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     Years ago, the phrases "hardening of the arteries" and "getting senile" were broad brush short descriptions of the physical and mental deterioration associated with aging.  Now much more is known in much greater detail.  But now, when you search using typical key words and Internet search engines, you may be overwhelmed with results.


     This page is to help you to quickly find informational resources that you might find useful as you seek to understand the realm of aging (it is not the purpose of this web page to provide any medical advice or related professional services, and we are not responsible for the contents of the following resources, etc.):


1.  What are some warning signs for early detection of decline in memory or thinking skills?  In a hurry to get some insights, click the following link:



2.  What is dementia?  According to alz.org, "Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities."  For more insights, go to:



Note from same source: "Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as "senility" or "senile dementia," which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging."


3.  What is Alzheimer's?  Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.  The Alzheimer's Association provides a wealth of information.  For insight, click on the following link:



4.  What is Vascular dementia?  According to alz.org, this kind of dementia may occur after a stroke, and it is the second most common dementia type.  However, this source notes that "there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies".  For more insights, click the following link:



5.  What are some typical age-related memory loss and other changes compared to Alzheimer's?  Use the following link and scroll down about midway through the web page to find a table to consider:



6.  Is there a checklist to use before going to the doctor that will be helpful?  You might find that the following link is useful:



7.  The brain is a complex organ.  Are there some little-known disabling brain diseases that can be misdiagnosed as some of the more common ones?  For insights, visit:


For more insights, visit and view the resources of interest to you:

8.   Worried that you might personally have to deal with dementia yourself?  If you wish to have a way to communicate your private concern with your loved ones and medical professionals, why not print out a copy of the following request for a Dignified Diagnosis:



8.  What is Huntington's?  Briefly, per alz.org, "Huntington's Disease (HD) is a progressive brain disorder caused by a defective gene. This disease causes changes in the central area of the brain, which affect movement, mood and thinking skills."  To gain some insights, just click on the following links:



The site also notes that: "There is currently no cure for Huntington's disease and no way to slow or stop the brain changes it causes. Treatments focus on managing symptoms."  The following link provides some insights into the global efforts to deal with this challenge:



9.  What is Parkinson's?  The alz.org provides an overview of Parkinson's disease dementia.  It notes that: "The brain changes caused by Parkinson's disease begin in a region that plays a key role in movement. As Parkinson's brain changes gradually spread, they often begin to affect mental functions, including memory and the ability to pay attention, make sound judgments and plan the steps needed to complete a task."  For more insights, click on the following link:



10.  Is there a commercial web site that provides a more comprehensive set of resources and links for issues associated with aging?  While there are thousands, one that stands out is via a service provided by Johnson & Johnson, Inc.  The following link is to the index of the site map, which has a wealth of information and should prove to be worth your time to review:



11.  Are there some other key web sites that provide more insights?  Sure.   Thousands of them!  The following are several of the key ones that you might consider:


The National Institutes of Health for Seniors:


The National Institute on Aging:


The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization



12.  Is there a starting point for questions about elder law?  Check out:



13.  The title of this book is to the point:  "Elder Care: The Road to Growing Old Is Not Paved"  It is described as current and easy to read.  You can get a printed copy or download it to your Kindle reader via the following link:



14.  Reminder: Tapp Family Home, Inc., makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this site.  At times links will become broken due to edits by the web site owner.  We appreciate it when a user of this page lets us know so we can update or delete the reference.



1.  QuitDay.org, helps educate the community on how smoking accelerates aging (www.quitday.org)
2.  American Cancer Society, who also supports health education (http://www.cancer.org/).
3.  Rheumatoid Arthritis insights by dedicated professionals:  www.rheumatoidarthritis.org
4.  Painkiller Addiction issues are diverse and impact Seniors, in particular those with chronic pain.  Two resources as starting points for concerned family members are:
          www.samhsa.gov       (directory of providers across USA, and lots of information)
          http://forterustreatment.com/seniors-and-addiction/    (comprehensive reading files on this subject)
5.  your suggestions?
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