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  1. Tips for Caregivers

    When you notice that your loved one starts to need help, it may be hard to get them to understand and accept it. Cathy Alessi, MD, president of the American Geriatrics Society, offers these tips. As people get older, some are willing to accept help and some are not. When I see patients who are not d

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  2. Balancing Work and Caregiving

    If you're like most caregivers, taking care of your loved one isn't the only work you do. Trying to balance both can be hard. Here are some tips that might help. When your private life affects your work life, it's time to talk to your boss, says Amy Goyer, the AARP's home and family expert and autho

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  3. Restless Legs Syndrome and Sleep

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) steals sleep. It's usually worst in the evening and overnight, which can mean little rest, and fatigue the next day. "Most people with RLS have fragmented sleep, with difficulty falling asleep and repetitive jerking motions that can wake them up," says neurologist Nancy

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  4. Side Effects of MS Treatments

    When you're first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), so many different thoughts and worries can race through your mind. How will it affect my life? Will I be able to work? Will I lose my ability to walk? Having MS today is a lot different than it was a few decades ago. Medications like interfer

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  5. ADHD: 7 Life Skills Your Child May Need to Master

    Most adults take life skills for granted, like knowing when to wake up for work or take medication and how to balance their checkbook. Yet to a teen with ADHD, those tasks can become huge hurdles. Kids with ADHD tend to be much slower than their peers to develop skills needed to organize, plan, and

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  6. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: What to Expect

    A dementia diagnosis can be devastating -- not only for the person with the disease, but for those who love him, too. “There’s a grieving that occurs. You haven’t lost your loved one, but the person you know is going to change,” says Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, professor of geriatric medicine at Mount S

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  7. Early Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

    Michael Williamson was 16 years old when he noticed a few odd cramps one day at a cross-country track meet. His coach told him to run them out. A day or so later, he woke up paralyzed from the waist down. After a lot of testing and poking and prodding, Williamson was told he had something called tra

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  8. Treat and Prevent a Multiple Sclerosis Flare-Up

    Call it a flare-up, an exacerbation, an attack, or a relapse. Whatever you call it, it's not something you expect. When you have relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), you can go days or years without major changes in your symptoms. Then, suddenly, things change. You'll work closely with your

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  9. Clearing Away MS Brain Fog

    You’re having a conversation, and suddenly you can't remember the right word -- or the wrong words come tumbling out of your mouth. You're cooking dinner, the timer's going off, but you can't remember why you set it. When brain fog clouds your thinking, you may feel frustrated or embarrassed. You ma

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  10. Does Your Preschooler Have ADHD?

    How early is too early to tell if your toddler or preschooler might have ADHD? ADHD can be diagnosed in children as young as 4, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But at that age, many kids are active and impulsive. So what are the signs of ADHD? And if your young child is diagno

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