambled around for the life jackets, which we learned too late were non-existent on this vessel.

While fully acknowledging that we were about to sink, we all jumped overboard.  Fortunately, we can all swim because we’re all not morons and know basic life skills.

Nearby boats help us into their boats, and gave us towels.

The kids that still had their jet skis picked up their friends and scurried away.  Fortunately, other boat owners out here saw what was happening and called the coastguard, who was waiting for them amidst the crown of party boats.

Needless to say, both this set of juveniles and the people who rented us the boat, who did not give us enough life jackets and recommended this particular spot to park our boat, will be hearing from our parents’ very powerful and very expensive attorneys.

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