Learn the Difference between Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
The number of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is now more than 5 million, according to the Alzheimer's Association. That number is expected to increase to 16 million by 2050. But not all dementia is Alzheimer's disease and knowing the difference can affect prognosis and treatment. It also helps families plan and prepare for the future. To understand the differences and to find out how you can lower your risk of developing one of these brain disorders, visit bit.ly/NN-Dementia101,
Stay Positive and Proactive after a Diagnosis
After a neurologic diagnosis, it's easy and understandable to get stuck in despair. Days may be marked by sickness, discomfort, and disability—and the future may seem bleak. Yet if your hopes, dreams, and ambitions remain the same, how do you rebuild your life? We asked people who had been through the journey or who had helped others through it to share their best advice. Find out what they say at bit.ly/NN-RaisingHope.
How to Live with and Manage Chronic Pain
Pain is a symptom of many neurologic disorders. It's also a disease in its own right. And for many people, chronic pain is so debilitating and disabling they consider or commit suicide. Chronic pain causes changes in the brain that can increase the risk of depression and affect how the brain perceives pain—creating a vicious cycle of more pain and more despair. But there is hope, experts say. Getting a diagnosis, seeing a neurologist who specializes in pain, and experimenting with different treatments are all strategies for managing chronic pain. For other tips, visit bit.ly/NN-LivingWithPain.
Know the Facts about Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury is more than just a bump on the head. It can cause lifelong memory problems, difficulties with concentration, vision loss, and mood disorders. Researchers are learning more each day about how to diagnose, treat, and prevent it. Read our collection on the condition and help lower your risks.
Exercise for Every Body
When Samantha Sherwood was 2 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare neurologic condition called opsoclonus myoclonus, which affects her vision and balance. She subsequently developed neuroblastoma, a cancer often associated with opsoclonus myoclonus. She required surgery to have her left adrenal gland removed, underwent chemotherapy, and received more steroids. Because of her poor balance, Samantha never learned to jump rope or ride a two-wheeled bike but for her ninth birthday (she's now 15), she received a quadricycle, which she rides every day for at least five miles. Exercise is important for everyone but it's particularly important for people with a neurologic condition who tend to be more sedentary due to disability, pain, or lack of motivation. And lack of activity can make symptoms such as constipation and pressure sores worse. Whether you need special equipment or just extra motivation to get moving, read our feature on exercise at bit.ly/NN-ExerciseForEveryone. For more inspiration, visit our archives about exercise here.