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What are the signs of Alzheimer/ Dementia?

When dementia hits home it can be too late when you discover what it is and its impact on your loved one.  It can be devastating and hurting when you loved one can’t remember you or recall the great times you had together.  Alzheimer/Dementia is becoming more common in the African American community.  When I was personally faced with the way dementia effects my loved one I became compelled to do some research and share.

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.

Until recently, most of our understanding of the pathology of dementia was largely based on studies of white patients.  African-Americans suffer from these cognitive impairments at two to three times the rate of non-Hispanic whites, yet they are less likely to take part in research.  That has created a serious challenge for scientists, who are trying to persuade more blacks to participate in studies — both while they are alive and after they die.

History of medical abuse of African-Americans has made them very reluctant to participate in studies.   African-Americans don’t want their brain separated from their body when they are buried, said Stephanie Monroe, director of African Americans Against Alzheimer’s, which is engaged in various efforts to educate people about the disease and its effects.

It is beneficial to become familiar with the following  basic symptoms in the event that your elderly loved one starts exhibiting them:

1)MEMORY LOSS THAT DISRUPTS DAILY LIFE
Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. They may forget important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over.

2)CONFUSION WITH TIME OR PLACE
Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.  They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately.

3)DIFFICULTY COMPLETING FAMILIAR TASKS AT HOME, AT WORK OR AT LEISURE
People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

4)MISPLACING THINGS AND LOSING THE ABILITY TO RETRACE STEPS
Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again.

5)CHALLENGES IN PLANNING OR SOLVING PROBLEMS                                                         Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers, keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.

6)CHANGES IN MOOD AND PERSONALITY
The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.

7)TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING VISUAL IMAGES AND SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS
For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.

8)NEW PROBLEMS WITH WORDS IN SPEAKING OR WRITING
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”).

9)DECREASED OR POOR JUDGMENT                                                                                               People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming

10)WITHDRAWAL FROM WORK OR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
They may also avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.  They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team, social activities or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby.

While current medications cannot stop the damage Alzheimer’s causes.  As Alzheimer’s progresses, brain cells die and connections among cells are lost, causing cognitive symptoms to worsen. They may help lessen or stabilize symptoms for a limited time by affecting certain chemicals involved in carrying messages among the brain’s nerve cells.

If you see these symptoms contact a doctor.  Discuss the symptoms and solutions.  Don’t miss the signs like we did.

Ref: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/health/african-american-dementia-brain-donation-partner/index.html          https://www.alz.org       https://www.dementiasociety.org    https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_standard_prescriptions.asp

Information: Gail Carter-Cade communityoutreach@galacar.com                      http://galacar.com/community-outreach/dementia/                                                                        Location: GA LA CAR Beauty Salon, 2640 Cesery Blvd., suite 11 Jacksonville, Fl. 32211

 

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SALON OWNER FACEBOOK EYEBROW VIDEO GOES VIRAL.

Jacksonville, Fl.  A local salon owner posted a video entitled “DON’T LAUGH …Eyebrow Shaping, Tinting and Fill-in Experience at GA LA CAR” has gone viral. https://www.facebook.com/gala.car/videos/1428129977252390.  Viewed by more than 1.3 million and over 6,607 shares. Gail Carter-Cade of GA LA CAR Beauty Salon created a How to shape, tint and fill-in eyebrows video and uploaded it onto Facebook.  She used her daughter Gala Cade as her model.  The video was a demonstration of two popular professional products step by step how to tint application and fill-in.   The video went viral because of Gala’s lashes.  Gala had put on her own lashes but these lashes had a little more glue on them then usual.  She didn’t have on any makeup.   We love lashes because they enhance your beauty. In the video the main focus became her lashes.  I was thinking that people would look past the lashes and see the benefits and advantage of getting their eyebrows tinted and filled in.

People have been cruel and horrible saying all kinds of hurtful things about my daughter and I.  I would of never believed that people could be so hateful towards young people.  It would of been easy for her to consider disappearing.  Thankful that she is strong. We feel like celebrities because people care that much about our simple video.

People began questioning the professionalism of the salon owner and the salon.  Gail Carter-Cade received her cosmetology license in New York and she was the first African American to receive a scholarship to attend Christine Valmy School for Esthetics, Skin Care and Makeup.  She also taught at the school and was a freelance makeup artist for Ebony Man Magazine.  When Mrs. Carter-Cade came to Jacksonville, she became the First African American to have her picture featured in the Yellow Pages under beauty salons.

While Gala was in elementary school it was brought to Mrs. Carter-Cade’s attention that she was having difficulties in reading.  It was noted that she had Dyslexia or Learning Disabilities. Once Mrs. Carter Cade became aware of this she began to learn all she could about it and ways to help Gala.  She  has graduated from high school and has been promoted on her job of three years.  Mrs. Carter-Cade became and is known as a special needs advocate in the community.  Mrs. Carter-Cade created http://www.whatzuup.org website and a soon to be released book to give parents more insight and understanding of special needs so that they can embrace and help their student.

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One thing she instilled in Gala was confidence, leadership, pride and not to give up. These qualities has helped her stand strong against the negative posts made on facebook in regards to her lashes.  We now refer to her as Queen Lashes.  Soon we will be releasing more videos, raps and a possible eyelash line.

Information: Gail Carter-Cade 904-487-9254  galacar@galacar.com                                                                                                                                             Location: GA LA CAR Beauty Salon, 2640 Cesery Blvd., suite 11 Jacksonville, Fl. 32211     https://www.facebook.com/gala.car/videos/1428129977252390

Community Interest – Humble Status

imagesCAPY2QDPFor over twenty years, from time to time I have been doing Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s hair. She and I like to wear our hair full. Recently I was requested to do Congresswomen’s Brown’s hair. Most of the time when I would go my daughters would accompany me. Congresswoman Brown would always make sure that we had a meal while we were there. This time I went alone. Before I arrived the Congresswoman had purchased food for me. More importantly, It was a pleasure to know that despite her status she still remains humble. Congresswoman Brown served me the food and made sure that I had everything to make me comfortable. This is not a plug it is share appreciation for those who do not let status change them. Ooh La La GA LA CAR…Neutrality.