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Slowing or Preventing the Progression of Dementia

You recognize the actor’s face, but you forget her name; you know the meaning of the word you’re searching for, but can’t come up with the actual word; you forget where you parked the car or put the car keys. These instances are frustrating—even embarrassing sometimes—and can incite worry over whether you’re suffering from simple forgetfulness or something more severe. Unlike age-related cognitive decline, which is often characterized by forgetting and then remembering, dementia is a chronic and worsening forgetfulness, confusion or inability to complete basic cognitive tasks, to the point that it’s interfering with daily life. The illness can take a financial toll as well. According to a 2015 Alzheimer’s Association report, the total lifetime cost of care for someone with dementia is estimated to be $341,840. Alzheimer’s screenings and medications Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia (accounting for about two-thirds of cases). The Alzheimer’s Association has…

Finding the Right Mentor to Grow Your Career

Mentors can be crucial to your professional and personal development, no matter your career stage. But how do you find one? Should you choose someone in your industry? Does it need to be a person you know? Here are five strategies you should consider when trying to find a mentor who is right for you. 1. Find someone successful in your field. Do a little research to find a professional in your industry. If you’re a web designer, for example, you might want to ask a creative director to become your mentor. This person will be able to speak the right lingo, and he or she will likely know professionals in your industry, which will be helpful for climbing the ladder. You might think first of people within your company, but this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, your mentor doesn’t need to work with you — and…

Tips for Building a Powerful Personal Brand Online

In today’s crowded online market, building a successful personal brand has never been more important, no matter what position you have or industry you work in. An online personal brand sets you apart and helps you form a lasting impression on both employers, colleagues and customers. Without an attractive personal brand to reach your intended audience, it may be difficult for you to build a profitable business or land the job of your dreams. How can an online brand advance your goals? Personal brands are important to everyone, not just marketers and entrepreneurs. They can go a long way in advancing your professional status. For instance, if you want to take on more customers, your brand is crucial to attracting new clients and keeping the ones you already have. An online brand, when done right, provides customers not just with a snapshot of the services you offer but who you…

Want to Improve Your Health? Improve Your Sleep

You know that feeling when you wake up from a really great night’s sleep, when energy is abundant, and you feel balanced, strong and capable? You’re not imagining that feeling. Your body craves sleep, and functions better when it gets the recommended seven to eight hours it needs. But according to a study from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, about one-third of adults in the U.S. say that they get less than the recommended seven-eight hours of sleep. While a few bad nights of sleep tied to particularly stressful situations (like the night before a job interview or an early morning flight) likely won’t compromise your health, researchers are learning more about the adverse health effects related to chronic lack of sleep. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has linked the lack of sleep with a variety of health conditions, from diabetes to depression. According to…