Behavioral Health, Dementia, Neurosciences

Behavior changes in dementia patients: Tips for caregivers

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or any memory disorder, the first thought might be that they will begin to forget things. While that is true, there are a host of other symptoms and changes that will occur. “As caregivers, we want to know what is normal and if there’s anything we can…

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Behavioral Health, Memory, Neurosciences

How to help a loved one cope with dementia-related decision-making changes

Dementia and other neurological disorders can have devasting effects on the patient and their family. One of the ways dementia changes someone’s life is its impact on decision-making: the ability to gather and process information to make a healthy or desirable choice. Read on for information about helping a loved one navigate the changes in…

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Behavioral Health, COVID19

Mental and spiritual health after COVID-19: Stress, depression and anxiety

It’s hard to believe the world has struggled with the COVID-19 virus and its variants for over two years now. From quarantine to vaccines, to isolation and upheaval, it’s no wonder we just don’t feel “normal.” Mental health after COVID-19 is complicated, and many people need help. “We were seeing a rise in the need…

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Behavioral Health, Heart, Norton Community Medical Associates

Anxiety symptoms persist along with COVID-19 pandemic

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, acute anxiety, panic attacks and similar topic searches online spiked following a March 2020 presidential declaration of a national emergency. Although researchers found anxiety-related searches soon returned to previous levels, emergency rooms and immediate care clinics have continued to see high levels of patients experiencing anxiety symptoms,…

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Behavioral Health, Behavioral Oncology, Cancer

Cancer care for the whole person includes emotional health

No one needs to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis is life-altering, and living with cancer can cause feelings of fear, sadness, nervousness and uncertainty, and a sense of being overwhelmed. At Norton Cancer Institute, the health care team understands that patients need both leading-edge medical care and support for their mental and emotional health…

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Behavioral Health, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Knowing your MS triggers can help reduce worsening symptoms or relapses

Multiple sclerosis (MS) triggers that worsen symptoms or cause a relapse can include stress, heart disease and smoking. While some are easier to avoid than others, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and overall health and wellness can have outsized benefits for MS patients. Every MS patient’s triggers are going to be different. Understanding what can cause…

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Behavioral Health, Health Equity, Norton Community Medical Associates

Norton Healthcare opens first 100% bilingual practice in Okolona

Esta publicación también está disponible en español. On Monday, Nov. 22, Norton Community Medical Associates – La Clínica Preston, Norton Healthcare’s first 100% bilingual practice, will open in Okolona specifically to serve Louisville’s Latinx community. “We are excited to bring together staff and providers who understand the unique health concerns of our Spanish speaking patients,”…

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Behavioral Health, Dementia, Memory, Neurosciences

Dementia risk increases dramatically after age 60 — here’s what to watch for

Symptoms of dementia in older adults aren’t reflected in the occasional mental slip, but a more substantial decline — the kind of drop in mental ability that interferes with daily activities and affects independence. Misplacing a pen or forgetting someone’s name is a normal loss of memory for someone who is older. Symptoms of dementia…

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Behavioral Health, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Taking care of yourself can affect multiple sclerosis progression and lifespan

Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) often means paying attention to wellness and diet, since taking care of yourself can affect disease progression — even lifespan. Wellness is essential to modifying the disease course, treating relapses, managing symptoms and promoting safety and independence. People living with MS can consider physical activity and diet as another kind…

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Behavioral Health, Norton Community Medical Associates

Stress about COVID: It’s not just you

The burden of fear and anxiety that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic, along with its guidelines, quarantines and worry about what risks to take, have been a rollercoaster for us all. Millions got vaccinated and restrictions were loosened, but the surge caused by variants brings a lot of uncertainty and along with another surge of…

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Behavioral Health, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now

Taking steps to reverse a pandemic drinking habit

Cutting back after a year of quarandrinking? Increased or excessive alcohol use during stressful times is not uncommon. If you’re looking to dry out, here’s what you need to know about drinking less after the pandemic and some warning signs to look out for when it comes to alcohol withdrawal, which can be a serious…

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Behavioral Health, Norton Now, Sleep Medicine

Chronic fatigue treatment starts by ruling out other causes of your symptoms

Treating chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME/CFS) starts with getting the right diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90% of those with chronic fatigue aren’t diagnosed, as the illness often is misunderstood and mimics common illnesses that usually get better without treatment. Chronic fatigue treatment options…

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