Alzheimer’s Disease: A Scary Thought

Elderly WomanWhat was I going to write about? Oh yes, I remember. I just had a senior moment there.

Have you ever felt like that? Are you worried about whether it’s “just” a “senior moment”, or something much more scary – Alzheimer’s?

Losing one’s mental capacity ranks near the top on any list of fears about the future as people get older. The good news about some of our health care advances is that people are living longer. The bad news is that with living longer comes a significant risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

Of all the topics we have asked our listeners to comment on from the Dr Carol Show, this one generated more response than any other. When we asked our listeners if they would want to know if they were going to get Alzheimer’s disease, and what they would do differently if they were, here’s a sample of the responses:

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Why is Health Care So Expensive?

Health Care CostsThe United States has the dubious distinction of spending more money on health care for every man, woman, and child than any other country in the world. Just check the graph at the right.

And yet we are far from being the healthiest.

Why is it so expensive? We want to be healthy, but our spending doesn’t seem to be getting us there.

Health Care Costs GCPAnd it’s not only the dollar amounts that are rising. The percent of our GDP that is spent on healthcare continues to rise as well.

How much should we spend on health care? That’s not an easy question to answer. And that discussion will continue to give rise to much debate.

Why does it cost so much? That’s easier to answer, even though it’s not simple.

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[Newsletter] A Streetcar Named Desire

Totally Free Ministries LogoWe need close intimate personal relationships. Our desires are strong, and they incorporate the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of our being.

Desire is beautiful. Desire is dangerous.

If we ignore our desires, they don’t go away – they get stronger and go underground.

If we give in to our desires indescriminately, the objects of our desires may just end up destroying us.

How can we navigate our human desires and find their true home?

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Did You Build Your Health?

Senior Working OutPresident Obama stirred up some strong controversy last Friday when he stated in one of his speeches, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

While the politics of that statement have occupied a great deal of the airwaves over the past few days, I have a different take on this controversy. What about your health? Who is responsible for your health or the lack thereof?

What about this: “If you’re healthy, you didn’t do that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Do you really believe that’s true? Who do you want to blame if you’re NOT healthy? And how far are you going to go? What else are you not responsible for?

How about these:

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HALT: Five Ways to Stay Filled Up

Toddler drinking water from hoseWe human beings are needy. It seems like we are always leaking and in need of getting filled up.

Our bodies need water, food, air, exercise, and rest. Disrupt the regular availability of any of these, and you won’t survive very long!

Our minds need stimulation, entertainment, perspective, feedback, humor, and rest. Mess with any of these for very long, and your mind will lose its resilience.

Our souls need communication, intimacy, encouragement, challenge, hope, meaning, depth, joy, and love. And when we don’t experience these, we go looking.

And it’s in the LOOKING that we can get into trouble.

Twelve-step programs have a phrase that illustrates this: Don’t get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. HALT – when these needs are not met, you’re in danger! Your thinking gets cloudy, and you can easily reach for an unhealthy addiction.

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