It’s That Time of Year Again!

Now that you’ve decided what new foods on a stick you want to try, be sure to plan out the rest of your time at the 2016 Great Minnesota Get-Together! HealthStar Home Health is returning to the Minnesota State Fair again this year on a mission to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by providing FREE memory screenings to anyone who stops at our booth. We will be located in the Health Fair 11 building at the intersection of Dan Patch and Cooper streets. Our booth will be open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm with FREE memory screenings taking place until 6:00 pm each day of the fair, which runs August 25th – September 5th, 2016.

Alzheimer’s is not just a disease affecting older people. Early-onset Alzheimer’s can affect people who are younger than 65 years of age and close to 5% of the more than 5 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease have younger-onset. HealthStar Home Health and the Alzheimer’s Association understand that early detection is key and encourage those who may be experiencing confusion or difficulty in these areas to stop by for a FREE, confidential memory screening:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or at leisure
  • Challenges in solving problems or planning
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Changes in mood or personality

Although many of these symptoms may sound familiar, that does not mean a person is experiencing early-onset Alzheimer’s. There is typical age-related changes and functions we all experience as we age, but proper early detection and treatment is important so stop by our booth for a face-to-face memory screening. The FREE, confidential memory screening will only take a few minutes and consists of a series of questions and tasks that will access memory. Knowing that as many as 70% of families are opting to care for their aging loved ones at home, HealthStar offers a program called Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care which offers support both in and out of the home to the caregivers and families dealing with the stress and challenging behaviors associated with this disease. HealthStar Home Health feels strongly that memory loss screenings are the first step toward the detection and treatment of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

HealthStar will also be hosting a “Ask the Expert” session at the MN State Fair on August, 29th from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Dr. Sonia Mosch, PhD., Clinical Neuropsychologist for the MN Wild (NHL Concussion Program), will be the guest expert. Dr. Mosch performs neuropsychological assessments for individuals concerned about the onset of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. If you have questions concerning the brain, now is your opportunity to “Ask the Expert”. Dr. Mosch will also be discussing:

  • The purpose for assessments, general methods, and uses in diagnoses of dementia versus normal aging
  • What to expect if you are referred for a neuropsychological assessment due to dementia concerns or symptoms
  • Recommendations that may arise from a neuropsychological assessment
  • Answer questions fairgoers may have regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia

Plan to join HealthStar and our guest expert Dr. Sonia Mosch in the East Crossroads Auditorium in the Health Fair 11 building on August 29th at 10:00 am for a very informative “Ask the Expert” session!

HealthStar Home Health proudly serves our Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota metro communities by not only offering FREE memory screenings at the Minnesota State Fair, but we are also sponsoring the 4th Annual Alzheimer’s Blondes vs Brunettes Twin Cities fundraiser. This fundraiser is a volunteer-driven event that brings young professionals together to support the Alzheimer’s Association and will be held on September 10th, 2016 at Sea Foam Stadium, Concordia University. The event is organized around a flag football game in which the two participating teams are divided based on the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes. Funds raised this year at the Blondes vs Brunettes Twin Cities will benefit the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North Dakota chapter. Blondes vs Brunettes Twin Cities is a strategic initiative of the Chapter’s Young Champions. To learn more about this fun event, including how you can volunteer or participate, visit their website:  http://bvbtwincities.org/index.html

If you or a loved one are concerned about symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, plan to stop for a visit at our booth in the Health Fair 11 building at the intersection of Dan Patch and Cooper at the MN State Fair and participate in a FREE, confidential memory screening.  Our booth will be open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm with HealthStar Home Health professionals conducting memory screenings until 7:00 pm each day of the fair.

See you at the fair!

Memory Care – Early Detection is Key!

Alzheimer’s is not just a disease that affects older people. Early-onset Alzheimer’s can affect people who are younger than 65 years of age and close to 5% of the more than 5 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease have younger-onset. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, many Americans with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease are in their 40s and 50s. These alarming statistics and others related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are what drive HealthStar Home Health to spread the word about the importance of early detection.

The brain is a powerful and complex organ with just three main parts that make up the brain itself. Alzheimer’s disease is present when the activity of neurotransmitters and electrical charges in our brain’s function is disrupted. A person with Alzheimer’s will experience nerve cell death and tissue loss in the brain and over time the brain will shrink dramatically, which in turn affects nearly all brain function.

In the very early stages of Alzheimer’s, before testing can even detect the symptoms, a person may notice slight issues in the learning and memory as well as the thinking and planning functioning of the brain. Early symptoms may include confusion or difficulty in these areas:

  • Time and place
  • Completing routine tasks at work or home
  • Finding the right words to use or joining a conversation
  • Misplacing items
  • Judgement or decision-making
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Avoiding work or social activities

Many of these symptoms may sound familiar, but that doesn’t mean a person experiencing some of these has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. There is typical age-related changes and functions we all experience as we age. The changes experienced by a person with Alzheimer’s are much more extreme, advanced and happen more often than a typical ‘forgetful moment’.

Early detection is key, so if you or a loved one are noticing changes and symptoms don’t ignore them! There may be treatment available as well as clinical studies, so make an appointment with your primary physician right away to discuss health options.

HealthStar Home Health is proud to serve our Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota metro communities by offering FREE memory screenings. HealthStar is returning to the 2016 Minnesota State Fair beginning in August with a mission to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by, once again, providing FREE memory screenings to anyone who stops by our booth. HealthStar Home Health understands the importance of proper early detection and treatment of dementia or Alzheimer’s and is offering face-to-face memory screenings which will only take a few minutes to complete and consist of a series of questions and tasks that will access memory. Knowing that as many as 70% of families are opting to care for their aging loved ones at home, HealthStar offers a program called Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care which offers support both in and out of the home to the caregivers and families dealing with the stress and challenging behaviors associated with this disease. HealthStar feels strongly that memory loss screenings are the first step toward the detection and treatment of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Another way HealthStar provides support and care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is to be an official sponsor of a film about Alzheimer’s titled His Neighbor Phil. This film tells the story of Harvey, a man whose wife Mary has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. This touching film not only shows the effects of this disease on Mary, but also their entire family and the community they live in. Although the film deals with the honest realities, it mainly focuses its attention on the tireless work of the caregivers and how their lives are also affected by the disease. Take a moment to watch a trailer about the moving film His Neighbor Phil.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/110466802

If you or a loved one are concerned about symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, remember you are not alone. Early detection is important so plan to visit HealthStar Home Health at our booth in the HealthFair 11 building at the corner of Dan Patch & Cooper at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair to participate in a FREE, confidential memory screening. HealthStar Home Health will be conducting memory screenings August 25 – September 5 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm each day. See you at the fair!